Campus Sustainability Month 2022

Kent State University is proud to participate in Campus Sustainability Month throughout October. This annual event, hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), celebrates higher education sustainability achievements while raising awareness of the value of sustainability in higher education. During Campus Sustainability Month, institutions around the world engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become leaders for sustainability and celebrate successes.

We hope you will join as we celebrate our sustainability successes during #CampusSustainabilityMonth and throughout the rest of the year!


Join us for a celebration of Campus Sustainability Month events at Kent State University! With your ideas, support and involvement, campus sustainability advancements will continue throughout the year! We are hosting or are promoting the sustainability-related events occurring during October at Kent State University listed below.

2022 Kent State University Campus Sustainability Month Sustainability-Related Events

  • National Solar Tour October 1-2
  • Kent State Solar and Sustainability Teach-In September 30
  • Kent State Electric Vehicle Education Event October 2
  • Kent State Field House Solar Tour Site October 2
  • Bra Recycling Drive
  • Project Green Challenge
  • Bowman Cup 5k Walk/Run October 1
  • Energy Efficiency Day October 5
  • Meditation in the Wild Workshop October 6
  • Construction Management Career Fair October 7
  • Day Hike at Fort Hill Earth Works October 8
  • Community Engaged Learning Alternative Fall Break October 13-15
  • Global Climate Change Week October 12-18
  • Environmental Science and Design Research Institute Workshop October 18
  • Market Stanzas October 22
  • Community Engaged Learning Make a Difference Day October 22
  • Kent State Farmers' Market October 25
  • Health and Wellness Exploration Fair October 26
  • AASHE’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (GCSHE) October 18, 26, November 3
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day October 29
  • Recreation and Wellness Services events
  • Kent State of Well-being free online meditation

Sustainability Conferences/ Related Events


National Solar Tour

Kent State is part of the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour and part of the ASES local "Kent State University Solar and Sustainability Tour" and the "Ohio Wish You Were Here" tour on October 1-2, 2022. Seven Kent State sites are part of the ASES National VIRTUAL Solar Tour. and one Kent State site is part of in-person tours. 


Kent State University Solar and Sustainability Teach-In Event

Friday September 30, 2022 at 9:00am
DI Hub Auditorium 219
Join us for a Campus Sustainability Month and National Solar Tour Teach-In! Speakers will highlight the solar and electric vehicle industry, the renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives Kent State has implemented, and share where Kent State is headed in the future with the Campus Sustainability Plan. A question and answer session with participants will follow speakers’ presentations.

Dr. Joe Ortiz, Department of Earth Sciences Professor
Bob Misbrener, Office of the University Architect Project Manager II
Melanie Knowles, Sustainability Manager

Moderated by Dr. Cameron Lee, Department of Geography Assistant Professor 


Kent State University Electric Vehicle Education Event

Sunday October 2, 2022 from 2:00-4:00pm
Field House Parking lot at 2227 Summit Street; Kent, Ohio

Learn about electric vehicle awareness, education, and use at this Kent State University event! Drivers from Clean Fuels Ohio in NE Ohio and Kent will share information about their Electric Vehicles. 


Kent State University Field House 463 KWDC Solar Array 2022 National Solar Tour Site

Sunday October 2, 2022 from 2:00-4:00pm
Field House Parking lot at 2227 Summit Street; Kent, Ohio

NOTE: We regret that roof access will not be possible for th is tour- however the array is visible from the ground. 


10th Annual Bra Recycling Drive

Kent State University’s Office of Sustainability, the Women’s Center, and Human Resources Employee Wellness and Health Promotion are hosting a bra recycling drive from October 3 through October 28, to collect reusable or worn-out bras and reduce the number of textiles in landfills. Bras that are in good condition will be donated to the Phyllis Zumkehr County Clothing Center, and worn-out bras will be recycled. 


