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Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour: Saturday September 29: Canceled

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CANCELED Event Update: https://www.kent.edu/kent/news/event-update-kent-creativity-festival

See green technologies in our community including renewable energy, green building and clean transportation!

The Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour will take place Saturday, September 29 from 12 - 4 p.m. at multiple locations at Kent State University and in the City of Kent, Ohio. This FREE self-guided open house is the 2nd Annual Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour and is part of the 16th Annual Green Energy Ohio Tour that highlights sites that are using innovative technologies that benefit the environment. While the Kent State University Fieldhouse Solar Array has been a part of the Greater Akron Solar Tour in the past, this is the second year for multiple tour sites in Portage County. The Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour is a joint event co-sponsored by the Kent State University Office of Sustainability and the City of Kent Sustainability Commission. 

This FREE event is an open house tour where participants can stop at the sites below at the times listed or take a guided bike tour led by Kent Cycle. Search the statewide Green Energy Ohio website for tour site address and times in Kent, Ohio: https://www.greenenergyoh.org/2018-green-energy-ohio-tour/tour-map/

Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour Poster 8.5"x11" 

Kent Clean Transportation Cruise-In Map

Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour Sites

  • Kent State University Center for Architecture and Environmental Design 12 - 4 p.m. Guided building tours start on the hour at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Meet for tours at main entrance vestibule (near the 1st floor cafe), the entrance that faces South Lincoln (Fashion School)
    132 S Lincoln Street Kent, Ohio 44242
    300 FLASHPERKS Event!

    Visitors, alumni and friends from around the world will tour the 110,191 square-foot contemporary glass-and-brick building, stretching along the Lefton Esplanade from Lincoln Street towards downtown Kent. The center received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which will make it one of the largest buildings in Ohio to reach this high standard. Some of the features include a partial green roof to capture and recycle rain water, 131 geothermal wells (each 405-feet deep) to provide an efficient heating and cooling source for the building and glass curtain walls designed to optimize daylight while reducing the need for artificial light. The exterior contains 91,000 custom bricks produced by Ohio’s Belden Brick Company that brings together colors exemplifying the strong and continuously growing relationship between the university and downtown Kent. The center brings exceptional design to Kent State’s architecture, architectural studies and interior design programs, and unites students and faculty from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design under one roof to serve as an educational model for design excellence. The distinctive building was conceived in 2012, when the university initiated an international competition. After more than a yearlong process, internationally renowned New York-based firm WEISS/MANFREDI was named as the lead designer, Richard L. Bowen & Associates as the architect of record and Gilbane Building Company as the construction manager. The Center for Architecture and Environmental Design opened in the Fall of 2016.
  • PARKING: Visitors can view the Kent State parking map and available spaces and times here: https://www.kent.edu/parking/kent-campus-parking-map. There are a few options for parking including 1) Kent State University Museum Parking Visitor Spots in R1 Rockwell Hall parking lot. The museum is located at the corner of State Route 59 and Lincoln Street. Visitor parking spaces are located adjacent to the building in the R-1 Rockwell parking lot.; 2) R1 Rockwell Hall metered parking spaces. Payment by meter required. Meters accept coins and credit cards.Rates: $1.00 for 1 hour. Maximum time 2 hours. The R1 Rockwell lot is located on Front Campus near the corner of South Lincoln Street and East Main Street. It can be accessed from South Lincoln Street.; 3) R-17 May Prentice House Parking Visitor spots or spaces available for use after restricted hours.
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  • Kent State University Field House Solar Array 12 - 2 p.m. 
    Kent State University Field House 2227 Summit Street Kent, Ohio
    44242 
    When the solar array construction was completed by Third Sun Solar in July 2012, the nearly half megawatt (463 kW) system was the largest NE Ohio solar panel system within the 13 Public University System in Ohio, and believed to be the largest rooftop installation of any Ohio university. The 463 kW system made up of 1,716 multi-crystalline silicon panels, occupies almost an acre of the south facing roof. Through July 2018, the system has generated 3,163,969 kWh of clean energy. Enough to power 353 homes for a year and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2,596 tons! Annual production has been reliable and consistent at about 500,000 kWh.
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  • Kent State University CAED USB Charging Pavilion 12 - 4p.m.
    Kent State University Center for Architecture and Environmental Design 132 S Lincoln Street Kent, Ohio 44242
    Students enrolled in an architecture seminar, spring 2017, participated in a workshop investigating, and building a small-scale sustainable project.  Taught by Associate Professor Greg Stroh with lab assistance from Chip Clark, of the FabLab at the CAED, the build workshop’s initial research project constructed a solar powered USB charging station for use as a bus wait structure on campus. The students researched materials/fabrication, detailing, assembly, and sustainability issues through a set of modules, ranging from the technical to the aesthetic, with the final assembly taking place at the end of the spring semester.  Both traditional and advanced technologies were deployed within the making of the project - from cnc milling of the bench to the hand varnishing of the marine plywood.  A solar panel on the roof powers six-usb ports, integrated into the bench for powering up devices while patrons wait for the next bus.
    PARKING: Visitors can view the Kent State parking map and available spaces and times here: https://www.kent.edu/parking/kent-campus-parking-map. There are a few options for parking including 1) Kent State University Museum Parking Visitor Spots in R1 Rockwell Hall parking lot. The museum is located at the corner of State Route 59 and Lincoln Street. Visitor parking spaces are located adjacent to the building in the R-1 Rockwell parking lot.; 2) R1 Rockwell Hall metered parking spaces. Payment by meter required. Meters accept coins and credit cards.Rates: $1.00 for 1 hour. Maximum time 2 hours. The R1 Rockwell lot is located on Front Campus near the corner of South Lincoln Street and East Main Street. It can be accessed from South Lincoln Street.; 3) R-17 May Prentice House Parking Visitor spots or spaces available for use after restricted hours.
  • City of Kent Police Station 12 - 4 p.m.
    301 S Depeyster Street Kent, OH 44240

