Cornell to Host Public Forum on Geothermal Energy Project

Earth Source Heat will help meet the 2035 carbon neutrality goal


Cornell University will host a public forum Thursday, May 17, to provide an update on an enhanced geothermal energy system that could be central to heating the Ithaca campus sustainably without the use of fossil fuels. The forum builds upon community meetings held in spring 2017 to discuss the Earth Source Heat (ESH) geothermal project as part of a report outlining ways for Cornell to diversify its renewable energy portfolio in the hopes of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035.

Forum details:

Thursday May 17th, 5:30-6:30pm


The Space at Greenstar, 700 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca 


Featured panelists include:

  • Lance Collins, the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering;
  • Jefferson Tester, the Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems and chief scientist for Earth Source Heat. His research focuses on improving the technical and economic performance of ESH reservoir and drilling systems;
  • Katie Keranen, assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences. Her research uses seismic reflection imaging, along with local and global seismicity, to study active fault zones and regions of active tectonics;
  • Tony Ingraffea, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering. His research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes. He also works to inform public policy related to issues associated with unconventional development of natural gas; and
  • Todd Cowen, professor of civil and environmental engineering and faculty director for energy at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. He is engaged in renewable energy projects in Tompkins County and throughout New York state.
  • Joel Malina, vice president for university relations, will serve as moderator.

Related story links:

Cornell leaders discuss Earth Source Heat at Ithaca forum

Leadership committee to guide Earth Source Heat effort on campus


Questions or Press Contact:

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