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At A Glance


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

  • Harbourt Hall – LEED Gold Certified
  • Heer Hall – LEED Gold Certified
  • Regional Academic Center at Twinsburg – LEED Silver Certified
  • Wright Hall – LEED Certified
  • Koonce Hall – LEED Silver Certified
  • Stark Science & Nursing Building – LEED Gold Certified
  • Tuscarawas Tolloty Technology Incubator – LEED Certified
  • Center for Undergraduate Excellence – LEED Gold Certified
  • Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement – LEED Silver Certified
  • Leebrick Hall – LEED Certified
  • Aeronautics and Technology Building– LEED Gold Certified
  • Center for Visual Arts – LEED Silver Certified

All new construction and major renovations are attempting LEED Silver certification or better.

Construction Waste Management

Target diversion (reuse or recycling) rate for construction projects is 75%. In practice, many projects are exceeding a 90% diversion rate.

Cleaning Products

Kent State University is using Green Seal certified cleaning products. Green Seal Certification ensures that a product meets rigorous, science-based leadership standards. These effective and affordable cleaners are better for human health and the environment.


The  incorporation of the EarthWise chiller in a Kent State University project, especially serving our 24/7 resident students, is yet another step that proves our commitment to sustainability.

The EarthWiseTM Centrifugal 870 Ton cooling capacity chiller from Trane, is the only chiller in the world to earn the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).  The testing and certification is through the International Standards Organization (ISO) and Underwriters Laboratories in accordance with ISO 14025. It is also Green Seal Labeled which makes identifying “Green” products easier for people to select. 

The chiller was added to the fleet of 2 electric and 1 steam absorption chillers in the East Campus Chilled Water Plant.  The plant was modified and the chiller installed between late 2015 and early 2016.  The chiller plant has been operational since about mid-February 2016. The new EarthWise chiller is programmed to be the first chiller that starts when there is a cooling load – which is year-round.  This will allow maximum energy and cost savings when any cooling is needed on the chilled water loop.  The majority of the refrigeration load for the Dining Services refrigerators and freezers is cooled with chilled water provided by the Plant. The Plant also cools all of the local Residence Halls that offer air conditioning except for Engleman and Stopher-Johnson which are in different locations on campus and served by a different main cooling loop.

Waste and Recycling

Single Stream Recycling Guide

Kent State uses single stream recycling.  All recycling (plastic #1 through #7, glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard) can go in one recycling container.


Kent State has competed in RecycleMania, a college and university recycling and waste reduction competition, since 2010.  Each year we see improvements in performance and expanded outreach.  Our diversion rate (the percentage of our waste that is recycled) was 35% in 2015.

E-waste Recycling

During RecycleMania from 2013-2015, KSU collected a cumulative total of 31,886 pounds of e-waste over one month period each year, including materials collected at the public electronic waste drive.  These materials and all electronic waste generated by the University throughout the year are sent to RET3, a non-profit electronic waste recycler.  Usable components are used to build computers that are donated to non-profits and schools.  Other materials are recycling responsibly.

Throw and Go

Each year during move out, nearly 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food, clothes, rugs, furniture and other items are donated by residence hall students via the Throw ‘n’ Go program, benefitting Portage Family and Community Services.


Energy Efficiency

Kent State’s energy efficiency retrofits have resulted in an energy use reduction of 21.8% at regional campuses and a 15.9% reduction at the Kent campus.

Field House Solar Array

The photovoltaic solar array on the roof of the Field House generates about 500,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is about one-third of the annual power used by the Field House and Dix Stadium – enough to power about 50 average homes.

Combined Heat and Power Plant

Kent State’s combined heat and power plant produces about 60% of the Kent campus’ electricity as well as steam and chilled water on a campus loop.  The 13 MW cogeneration plant has two gas fired turbines, gas fired boilers, campus district steam distribution, and steam driven and electric chillers for district chilled water distribution, and is about twice as efficient as a standard utility power plant.

Energy Saving Competition

Residence halls compete each fall to save energy during “Do It In the Dark" a two week competition in November.