    The City of Kent Police Station is a $10.4 million dollar 34,000 square foot three-story facility serving the community. Designed by DS Architecture and built by RFC Contracting the police station sits on the corner of S. Depeyster Street and Haymaker overlooking downtown. The facility includes a jail, an administrative wing, an emergency operations center, a dispatch service area, and a training facility that doubles as community meeting room. The police station is aiming for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED building features include: energy efficient operating systems, high recycled content materials, natural daylighting, sustainable landscaping with low and no mow wild grasses, and a detention pond to capture storm water.
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  • Kent Cooperative Housing Franklin House with Solar Panels 12 - 4 p.m.
    For site address in Kent, Ohio visit:
     https://www.greenenergyoh.org/2018-green-energy-ohio-tour/tour-map/
    Kent Cooperative Housing’s Franklin house provides a home to four Kent residents and features a 3,290 kw roof-mounted, grid-tied, residential, solar PV array system installed in 2012 by Appalachian Renewable Power. Our purpose at KCH is to promote social activities and cooperative fellowship by offering shared, low-cost housing to individuals in our community regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or LGBTQIA identity and thus influences the community to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in housing. We strive to advance the cause of cooperative education for individuals with limited resources, as well as initiate, coordinate, direct, and otherwise participate in educational and social efforts and programs for the education of its members and others in the philosophy, principles and practices of all cooperatives. Kent Cooperative Housing is committed to sustainable living and we invite you to stop by and learn more about our solar array’s benefits to the Franklin House and the larger Kent community! Short term parking is available for free across the street at the Kent Post Office.
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  • Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center Gallery solar panels and solar battery generator 1 - 5 p.m.
    300 N. Water St., Suite H Kent, OH 44240

    Gallery, Art and Education Cultural Art Center: Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a non profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Our Mission is To Build Community Through The Arts.  We do that by providing opportunities for Children and the General Public to explore the arts.  We offer artists the opportunity to bring their work to the public at our gallery, 300 N. Water St., in Downtown Kent, Ohio.We invite and welcome sponsors to help cover expenses for our art and educational activities. Donations are tax deductible.Type of Energy System(s): OFF GRID: Solar Panels Battery Systems with Inverter Size of Energy System(kWs): 500 Watts Self-Installed. 
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  • Bruder Residence with solar panels 12 - 4 p.m.
    For site address in Kent, Ohio visit: https://www.greenenergyoh.org/2018-green-energy-ohio-tour/tour-map/
    This PV system consists of 33 solar panels producing approximately 7 mgW annually.  It is a “net meter” system tied to the grid with no batteries. The system utilizes microinverters at each solar panel as opposed to a large central inverter. It also includes live production feedback via internet connection to the system. The system was professionally designed and installed by Astrum Solar. Visitors can park using ample on-street parking on the south side of Hollister Dr. 
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  • Ruchotzke Residence with solar panels 12 - 4 p.m.
    For site address in Kent, Ohio visit: https://www.greenenergyoh.org/2018-green-energy-ohio-tour/tour-map/

