T HE FUTURE NATIONAL WESTERN CENTER
(https://nationalwesterncenter.com/) campus in Denver,
Colorado, will source nearly 90% of its heating and
cooling from an underground sewer pipeline—a recycled
source of thermal energy—through an agreement with EAS
Energy Partners. When complete, the 3.8-megawatt system will
be the largest sewer-heat recovery system in North America.
The benefits of the system include reduced greenhouse gas
emissions, energy efficiency of buildings, and improved air
quality and health.
Under construction now, the National Western Center will
be a year-round global destination for agriculture and food
innovation, western heritage, and culture, opening in north
Denver in 2024. Its master plan envisioned a sustainable,
low-carbon campus with ambitious goals for clean energy.
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As part of its sustainability promise, the National Western Center will pull thermal energy from wastewater instead of burning natural gas, preventing the emission
of approximately 2,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year.