Government funds put geothermal heat in Idaho school

For years, the city of Boise, Idaho, has been searching for money to extend its geothermal heat system to Boise State University, and that money finally came through in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

And it came with the news that the project, which will be completed in time for the 2010-11 school year, will create or preserve more than 20 construction and design jobs during a six- to eight-month period. The university will save more than $80,000 a year in heating costs.

"Geothermal heating encourages Boise State's already strong commitment to environmental stewardship, sustainability and economic judiciousness," BSU president Bob Kustra said. "Another benefit is the hands-on research opportunities it affords for our students and faculty as we explore clean energy development."

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