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Sustainability Pledge
Take the Sustainability Pledge

Campus Sustainability Day

  • Dispose of your e-waste
  • Take the Sustainability Pledge
  • Do it in the dark! Turn off unnecessary lights and use natural sunlight when possible.
  • Don't trash our future: Recycle! Separate your recyclables and use the bins located throughout campus.
  • Save paper. Go digital. Avoid printing documents, email messages, pictures and website information. Save a digital copy or make a screenshot instead.
  • Save waste with reusable cups. Purchase a reusable cup from the Bookstore and fill it up at the filtered water stations located in each campus building.


Brian Gardner
Sr. Facility Manager
131B Main Hall

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Earth Day
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Sustainability Initiatives

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.

Tree Campus USATree 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.

WetlandsPond & 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.

RecycleRecycling & Waste Minimization
As one of the largest recyclers in Stark County, the Kent State Stark community recycles more than 62 tons of paper, plastic, aluminum and glass each year, as reported by the Stark County Regional Planning Commission. Each campus office and public space has recycling containers. Read more.

energyEnergy Conservation

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.

HooverHerbert W. Hoover Foundation
Through our work with the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, Kent State University at Stark was able to expand our reach in environmental issues affecting Stark County. From 2008-2013, with support of the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, Kent State Stark offered a multi-disciplinary study of the surrounding environment. Through our relationship we were able to bring notable environmental speakers such as Chris Palmer, Edith Widder and Sandra Steingraber to campus. Additionally, the campus led a team of students from other local universities and Stark State College on water sampling of the Nimishillen Watershed that continues today. Kent State Stark faculty’s interest in our surrounding environment continues to evolve as they identify new ways to integrate sustainability into our academic offerings as well as community outreach projects.

University CenterConference Center at Kent State Stark
The Conference 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
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.

ewasteRecycling 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.