The Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour will take place Saturday, September 28, 2019 at multiple locations at Kent State University and in the City of Kent, Ohio.

This FREE self-guided open house is the 3rd Annual Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour and is part of the 17th Annual Green Energy Ohio Tour that highlights sites that are using innovative technologies that benefit the environment. The Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour is a joint event coordinated by the Kent State University Office of Sustainability, the City of Kent Sustainability Commission, and Green Energy Ohio

Kent State University Center for Architecture and Environmental Design

Kent State University Center for Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Address: 132 S Lincoln Street Kent, Ohio 44242
  • Open House: Saturday, 11AM- 3PM
    • Guided building tours start on the hour at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
    • Meet for tours at main entrance vestibule (near the 1st floor cafe), the entrance that faces South Lincoln (Fashion School)

Built in 2012, this 110,191 square-foot contemporary glass-and-brick building, stretches along the Lefton Esplanade from Lincoln Street towards downtown Kent. The Center received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it one of the largest buildings in Ohio to reach this high standard. Sustainable features include a partial green roof to capture and recycle rain water, 131 geothermal wells (each 405-feet deep) to provide an efficient heating and cooling source for the building and glass curtain walls designed to optimize daylight while reducing the need for artificial light. The exterior contains 91,000 custom bricks produced by Ohio’s Belden Brick Company that brings together colors exemplifying the strong and continuously growing relationship between the university and downtown Kent.

Kent State University Field House Solar Array

Kent State University Field House Solar Array
  • Address: 2227 Summit Street Kent, Ohio 44242 
  • Open House: Saturday, 12PM – 2PM

When the solar array construction was completed by Third Sun Solar in July 2012, the nearly half megawatt (463 kW) system was the largest NE Ohio solar panel system within the 13 Public University System in Ohio, and believed to be the largest rooftop installation of any Ohio university. The 463 kW system made up of 1,716 multi-crystalline silicon panels, occupies almost an acre of the south facing roof. Through July 2019, the system has generated 3,611,698 kWh of clean energy. Enough to power 445 homes for a year and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2,815 tons! Annual production has been reliable and consistent at about 500,000 kWh which offsets the greenhouse gas emissions of about 75 passenger cars every year.

City of Kent Police Station

City of Kent Police Station
  • Address: 301 S Depeyster Street Kent, OH 44240
  • Open House: Saturday, 11AM – 3PM

The City of Kent Police Station is a $10.4 million dollar 34,000 square foot three-story facility serving the community. Designed by DS Architecture and built by RFC Contracting the police station sits on the corner of S. Depeyster Street and Haymaker overlooking downtown. The facility includes a jail, an administrative wing, an emergency operations center, a dispatch service area, and a training facility that doubles as a community meeting room. The police station received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED building features include: energy efficient operating systems, high recycled content materials, natural daylighting, sustainable landscaping with low and no mow wild grasses, and a detention pond to capture storm water.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center Gallery

Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center Gallery solar panels and solar battery generator
  • Address: 300 N. Water St., Suite H Kent, OH 44240
  • Open House: Saturday, 12PM – 3PM

Gallery, Art and Education Cultural Art Center: Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Their mission is to build Community through the Arts. They do this by providing opportunities for children and the public to explore the arts. They also offer artists the opportunity to bring their work to the public at our gallery in Downtown Kent. They invite and welcome sponsors to help cover expenses for their art and educational activities. Donations are tax deductible. The cultural center features a self-installed OFF GRID Energy System(s) including Solar Panels and Battery Systems with Inverter. The entire system is 500 kWs.

Kent Cooperative Housing Franklin House

Kent Cooperative Housing Franklin House with Solar Panels
  • Address: 609 Franklin Ave. Kent, OH 44240
  • Open House: Saturday, 11AM – 3PM

Kent Cooperative Housing’s Franklin house is one of five cooperatively owned houses and provides a home to three Kent residents. Franklin house features a 3,290 kw roof-mounted, grid-tied, residential, solar PV array system installed in 2012 by Appalachian Renewable Power. Our purpose at KCH is to promote social activities and cooperative fellowship by offering shared, low-cost housing to individuals in our community regardless of race, creed, disability, color, national origin, sexual orientation or LGBTQIA identity, thereby influencing the community to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in housing. We also work to provide access to cooperative education and democracy, sustainability, environmental consciousness and energy efficiency, adhering to a culture of inclusion and principles of non-violence. We honor and uphold the International Cooperative Principles, foster effective communication, creativity and an openness to new ideas, as well as provide access to fair labor and ownership opportunities. Kent Cooperative Housing is committed to sustainable living and we invite you to stop by and learn more about our solar array’s benefits to the Franklin House and the larger Kent community!

Meltzer Residence

Meltzer Residence with Passive Solar & Other Energy Efficiencies
  • Address: 1012 Vine Street., Kent, OH 44240
  • Open House: Saturday, 11AM – 3PM

Newer construction on an existing wooded city lot within walking distance to downtown Kent. Designed by architect Peter Paino (who will be on the site to answer questions) to maximize the site location, existing materials and energy efficiency. The home features include a south-facing sunroom for passive solar energy gain, a garage on the north for protection against the cold, insulated concrete form (ICF) construction, blower-tested sealed doors and windows, an air-to-air heat exchanger, and including both renewable (e.g. bamboo) and local salvaged materials as part of the construction.

Ruchotzke Residence

  • Address: 237 Highland Ave., Kent, OH 44240
  • Open House: Saturday, 11AM – 3PM

Randy and Renee Ruchotzke have installed enough solar panels on their 1920s home in Kent to power everything in their house, including their 500e Fiat. The private home is located on a 1/8 acre city lot and features 22 total solar panels, a permaculture food forest, and an EV with a standard 110 amp outlet. YellowLite, a solar energy contractor of Cleveland, installed 16 panels on the East-facing roof and 6 panels on the West-facing roof in March of 2018. The backyard food forest utilizes permaculture techniques such as hugelkultur, composting, no-till planting and perennial edibles.

Kent Clean Transportation Cruise-In

  • Address: KSU’s R17 parking lot at the southeast corner of E. Main and S. Willow streets (near Starbucks) . Behind KSU Cutler Building 414 E. Main Street
  • Open House: Saturday, 11AM – 3PM

This family-friendly event will showcase energy-efficient vehicles (EEVs) including hybrid and electric models (e.g. Tesla, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Honda Civic Hybrid, The University of Akron’s Electric Race Car and Kent State University’s Zero Emission Vehicle,). Children and adults are encouraged to “Touch-an-Energy Efficient Vehicle”. Local public and bike transportation options will also be highlighted.