Cornell Lake Source Cooling Environmental Impact Statement and Public Outreach

Project Details

Client Cornell University Energy and Sustainability
Dates 1993-2000, ongoing
Location Ithaca, NY

Liz Moran of EcoLogic worked with Cornell University from 1993 to 2000 on a comprehensive environmental feasibility investigation of the Lake Source Cooling (LSC) project. The university’s utility engineers designed and constructed an innovative project to tap into the deep cold waters of Cayuga Lake as a renewable resource for campus cooling. The aquatic and terrestrial impacts of the proposal were closely examined through the required state and federal environmental impact analyses. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was approved as final in 1998, following four years of field investigations, analysis, document preparation, and public outreach. The EIS withstood three legal challenges. EcoLogic provided additional scientific support to the project team during final design and construction. Since the facility came online in 2000, EcoLogic has continued to assist Cornell with public outreach related to this unique cooling facility. Visit the Lake Source Cooling website to learn more about the project. An excellent overview also appears in the 2017 article “Lake Source Cooling: Innovation, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability.”

EcoLogic designed the following series of public information posters to support tours of the Heat Exchange Facility: