Conference Recordings

Drilling Through the Carbon Barrier

Published March 18, 2021
Presented by Dennis Carlberg, Boston University | Robert Koester, Ball State University | Mike Walters, MEP Associates, a Salas O’Brien Company | Joshua Michaud, BR+A Consulting Engineers
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Ball State University, Boston University

Many institutions face scale-related challenges in pursuing carbon neutrality. This session will explore how the unique settings of both Boston University and Ball State University drove the success of their ground-source solutions. As a model for other institutions, we'll contextualize and detail two of the largest and deepest ground-source heat pump-chiller systems used to unlock campus-wide carbon neutrality. Come learn about the tangible strategies and outcomes from leading-edge campus decarbonization and find a path forward for carbon neutrality on your campus.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain how to turn climate action plans into reality by using integrated systems-wide campus-scale strategies to eliminate fossil fuels and achieve carbon neutrality.
  2. Describe how to adjust carbon neutrality strategies for both rural and urban campuses.
  3. Prioritize load reduction measures to reduce cost hurdles of ground-source and renewable energy procurement.
  4. Identify the steps you must take to actively manage the decision-making process, coordinate the necessary team members, and mitigate risk to successfully implement large-scale ground-source systems.


Dennis Carlberg

Associate Vice President of University Sustainability
Boston University

Robert Koester

Director, Center for Energy Research, Education & Service
Ball State University

Mike Walters

MEP Associates, a Salas O’Brien Company

Joshua Michaud

Associate Principal
BR+A Consulting Engineers

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU/HSW 1.0 Unit (SCUPN21C1059) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Recorded March 18, 2021.

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