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State officials and college representatives joined Middlesex President Carole Cowan and U.S. Rep. John Tierney
at a Bedford campus ceremony to launch the new Trustees' House geothermal project.
iddlesex President Carole Cowan joined U.S.
Rep. John Tierney and state officials at a recent
ceremony on the Bedford campus to "flip the
switch" launching an innovative new
geothermal project part of "The Greening of MCC."
Geothermal technology has been installed to replace the
heating/cooling equipment in Trustees' House, a three-
story, 9,800-square-foot building on the Bedford campus.
The project is a collaboration between MCC and the
Division of Capital Asset Management, the agency
responsible for major public-building construction and real-
estate services for Massachusetts. Construction began last
spring and was completed this fall.
In addition to a 2008 federal grant received through the
efforts of Congressman Tierney, Middlesex has been awarded
a new $75,000 state grant from the Department of Energy
Resources' Lead by Example program to support the
$300,000 Trustees' House geothermal project.
In conjunction with the project, Middlesex has created a
geothermal module in its "Environmental Science"
(ENV131) course. MCC students will be able to monitor
the project's above-ground dashboard/kiosk, leading to an
increased understanding of geothermal technology.
"The geothermal technology will help us in terms of energy
reduction and sustainability by replacing heating/cooling
equipment that was at the end of its life," said Matthew
Sepe, MCC's dean of facilities management. "It will also cut
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