Project Green Challenge

Starting on October 1, Project Green Challenge will inform, inspire and mobilize high school, college, and grad students worldwide around climate action, public health, sustainability, social justice and advocacy. This powerful and diverse call to action features 30 days of environmentally–themed challenges to touch lives, shift mindsets, and equip students with knowledge, resources and mentorship to lead change on campuses and in communities.

Through conscious living, informed consumption, and individual and collective action, Project Green Challenge (PGC) participants are challenged to envision and work toward the healthy, just, resilient future they want to thrive in.

Each day during the month of October, a uniquely themed challenge will be delivered to registered participants by email at 6 am Pacific Time. Each challenge will be live for 24 hours, inviting students to complete actions, upload deliverables, acquire points and heal the planet. Deliverables include photos, videos, creative artwork and written content uploaded to the PGC site and across Turning Green social platforms. Thoughtfully curated, theme-related prize packages will be awarded daily for outstanding submissions.


Energy Efficiency Day

October 5, 2022, is Energy Efficiency Day, but efficiency is year-round. On October 5, 2022, a growing network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities and others will showcase the benefits of energy efficiency during the 7th annual nationwide Energy Efficiency Day. Look for #EEDay2021 and #EnergyEfficiency on social media.


Oct. 6 Meditation in the Wild Virtual Workshop

Learn skills to practice when you start to feel sad, stressed, or overwhelmed. Open to students from all campuses. Registration required.\

Oct. 7 Construction Management Career Fair

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design Construction Management Career Fair is an event for students interested in connecting with the construction industry for full-time employment and internship opportunities.

Oct. 8 Day Hike at Fort Hill Earthworks Trail

Join the Adventure Center staff on a beautifully relaxing hiking through the Fort Hill Earthworks Trail. There are beautiful views of the forest, creek beds and rivers, and possibly some wildlife like turtles and birds! This is a 4.6 mile hike on their loop trail. Cost: $10

Oct. 12-18 Global Climate Action Week

Global Climate Change Week is a platform supporting academic communities to engage in climate change actions and solutions.

Oct. 16 World Food Day

The food you choose and the way you consume it affect our health and that of our planet. It has an impact on the way agri-food systems work. So you need to be part of the change.

Oct. 18 ESDRI WORKSHOP: Getting published in environmental science and design

Curious about how to get your work published? Maybe this is all new to you? Come for an overview of the publishing process, followed by a Q&A portion for your specific questions. Hosted by ESDRI Co-Directors -- who are two tenured, active faculty -- this event is open to the public.


Oct. 22 Market Stanzas

Market Stanzas is a community arts project created by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University in partnership with Haymaker Farmers’ Market in celebration of their 30th anniversary. Community members can share memories about the market to add to a growing community poem.

Oct. 22 Community Engaged Learning Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others, as millions of Americans rally in a single day of action to help change the world. Make a Difference Day will take place at Kent State on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

A number of opportunities will be available for Kent State community members to make an impact.  Please check back later for information about specific projects and service sites and registration. Questions? E-mail

Oct. 26 Health and Wellness Exploration Fair

The Health and Wellness Exploration Fair is a career fair to connect students interested in careers in the medical, health, and wellness fields. Come learn about possible job opportunities, internships, and career routes. All students are welcome to the event! Pre-Registration is optional.

Oct. 29 DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

10 a.m. - 2 p.m

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Kent State & City of Kent Year-Round Drop-Off Locations

Kent State University
Stockdale Building metal drop-off box located outside
530 E Summit St Kent OH 44240 
Phone: 330-672-3111

Kent Police Department
metal drop-off box outside in parking lot
319 S Water St Kent OH 44240
Phone: 330-673-7732


Kent State of Well-being Free Online Meditation

Are you feeling stressed out from all the recent adjustments you’ve had to make this semester? Is news about the coronavirus pandemic leaving you anxious?

Kent State of Well-being, Kent State University’s healthy campus initiative, is hosting free facilitated online meditation sessions. Meditation sessions last 30 minutes and are open to all members of the Kent State community. There is no obligation to attend. You can choose when you decide to participate.


Recreation and Wellness Services Events