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What is the Roadmap to Zero Carbon?

The Roadmap to Zero Carbon is Swarthmore’s bold vision for realizing its goal of carbon neutrality by 2035 through moving the College away from fossil fuel combustion and toward greater use of renewable energy. 

Contributing to a better world means taking powerful steps forward. Over the next 14 years, Swarthmore will decarbonize our campus energy systems and strengthen our electrical resiliency through:

  • Establishing a stand-by generation plant, serving all of campus, as part of the Dining and Community Commons (DCC)
  • Replacing inefficient, high-pressure steam distribution to campus buildings with efficient, low-temperature hot water distribution through geo-exchange as part of the DCC
  • Installing rooftop solar technologies as part of the DCC
  • Storing and extracting heat in a well field to be established on Parrish lawn
  • Implementing energy efficiency upgrades across campus buildings
  • Procuring offsite renewable electricity from a new renewable energy generation facility in our electric grid