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Sustainable Infrastructure for Campus HVAC

Joel Baetens July 13, 2022

Oberlin College is investing in sustainable ways to transform their district energy system to reduce its carbon intensity. Utilizing well proven heat pump technology allows the college to rely on clean and renewable electricity to power the heating and cooling district energy systems. Modifications underway today are expected to save 90 percent of the natural gas and 80 percent if the water compared to ‘business as usual’ all while providing a positive return on investment.




Meta Themes

  • Accelerate Climate Action


Decarbonizing of utility systems

Purpose and Desired Outcome

I would hope to convince other major system operators to seriously consider our practical and replicable approach to decarbonizing for heating and cooling buildings. We are using common materials, common practices, and making huge impacts to our emissions reduction commitment. I would want to share and coach folks on determining their next steps both conceptually and practically.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Government

  • Service Providers

  • Entrepreneurs


  • NameJoel Baetens, P.E.
  • TitleSenior Manager Energy and Resources
  • OrganizationOberlin College - Office of Environmental Sustainability
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMichael Ahern
  • OrganizationEvergreen Energy
  • StatusInvited
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