Nebraska Innovation Campus


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Through a unique renewable energy system, UNL students and Lincoln residents help provide energy to heat and cool Nebraska Innovation Campus when they shower and flush. The Centralized Renewable Energy System, or CRES, warms and cools buildings by exchanging heat from treated wastewater discharged from a city facility next to the research park. Sustainable energy strategies are an important part of Nebraska Innovation Campus' value proposition, NIC executive director Dan Duncan said. "It's part of the culture we want to build at Innovation Campus," he said. "We need to do things differently and we need to think about things differently." Under construction on the former state fairgrounds near UNL's City Campus, NIC is adjacent to the Theresa Street Wastewater Facility, which serves 70 percent of Lincoln, including nearly all of UNL. The facility releases treated effluent into Salt Creek, which runs along the north side of the campus.