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our reliance on fossil fuels, reducing our carbon footprint."
Sepe explained that MCC installed a horizontal, closed-loop
system, which uses a network of high-density polyethylene
pipes to transfer heat to and from the earth. The pipes are
buried in horizontal trenches behind Trustees' House.
The system works through a ground-source heat pump that
recovers solar energy stored in the ground, transfers it into
the building, and then transfers heat from the building into
the earth, said Sepe. Because the earth's temperature is very
stable, the system operates at extremely high efficiencies.
For more information about MCC's geothermal project, contact
Dean of Facilities Management Matthew Sepe, at or 781-280-3523.
To learn more about MCC's "Environmental Science" (ENV131)
course, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit:
MCC President Carole Cowan watched as Congressman Tierney "flipped
the switch" in the basement of Trustees' House.