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 panels can be found at two locations on campus. One panel (pictured here) can be found at the TANK bus stop adjacent to the MEP building. Three additional solar arrays can be found at the CEAD (Center for Economic Analysis and Development) building located at 2622 Alexandria Pike.
The CEAD solar arrays, although they are located on the same roof, capture and store solar energy in different ways. They were installed side-by-side with the intent that they can be compared for performance.
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 tap into the renewable heat energy of the Earth's crust. This geothermal energy is used to help heat and cool the building.