Decarbonization in Progress

About This Project

As a climate change action leader, Dartmouth is committed to reaching carbon zero operations by 2050. To reach that goal, we must reshape how we heat, cool, and power our campus. The addition of an expanded geo-exchange system to our campus energy technology portfolio will help us meet our energy needs while generating zero carbon emissions. 


Dartmouth has already completed geo-exchange testing to gather data for designing the large geo-exchange borefields required for our decarbonized energy portfolio. This spring, we plan to drill three to six test boreholes in Chase Field to better understand the conditions in that area and test out different drilling methods. This data will help us develop a finalized plan for how to approach installing future geo-exchange wells. 

Drilling activity will begin on Tuesday, March 19, and take place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., on weekdays. To mitigate noise, we are constructing a hay bale sound barrier around the work site and will monitor sound levels.

Project Team & Contact

Sustainability Team 

  • Rosi Kerr, Director of Sustainability 

  • Marcus Welker, Assistant Director of Sustainability 

Construction Team 

  • Keith Martin, Skanska: Project Manager 

  • Allied: Drill Operations 


If you have questions or concerns about the project or are experiencing a disruption because of the work, please reach out to our outreach team led by: 

Rosi Kerr & Marcus Welker