Kent State Receives Ohio EPA Environmental Excellence Awards
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency presented its Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Awards recently at the Ohio EPA’s second Sustainability Conference in Columbus.
Doug Pearson, associate vice president of Facilities Planning and Operations (middle) and Melanie Knowles (right), Manager of Sustainability for Facilities Planning & Operations, accepted the award on behalf of Kent State University. Also pictured is Laurie A. Stevenson, director of the Ohio EPA.
Kent State was evaluated based on 19 environmental stewardship criteria, and was recognized at the gold level for its storm water management program encompassing vegetative roofs, constructed wetlands, permeable pavers, rain gardens and more.
Additionally, Kent State’s airport was one of 20 nationally selected by the Federal Aviation Administration for sustainability project funding.
Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence E3 Program recognizes an organization’s exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship. The Encouraging Environmental Excellence Gold Level recognizes businesses, nonprofits and government agencies that have comprehensive environmental stewardship programs that go above and beyond compliance while demonstrating environmental excellence.