What Kent State is Doing
Green Building and LEED Projects
While the Office of the University Architect has been incorporating green building strategies in projects for years, there is now a commitment that all new buildings and major renovations will achieve a LEED Silver Certification or better. (https://new.usgbc.org/leed) The first LEED certified building on campus is the renovated Harbourt Hall which achieved LEED Gold Certification. For construction projects too small to be eligible for LEED certification, green building strategies have been incorporated into the University’s Design and Engineering Guidelines.
Construction Waste Management
Construction projects have a target diversion rate of 75%. This means that 75% of construction waste will be reused or recycled rather than landfilled. The first project completed after construction waste management requirements were adopted, the Math Emporium, exceeded a 90% diversion rate.
Cleaning Products: Kent State University is using Green Seal certified cleaning products. Green Seal Certification ensures that a product meets rigorous, science-based leadership standards. These effective and affordable cleaners are better for human health and the environment. http://www.greenseal.org/Home.aspx
Kent State University is in the midst of energy efficiency retrofits across campus. For more information see Energy Conservation Projects (http://www.kent.edu/sustainability/energy_conservation.cfm)
Field House Solar Array
The photovoltaic solar array on the roof of the Field House will generate about 500,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is about one-third of the annual power used by both the university’s Field House and Dix Stadium – enough to power about 50 average homes.
Combined Heat and Power Plant
Kent State’s combined heat and power plant produces about 60% of the Kent campus’ electricity as well as steam and chilled water on a campus loop.
Kent State is working to create more transportation options on and around campus.
Students, faculty and staff can borrow a bicycle for free via the FlashFleet bike sharing program. (http://www.kent.edu/flashfleet/index.cfm)
Free bus service on campus and local routes for students, faculty and staff with a FlashCard. http://www.partaonline.org/riders-guide.html
Electric and Hybrid Fleet
Electric and hybrid options are considered whenever adding or replacing vehicles from the University fleet. Many departments use electric GEMs (http://kentwired.com/university-departments-go-green-with-gems/)on campus, and Fire Safety is using the University’s first Chevy Volt and electric vehicle charging station at Harbourt Hall. (http://www.kent.edu/einside/articledisplay.cfm?newsitem=10605372-F7BA-FB64-C2960CF7FEFB5FD6&issueWeek=2012-06-25 13:42:33) Esplanade and Esplanade Extension
The University is also working to make the campus more walkable. The Esplanade is an example of how this works on campus, and the Esplanade Extension which is currently under construction will help the connectivity of the campus to downtown Kent.
Waste and Recycling
Single Stream Recycling Guide
Kent State uses single stream recycling. All recycling (plastic #1 and #2, glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard) can go in one recycling container. (http://www.kent.edu/sustainability/upload/ksu_single_stream_recycling_guide.pdf)
Kent State University at Kent and Kent State University at Stark participate in RecycleMania. Visit http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/) to learn about the competition and see our standings.
Throw and Go
From spring break until move out at year end, Kent campus residence hall students donate non-perishable food, clothes, rugs, furniture and other items via the Throw ‘n’ Go program. Bins in all the residence halls collect the donations which benefit Portage Family and Community Services. Annual donations are nearing 100,000 pounds! (http://www.kent.edu/einside/briefs.cfm?issueweek=2012-03-19 16:49:23#3042824)