Every day, more than 6,000 students, faculty, staff and community members step on the campus of Kent State University at Stark where the care of the environment is evident from the moment they arrive.
As one of the campus's seven core values to "respect and protect the campus green space and our region's ecological environment," Kent State Stark is committed to reducing the environmental impacts of campus operations and promoting environmental sustainability.Our efforts to reduce our current carbon footprint and energy conservation projects include:
Kent State Stark is a member of AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability for Higher Education. Read more.
Herbert W. Hoover Initiative in Environmental Media
In 2008, Kent State University at Stark, in response to discussions with the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, began exploring the possibility of engaging in a multi-disciplinary study of the surrounding environment. The idea was to develop a network that would provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and the local community to investigate and learn about their environment, how they interact with it and how those interactions could be improved and enhanced.
Tree Campus USA
Kent State Stark has been named a Tree Campus USA University by the Tree Campus USA program sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Read more.
Pond & Wetland Research Area
The pond, an original fixture of the farmland purchased by Kent State University in 1967, was re-established as an EPA-approved wetland research area in 2007. The update included the addition of indigenous plants and wildlife, along with a gazebo and walking path. Read more.
Recycling & Waste Minimization
As one of the largest recyclers in Stark County, Kent State Stark students, faculty and staff recycled more than 53 tons of paper, plastic, aluminum and glass for the 2011-12 FY, as reported by the Stark County Regional Planning Commission. Each campus office and public space has recycling containers. Read more.
Kent State Stark is presently working with The Brewer-Garrett Company, an Energy Service Company, under the auspices of Ohio House Bill 7 to implement Ohio House Bill 251 goals. HB 251 requires all Ohio state office buildings to achieve a 20% reduction in energy consumption by the year 2014 based upon 2004 baseline figures. When completed, this campus-wide design build energy conservation program will actually achieve a guaranteed 37% reduction in energy consumption at Kent State Stark. Read more.
The University Center at Kent State Stark
The University Center has achieved Gold Tier status from the IACC, International Association of Conference Centers, for adoption of environmentally responsible practices in its business operations; and by continuous improvement of its management efforts; all with the goal of reducing its carbon footprint and environmental impact. Read more.
Reusable Cup Program & enviroware™
Students can now "save green" when they "go green" with Kent State University at Stark's new reusable cup program. The special cups, which are double-wall insulated, BPA-free and microwave and dishwasher safe, are for sale in the Bookstore for just $5.99. When used in the Emporium, soft drink refills are just $1.00 and coffee refills just $1.25. Plus, the first fill-up is free (coupon inside cup). The program helps eliminate waste caused by disposable cups and contributes to the campus's overall goals towards improved sustainability. Also, the Emporium is now using enviroware™. enviroware™ products contain an average of 21.8% pre-consumer recycled materials and 100% recycled Carbon Dioxide (CO2) making them green at the beginning and end of their lifecycle or more simply 2 times green.
Recycling of Small E-Waste Items
In partnership with Midwest Comtel the campus community can now deposit small, personal e-waste items in specially marked blue collection bins throughout campus. Small items such as CDs, DVDs, printer cartridges, cables, telephones, cell phones, laptops, batteries, chargers, MP3 players, GPS devices and tape players can be deposited. These smaller items are usually not thought to be recycled and are often tossed in the trash, ending up in local landfills where they can leach toxic chemicals and pollute groundwater.