Whether you are currently a part of the Kent State University community, and are considering joining us, or are interested in learning more about our sustainability initiatives, we welcome you to explore this site. Check back often as we continue our journey toward sustainability, and please contact us with questions, comments or suggestions.

Sustainability Resources & Initiatives

Academics

Many faculty members across Kent State’s colleges and schools incorporate sustainability into their courses.  View the course inventory below or check out the following areas, which may be helpful starting points. Another option is to ask your advisor.

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Energy

Energy consumption and production are important factors in sustainability.  The most effective action we can take to reduce the impact of energy production is to reduce our consumption.  For the energy we do use, we want to consider how it is produced and transmitted.  Kent State University is addressing all of these aspects of campus energy.

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Food

Find healthy, delicious, and sustainablw food options and projects on campus.

Sustainability Initiatives from Dining Services

  • Responsible Sourcing: we purchase local, seasonal and responsibly raised, grown and sourced products whenever possible.
  • Reusable To-Go Containers
  • Kent State of Wellness Featured Meals
  • 100% biodegradable carry-out containers in our dining halls made from post-consumer recycled material
  • $0.99 refills on coffee and tea when you use a reusable mug or tumbler
  • Chinaware available

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Green Building

Green building strategies have the potential to improve buildings by increasing energy efficiency, decreasing operating costs, improving indoor air and environmental quality, and reducing water use.  The U.S. Green Building Council developed a building rating system known as LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, as a tool to rate green buildings and to help green building strategies become industry standards.  The four levels of LEED certification are Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

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Natural Areas

Kent State University Kent Campus is located in the City of Kent in northeast Ohio in Portage County. Kent sits along the Cuyahoga River, which drains into the Lake Erie watershed. Portage County is in the Glaciated Allegheny Plateau, with evidence of rolling hills, bogs, and kettle lakes. The Kent Campus has a variety of habitats including forested areas, vernal pools, wetlands, pollinator habitat, a prairie, five formal gardens, and two campus gardens. University Facilities Management's Grounds crews maintain the 950 acres of the Kent Campus. We take immense pride in the beautification of our campus and realize the importance of a clean, healthy, and safe environment. 

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Transportation

 Kent State strives to create many transportation options on campus including walkability, biking trails, public transit, ride sharing, electric vehicle charging stations, and the zero emission vehicle. 

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Recycling/Waste

Kent State University is a single-stream campus, where different recyclable materials can be placed in the same recycling bin on campus. Everyone’s actions to recycle and minimize waste at Kent State University divert thousands of pounds of waste from landfills, protect the environment, and conserve natural resources.

Resource recovery and materials management is fundamental in 1) reducing waste sent to landfills, 2) protecting the environment, and 3) conserving natural resources. While following the 3R’s users can make the most difference by first Reducing, then Reusing, and lastly Recycling.

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Water

Many issues surround water, whether it is stormwater, drinking water, or waste water; quantity, quality, flow.  We want the right kind, in the right amount, in the right place, at the right time. Kent state uses many resources to preserve water such as green roofs, stormwater management, bioretention areas,and permeable pavement.

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Students

Get Involved

There are many ways for students to become involved in sustainability on campus.

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View real-time electricity and utility usage on campus.

Real Time Electricity and Utility Usage on Campus

Real time utility usage comparing current week to previous week. Sort by building type and usage including electricity, steam, chilled water, domestic water, and carbon dioxide generated.

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