The project is a landfill gas-to-energy one that uses purified methane from a nearby landfill to power the campus.

The five million square-foot campus will receive up to 85% of its electricity and heat from purified natural gas, making it first university in America to use landfill gas as its primary fuel source.

Mark Huddleston, university president, said: “This massive project, more than four years in the making, will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and stabilize our fuel source and costs,”

“EcoLine showcases our fiscal and environmental responsibility and secures our leadership position in sustainability.”

After the gas is purified and compressed at a new processing plant, it travels through a 12.7-mile-pipeline from the landfill to the university’s cogeneration plant, where it will replace commercial natural gas as the primary fuel source.

Luke Walsh

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