American higher education campuses in cold-weather areas have traditionally used oil- and coal-fired boilers to generate steam for heating. But many institutions, including some that have already shifted to natural gas, are looking for ways to reduce their reliance on fossil-derived resources.


This report serves as an educational resource for higher education institutions, offering

(1) insights from universities and colleges that are at different points in their heating sustainability journeys and whose real-world experience can help others in their decision-making process,

(2) technical information and implementation examples for seven different commercially available non-fossil-based heating technologies, and

(3) case studies describing the heating decarbonization paths of eight higher education institutions: Bates College, Boston University, Connecticut College, Denison University, the Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Iowa, and University of Maine.


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