We’re revitalizing the campus and furthering our commitment to sustainability.
The Science Building, which is being renovated in phases as resources become available, has undergone an initial renovation that introduced cutting-edge, environmentally friendly “green” fume hoods in four of its laboratories. During the second phase of the renovation, we intend to expand the use of this technology to additional laboratories. Cognizant of the environmental impact of any construction project, we intend to expand the use of the space to include the arts.
By bringing the arts and sciences under a single roof, we hope to model the true meaning of integrated, interdisciplinary instruction at the heart of our campus. This initiative also limits our physical footprint and maximizes space allocation.
In an unprecedented move, the Board of Trustees approved the construction of a central geothermal plant. The facility will power most of the Yellow Springs campus, making Antioch the only school in the country that’s heated and cooled almost exclusively by geothermal and solar power. Although considerably more expensive to construct than traditional alternatives, these improvements will reduce campus energy costs by $500,000 annually when the campus is fully developed.
The College broke ground on the solar farm in early September—a collaboration between Antioch College, Solar Power and Light (SP&L) and SolarCity, the nation’s largest solar service provider. The farm includes approximately 3,300 solar panels, built on five acres of College property adjacent to the Antioch Farm. The College’s alternative energy efforts will offer the campus significant long-term savings. The College’s central geothermal plant, currently under construction, is projected to save $500,000 in annual maintenance and energy costs, and, combined with the solar farm, the College estimates a savings of more than $15 million over the approximate 30-year life span of both facilities.