This year, the City of Wooster Tour will offer a guided tour with free bus transportation. The tour will take place Friday, September 27, from 3PM  – 6PM with an opportunity for post-tour conversations at Spoon Market and Deli. The guided tour will begin at the Wayne County Library parking lot in Wooster. Transportation will be provided by a 25-passenger van by Wooster Transit.  Following the tour, you are invited to gather at Spoon Market and Deli to share your impressions (open until 9 pm).

Those who prefer to follow in private vehicles are welcome to do so but guests can only visit the sites at the designated times. In order to ensure that you have a seat on the bus, registration is strongly encouraged, Wooster Tour Bus

The tour will stop at Gojo, Quasar Energy, Aspen Racquet Club, and the Eberhard residence and return to the library, following the itinerary below:

  • Meet at Wayne County Public Library
    • 220 W Liberty St, Wooster, OH 44691, Parking lot.
  • 3:00PM Load Bus and Depart Library
  • 3:15PM – 3:45PM Gojo Industries
    • 1147 Akron Rd, Wooster, OH 44691 – Tom Marting
  • 4:00PM – 4:30PM  Quasar Energy
    • 2072 Secrest Road, Wooster, OH 44691 – Fred Michel
  • 4:45PM to 5:15PM Aspen Racquet Club
    • 850 Venture Blvd, Wooster, OH 44691 – Daniel Tzonov
  • 5:15PM to 5:45PM Eberhart Residence
    • 145 Canon Drive, Wooster, OH 44691 – Ed Eberhart
  • 6:00PM Return to Wayne County Public Library
  • 6:00PM – 9PM After-Party at Spoon Market and Deli
    • 144 W Liberty St, Wooster, OH 44691

GOJO Industries, Inc.

  • Address: 1147 Akron Rd, Wooster, OH 44691
  • Guided Tour Time: Friday, 3:15PM – 3:45PM

As the inventors of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, GOJO has changed how the world stays well for more than 70 years. Their Purpose, Saving Lives and Making Lives Better Through Well-Being Solutions, inspires GOJO to continuously innovate and find new ways to enhance the lives of those they touch. They recognize their role in creating a healthy future, and put great effort into understanding and proactively managing the social, environmental and economic impacts of their business.

In 2018, GOJO completed the installation of a 633 kilowatt DC solar array at its 1.3-million-square-foot distribution center in Wooster, Ohio. The GOJO Wooster Campus solar power installation is the largest non-utility scale solar project in Wayne County, is the second largest non-utility scale solar installation in the greater Wayne, Stark, Summit, Portage, and Medina Counties area behind University of Akron’s Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field rooftop system, and ranks as 52nd overall largest solar project in the State of Ohio. The GOJO solar array provides energy without producing harmful air and water emissions or consuming non-renewable natural resources. The solar array will produce more than 755,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy each year, offsetting energy consumption without producing harmful air and water emissions, or consuming non-renewable natural resources. At the end of August 2019, these solar panels have already generated 527 megawatt hours of renewable power – enough energy to power 50 US household’s for one year, and so far has avoided the emission of 351 metric tons of carbon dioxide – the equivalent weight of two blue whales!

Quasar Energy Group

  • Address: 2072 Secrest Road, Wooster, OH 44691
  • Guided Tour Time: 4:00PM – 4:30PM

Quasar Energy Group constructs and operates ten Anaerobic Digestion facilities in Ohio including two in Wooster, and four in other states. These plants convert food waste and other organics into renewable natural gas (or biogas). At the Wooster OARDC facility the energy generated supplies 30% of the electricity used by the OSU Wooster campus. The nearby Wooster wastewater treatment plant generates enough renewable electricity to offset all of its use and the nearby water treatment plant. The company also has facilities for compressed natural gas fueling.

Aspen Racquet Club

  • Address: 850 Venture Blvd, Wooster, OH 44691
  • Guided Tour Time: 4:45PM – 5:15PM

Aspen Racquet Club is a professionally staffed indoor tennis club serving players of all abilities and ages in Wooster, Ohio and its surrounding areas. The 48,000 sq. ft. club opened in January 2018. It features a 254 kW roof top solar PV system that supplies most of the facilities energy requirements. The building features a special roof top membrane beneath the solar array. The facility is surrounded by a 12 acre green space to be used as a city park

Eberhart Residence

  • Address: 145 Canon Drive, Wooster, OH 44691
  • Guided Tour Time: 5:15PM – 5:45PM

The Eberharts recently had a 10 kW photovoltaic solar system installed on the roof of their home in Wooster. It features DC voltage optimizers on each panel to cope with varying roof angles and orientations. A unique financing option was used to allow them to fully take advantage of the 30% renewable energy federal tax credit.