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.


Kent State University has made a commitment that all new construction and major renovation will attempt a minimum of LEED Silver Certification. To date, the following projects have achieved LEED Certification:

Campus Location LEED Certification
Kent The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design  Platinum Certified
Kent Center for Undergraduate Excellence Gold Certified
Kent College of Aeronautics and Engineering  Gold Certified
Kent Harbourt Hall Gold Certified
Kent Heer Hall Gold Certified
Stark Science and Nursing Building Gold Certified
Kent Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement Silver Certified
Kent Center for the Visual Arts Silver Certified
Kent Integrated Sciences Building Silver Certified
Kent Koonce Hall Silver Certified
Twinsburg Twinsburg Academic Center Silver Certified
Kent Leebrick Hall Certified
Tuscarawas Tolloty Technology Incubator Certified
Kent Wright Hall Certified

Smaller Projects

For projects that are too small in scope to qualify for LEED certification, the Office of the University Architect has adopted into their Design and Engineering Guidelines some green building strategies to be adopted for all projects, regardless of size. 

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Construction Waste Management 

75% of all construction waste must be diverted away from the landfill by reuse or recycling. The diversion of this waste must be documented.

Water Bottle Filling Stations 

These stations are the new standard on campus. They make it easier to drink healthy water while reducing waste from disposable water bottles.

Material Selection 

There are many ways that building materials can be more sustainable. Project managers seek options outlined by LEED such as those that are locally produced, recycled, low-emitting or rapidly renewable.

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.


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.