Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour: Sunday October 1 | Kent State University

Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour: Sunday October 1

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The Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour will take place Sunday October 1, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. at multiple locations at Kent State University and in the City of Kent, Ohio. This FREE self-guided open house tour features green technologies such as solar, green design, energy efficiency, and green buildings. The Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour provides opportunities for participants to view cost saving renewable energy solutions being used in the area. The Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour is part of the American Solar Energy Society’s 22nd Annual ASES National Solar Tour and the 15th 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 first year for multiple tour sites in Portage County. The Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour is a joint event coordinated 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. Search the ASES and GEO website for tour site address and times in Kent, Ohio: http://www.ases.org/tour/locations

Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour Poster 8.5"x11" 

Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour Sites

  • Kent State University Center for Architecture and Environmental Design 1-4 p.m.
    Kent State University Center for Architecture and Environmental Design 132 S Lincoln Street Kent, Ohio 44242

    300 Point FLASH PERKS Location!
    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 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.The center is anticipating 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.
    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 State University Field House Solar Array 2-4 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 June 2017, the system has generated 2,709,659 kWh of clean energy. Enough to power 201 homes for a year and reduced greenhouse gas by 2,099 tons! 
  • Kent State University CAED USB Charging Pavilion 1-3p.m.
    Kent State University Center for Architecture and Environmental Design 132 S Lincoln Street Kent, Ohio 44242
    Built by Professor Stroh's students in Build Workshop, Spring 2017. South CAED entrance.
    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 State University Zero Emission Vehicle 1:30-2:00 p.m.
    Aeronautics & Technology Building 1400 Lefton Esplanade, Kent, Ohio 44242
    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.
  • Kent Cooperative Housing Franklin House with Solar Panels 1-4 p.m.
    For site address in Kent, Ohio visit:
     http://www.ases.org/tour/locations
    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.
  • Bruder Residence with solar panels 1-4 p.m.
    For site address in Kent, Ohio visit:
     http://www.ases.org/tour/locations
    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.
  • Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center Gallery solar panels and solar battery generator 2-4 p.m.
    300 N. Water St., Suite H Kent, OH 44240

Kent Clean Transportation Cruise-In 1-4p.m.

A Kent Clean Transportation Cruise-In is also taking place Sunday October 1, 2017 from 1-4p.m. as part of the tour in the downtown parking lot behind Panini’s Bar & Grill (295 S. Water Street, Kent, OH 44240).  The Cruise-In will feature alternative fueled vehicles (EV and hybrid models) as well as highlight local public and bike transportation options. The parking lot, which is bordered on the south by State Route 59 and on the north by Dan Smith Community Park, can be accessed via Locke Lane, a one-way street that runs from S. Water to Depeyster Street.   

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

https://www.kent.edu/sustainability

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The Greater Akron Solar Tour: September 30, 2017

The Greater Akron Solar Tour will be taking place September 30, 2017 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Greater Akron Tour is part of the American Solar Energy Society and Green Energy Ohio Tour sites. Learn about modern green technologies and visit various solar arrays in Akron. Experience new and exciting breakthroughs in sustainability and learn to do the same for your home or business. Registration is required. Free lunch and trolley ride for first 60 registrants. Additional registrants will receive a discount voucher for the Akron Zoo café. Contact Joan Hummell 330-275-2550 ext 7310. http://www.ases.org/tour/locations