    Private 1920s home on a 1/8 acre city lot. East-facing roof has 16 panels. West-facing roof has 6 panels. A Fiat 500e charges using a standard 110amp outlet. The back yard has the beginnings of a food forest using permaculture techniques such as hugelkultur, composting, no-till planting and perennial edibles.
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Kent Clean Transportation Cruise-In 

Located adjacent to the Kent Creativity Festival in KSU's R17 parking lot at the southeast corner of E. Main and S. Willow streets (near Starbucks) . Behind KSU Cutler Building 414 E. Main Street
This family-friendly event will showcase energy-efficient vehicles (EEVs) including hybrid and electric models (e.g. Tesla, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Honda Civic Hybrid, KSU's Zero Emission Vehicle). Children and adults are encouraged to “Touch-an-Energy Efficient Vehicle”.  Local public and bike  transportation options will also be highlighted.  Located adjacent to the Kent Creativity Festival in KSU's R17 parking lot at the southeast corner of E Main and S Willow streets (near Starbucks).
PARKING: Visitors can view the Kent State parking map and available spaces and times here: https://www.kent.edu/parking/kent-campus-parking-map. There are a few options for parking including 1) Kent State University Museum Parking Visitor Spots in R1 Rockwell Hall parking lot. The museum is located at the corner of State Route 59 and Lincoln Street. Visitor parking spaces are located adjacent to the building in the R-1 Rockwell parking lot.; 2) R1 Rockwell Hall metered parking spaces. Payment by meter required. Meters accept coins and credit cards. Rates: $1.00 for 1 hour. Maximum time 2 hours. The R1 Rockwell lot is located on Front Campus near the corner of South Lincoln Street and East Main Street. It can be accessed from South Lincoln Street.; 3) R-17 May Prentice House Parking Visitor spots or spaces available for use after restricted hours.

Kent Clean Transportation Cruise-In VEHICLES:

  • Kent State University Zero Emission Vehicle 
    The Zero Emission Vehicle, or Z.E.V., is the first golf cart to be powered by three sources: a fuel cell, a solar panel, and batteries. ZEV’s design includes additional features; the research team plans on impacting the student body in a loud way- with the help of an audio system that will allow them to stream portable music around campus.
    Learn more about the Z.E.V. 
  • PARTA Compressed Natural Gas Bus
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Kent CYCLE Guided Bike Tour

Kent Cycle will lead a bicycle tour of various tour sites listed above. Pre-event registration is  encouraged but not required for participation in this event.

Kent Cycle will lead a three mile guided bicycle tour of various tour sites on the 2nd Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour, which is part of the statewide 16th Annual Green Energy Ohio Tour. 

The Guided Bike Tour will start at Kent Cycle on Saturday September 29 at 1:00 P.M. with an estimated time of 1.5 hours.  View tour route: https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/3107106811

You must bring your own bicycle for the bike tour. Helmets and water bottles are encouraged.

All participants must complete a consent waiver and release agreement prior to joining the guided bike tour. Registration is preferred but not required.

REGISTRATION FORM

For additional details contact Leah Graham, lgraha13@kent.edu or 330-672-8023.

https://www.kent.edu/sustainability

 

ABOUT THE STATEWIDE 2018 GREEN ENERGY OHIO TOUR

This FREE statewide event features self-guided, guided, or open house tours in each region of the state and highlights homes, businesses, and public buildings that are using green technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, green design, energy efficiency, and more. This year, the Tour will be held on September 28th, 29th, and the 30th. Host sites will be available from 9:00AM to 5:00PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Be sure to check the host site information before you attend, some locations might not be available every day, or for the whole day.  https://www.greenenergyoh.org/2018-green-energy-ohio-tour/

 

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