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FALL 2010

  • President Rebecca Chopp signs the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, joining leaders of institutions in higher education across the country in accelerating educational and operational efforts to address climate change. Learn more about Swarthmore's long tradition of honoring the environment.

Fall 2017

  • The Energy Strategy for Sustainability and Resiliency is established.

Fall 2018

  • Swarthmore partners with Integral Group and Greener U to embark on an energy planning process.

Summer 2019

  • The Roadmap to Zero Carbon Energy and Utility Plan is completed. 


May 2020 

  • The Board of Managers approves capital funding for a back-up generation plant to improve electrical resiliency as part of the annual capital plan approval.


  • The stand-by generation plant is completed and commissioned.


  • 60-70% of the geoexchange plant is built out.
  • Initial well field zones are drilled.
  • Main hot and chilled water supply and return lines are installed from the geoexchange plant to the north campus and connected to the north quad hot water piping.


  • The north quad buildings are connected to the supply and return lines.
  • The geoexchange plant and well field are completed.


  • Hot and chilled water supply and return lines are run to the west, east, and south.
  • Campus buildings on the west, east, and south campus are connected to the geoexchange plant.
  • The legacy steam heating system is decommissioned.


  • The College reaches its goal of carbon-free sources for all on-site energy use.