Students ask University of Kentucky to stop using coal on campus

Lexington Herald-LeaderOctober 27, 2011 

A group of University of Kentucky students and Lexington residents has asked the UK Board of Trustees to consider getting rid of two coal-fired boilers that provide heat to much of campus. Student Patrick Johnson asked the board to conduct a feasibility study on moving UK toward geothermal and solar energy, two sustainable forms of energy that don't pollute the atmosphere. He cited Ball State University, which is in the process of switching from four coal-fired boilers to geothermal units, which use the Earth's natural temperatures to heat and cool buildings. Ball State is estimating it will save $2 million a year after paying $65 million to $70 million to build the system.

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