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Earth Source Heat Open House & Site Visit

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Palm Rd E Parking, Palm Rd, Ithaca NY

Earth Source Heat, Cornell’s version of a deep geothermal system, may hold the potential to sustainably heat Cornell’s Ithaca campus without the use of fossil fuels. The next step in determining the feasibility of Earth Source Heat is to drill a two-mile borehole – the Cornell University Borehole Observatory (CUBO) – that will allow Cornell faculty and researchers to more accurately understand the geological conditions beneath campus. Learn more at

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., join Cornell faculty and staff researching deep geothermal energy for an open house at the future site of CUBO.

Attendees will be able to engage with experts at a series of stations, allowing members of the Cornell and surrounding community to better understand where the borehole will be located and what researchers hope to discover during this next phase in 2022.

The event will be held outdoors with an indoor option in case of inclement weather.

Location: This site is currently in use as a parking lot and is located on Cornell-owned property near Palm Road in the Town of Ithaca (Palm Rd E Parking, Palm Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850).

Parking: Parking is available onsite (follow event parking signs).

COVID-19 Guidelines:

  • Masks are required of all attendees, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Attendees who are current Cornell students or employees must complete the Daily Check health assessment and show their Cornell ID for admission to the event.
  • Attendees who are not current Cornell employees or students must bring photo ID and provide one of the following when arriving at an event:
    • proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine (Excelsior Pass encouraged, but photo, screenshot or copy of vaccination card are acceptable);
    • results of a negative FDA- or DOH-authorized PCR, rapid PCR, or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) COVID-19 test collected within 72 hours of the event start; or
    • an FDA-authorized antigen test performed on a specimen collected within six hours of the event start.
  • Children ages 12 and older must also present proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival at the event. Photo ID is not required if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Children younger than age 12 (i.e. ages 2-11) are not required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.

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Cornell Engineering, Sustainability, Campus Sustainability Office

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This in person event is open to all members of the Cornell and surrounding community.