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Environmental Consortium Meets at Kent State Stark

Posted Aug. 19, 2010

For the first time in Stark County, 23 community organizations that all have a stake in the region’s environmental welfare have been collaborating as a result of coordinative efforts by the Hoover Initiative for Environmental Media at Kent State University at Stark. Although each group was already involved in learning about and working for our environment, it was apparent to Kent State Stark project coordinators that working together and supporting one another, rather than overlapping or competing, would be the most beneficial approach to protect our environment.
Realizing that water and water issues are a major concern in Stark County, the group’s initial project will focus on watersheds, the crucial roles they play in the world where we live, work and play, and the complexity of ways in which water webs and human networks must interact to preserve and protect this resource.
The Hoover Initiative for Environmental Media, an alliance between Kent State Stark and the University of Miami’s (Florida) Arnold Center for Confluent Media Studies, partnered with these organizations to facilitate the project’s ongoing developments toward educating Stark County citizens and businesses on real-world solutions that will positively affect environmental change, promote clean-energy resources and provide new jobs, ultimately leading to increased economic impact in our region.
Listed below are some of the partners included in this consortium:

  • Nimishillen Creek Watershed Partners
  • GLISTEN (Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship through Education Network)
  • SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities)
  • Stark County Parks
  • Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Various Drinking Water and Sewage Treatment Facilities
  • Federal and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Ohio Department of Water
  • Resource Conservation and Development Councils of Ohio
  • Ohio Green Pathways
  • Stark County Education Services Center
  • Marathon Oil Corporation
  • Experts from other higher education institutions – University of Mount Union and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center

On Friday, Aug. 20, an environmental meeting of the minds will take place on the campus of Kent State Stark with members of the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation Board, including Elizabeth Lacey Hoover, chairperson, and Dr. Penny Bernstein, Hoover Initiative for Environmental Media coordinator.
For more information on the Hoover Initiative for Environmental Media, visit or contact Kent State Stark External Affairs Director Tina L. Biasella at 330-244-3292 or
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Tina Biasella, director of External Affairs
Office: 330-244-3292            
Cell: 330-705-6134
About Kent State University at Stark:
Kent State University at Stark is the largest regional campus of Kent State University and serves 11,000 students each year, comprised of 6,300 enrolled in academic coursework and 4,700 enrolled in professional development courses. Kent State Stark offers 15 bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees, in addition to associate degrees. The campus is located in Jackson Township and consists of six major buildings. The University Center, which houses The Corporate University and the Small Business Development Center, is accredited under the stringent guidelines of the International Association of Conference Centers. Always striving to enhance education through technological advancement, Kent State Stark features indoor and outdoor, campus-wide wireless Internet. Combining the best of a major university and a liberal arts college, Kent State Stark serves our region as a key intellectual resource providing access to academic, economic and cultural advancement through excellence in teaching and learning.