Launched in the Fall 0f 2017 under the Department of Geography. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies prepares students to integrate concepts and knowledge on environmental issues from across multiple disciplines and to communicate about these in important ways. Basic scientific knowledge about environmental processes is used to inform different social goals. Students will develop a set of key competencies in earth systems science, environmental social science, human-natural systems and sustainability science to be able to solve specific environmental problems.

Sustainability Minor

The Sustainability Minor launched in fall 2013 and is housed in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology.  It is open to all students and includes electives from diverse fields such as sciences, business, technology, architecture and fashion.

Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability

The mission of the Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability is to promote an understanding of the natural environment and its resources through scientific research, education of students at Kent State University and beyond, and programs to restore and preserve the integrity of natural areas.

College of Business Administration Responsible Leadership Initiative

The Responsible Leadership Initiative promotes business as a force for good and demonstrates through practice and research how business can drive achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established in 2016 by the United Nations Global Compact. The Responsible Leadership Initiative is supported by the College of Business Administration's core values of respect, ethics, collaboration and a sense of purpose in all we do.



Kent State University is recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University from the League of American Bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly University award is presented to colleges and universities for their efforts toward making campuses safe and accessible for bicyclists. Kent State joins 164 bicycle-friendly universities in 44 states and Washington, D.C.


Kent State University’s bike-rental program, Flashfleet, is a third-generation, technology-based bike-share program. The custom Flashfleet bikes are provided by Nextbike, a company that develops and operates bike-sharing systems. The program offers an electronic rental process so users can rent a bike using the Nextbike app on their cell phones or an on-board computer at one of the rental kiosks. Users can then return the bike to any of the eight kiosk locations throughout campus and downtown Kent. Flashfleet is available to students, faculty, staff and the public.

RIDE Sharing

Gohio Commute is a web-based ride sharing program sponsored by AMATS (the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study) and other regional transportation planning offices around the State.  Anyone can register to find ride matches for their daily commute, or for single trips within Ohio.  Kent State University has a private network open to anyone with a e-mail. 


For those times when a car is the only way to go, the car sharing service ZipCar is available, with six cars currently parked on campus.  Students 18 and older can apply for membership, and reserve a car for as little as an hour at a time. 

Dero Fixit Bike Station

This station near the Student Center provides free bike repair tools and air.  It is equipped with a QR code which connects to bike maintenance tips.


Free bus service is available on campus and local routes for students, faculty and staff.  Busses are equipped with bike racks on the front.

Electric and Hybrid Fleet

The university fleet includes 53 electric GEMs, two electric e-ride vehicles, three gas-electric hybrid cars, and one plug-in Chevy Volt with a charging station at Harbourt Hall.  An EV charging station is located at metered spot at Heer Hall.


The Esplanade, with its recent extension to downtown Kent, provides for a walkable and bikeable campus and community connectivity.


Tree Campus USA

Kent State has been a Tree Campus USA every year since 2009 when the program was created by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Natural Areas

Kent State’s property adjacent to the Kent Campus includes an approximately 35 acre area of wetlands and woods protected by a conservation easement, as well as the Herrick Arboretum of approximately 25 acres.  In addition the University owns approximately 374 acres of land in the several counties surrounding campus, with restricted use such as no future development or nature conservatory.  Within the Kent Campus are wetlands, a prairie grass reserve, and vernal pool.

Stormwater Management

The University is addressing stormwater management with sustainable infrastructure, including bio-swales in two parking lots, and permeable pavement.


Campus Kitchen Project

Student volunteers use donated surplus food to prepare and serve meals to more than 300 individuals in need each week who are serviced by Kent Social Services, Center of Hope, Upper Room Ministries and Springtime of Hope. 

Food Sourcing

Dining Services supports local businesses and communities by purchasing from local producers and growers, including fresh dairy products from local and regional farmers.

EZ H2O Water Filling Stations

Water bottle filling stations around campus make refilling water bottles faster and easier.