Starting in 2010, Bemidji State University (BSU) began work to develop their Climate Action Plan. In 2013, BSU hired LHB Engineering and Ever-Green Energy to conduct a biomass feasibility study for the campus energy program. This initial assessment found that biomass is available at a cost that is competitive with fossil fuels and could technically be integrated with BSU’s existing energy infrastructure. Moreover, the integration of biomass into BSU’s fuel mix would provide the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase investments into the local economy, support the resurgence of the local biomass industry, broaden the base for environmental education, and diversify BSU’s fuel program. In addition, the study team identified an opportunity to integrate the campus district energy system with the Bemidji community, serving the energy needs of privately-owned buildings adjacent to the University.
About Bemidji State University: BSU is a public state institution in north central Minnesota on the shores of Lake Bemidji. Founded in 1919, the university serves over 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. BSU has a strong commitment to sustainability with an office and educational programing dedicated to environmental issues. Campus stakeholders including students, staff, faculty, and administrators have come together to develop a more ecologically and economically sustainable campus.
Ever-Green Energy’s Role: Ever-Green worked with LHB Engineering to lead a biomass feasibility study for the campus energy program.
- Reduce their carbon footprint
- Model stewardship of land and water
- Educate on sustainability issues
Stakeholders: Bemidji State University, City of Bemidji, Bemidji Joint Economic Development Commission, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Technologies Considered: biomass, combined heat and power, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, hot water district heating, thermal storage