Clemson University Plant

From Global Energy Monitor

Clemson University in South Carolina has a central plant facility to supply steam and chilled water for heating and cooling. In the late 1990s, the University Facilities group decided to upgrade the decades-old central plant, removing three of the four existing coal-fired boilers and adding a natural gas boiler.[1]

After a year-long effort by students, Clemson President Jim Barker announced in Feb. 2011 that the university will be investing in several upgrades, including ending the use of coal on campus. The campaign, spearheaded by Students for Environmental Action at Clemson, is part of an effort to reduce the university’s overall carbon emissions to zero by 2030.[2]



  1. "Renovated College Central Plant Creates Opportunities for Energy Research" Clemson University/Trane Report, October 2002
  2. Kim Teplitzky, "Clemson University to Move Off Coal on Campus!" It's Getting Hot in Here, Feb. 18, 2011.

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