The central plant on campus supplies buildings with climate control through its boiler and chiller plants. The facility houses primary and secondary water pumps and electrical switchgear, which allow it to seamlessly provide heating and cooling to all buildings on campus.
(Solar cross walk sign)
Solar panels can be found scattered throughout campus. The largest array sits atop what is known as the old Honors House and is a 4.16 KW system. There are also solar panels on many crosswalk signs across campus. NKU plans to invest in more solar as finances allow.
In 2015, NKU opened the newly renovated and expanded Campus Recreation Center. The building, totaling over 169,000 square feet, achieved a LEED Gold building certification upon completion. The sustainable features of the building include native landscaping plants, abundant natural lighting, and 80 geothermal wells.
The Campus Recreation Center geothermal wells extend 400 feet below the ground and taps into the renewable heat energy of the Earth's crust. This geothermal energy is used to help heat and cool the building.