Geothermal Energy

Regardless the temperature outside, you will always feel comfortable inside Grant, Lincoln, and Douglas Halls. However, the process of heating and cooling these UIC buildings was one of the largest consumers of energy with the highest levels of greenhouse gas emissions on campus.

That is why we cut it in half.


50% savings in energy consumption & Zero carbon emissions

Constant indoor temperature of 73 degrees F all year long!

Geothermal Power!

aerial view of the 300-feet-tall University Hall building

There is a geothermal system below the field just east of University hall that hosts a vertical labyrinth of pipes that heat and cool the air in Grant, Lincoln, and Douglas Halls.  As tall as University Hall is, that’s how deep the structure sits underground.

The pipes inside Lincoln Hall that carry geothermal energy in and out of the building

This building uses a closed-loop system with sensors, heat pumps and air exchangers, taking advantage of the relatively constant earth temperatures in the well field to maintain a comfortable indoor air environment year-round.

In the winter, the closed loop pipes bring up the ‘heat of the earth’. An electric compressor collects the warmth, and the building’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system distributes the warm air. In the summer, the process goes in reverse. The pipes draw away the indoor heat and carry it back underground.

student working on a laptop inside Lincoln Hall (Photo: Callie Lipkin)

Actions like taking public transportation and using energy-efficient appliances are examples of individual efforts that benefit the environment on a global scale. Celebrate UIC’s green culture today as part of the community and embrace it for the future outside the institution.