The Greater Akron Green Energy Ohio Tour will take place Saturday, September 28th from 8:30AM – 3:30PM. Tour some of Akron’s green organizations and learn more about their sustainable operations. The guided tour begins at the Akron Zoo and will visit Old Trail School, Weinstein Residence (Hudson) and the Akron Metro Administration Offices.
This event is FREE, but registration is required, and the first 30 registrants will receive free lunch and free trolley ride! Additional guests may follow in their own vehicle and will receive a discount voucher to be used in the Komodo Kingdom Café.
To register for the event, call Joan Hummel at 330-375-2550 ext. 7310.
Akron Metro Transit Station Solar Array
- Address: 631 S. Broadway Street, Akron, OH 44311
This year’s tour start with the Akron Metro Transit station solar array. This has been a very popular stop in the past. The station’s 435 solar panels produced 134,000 kilowatt hours in its first year of operation in 2010. The visit to their LEED Gold Transit Center will highlight other sustainable innovations the city is using to provide affordable mass transit in the area.
The second stop will be a residential installation at the Weinstein residence in Hudson. This array was installed in 2018. We will hear about the family’s decision to invest in solar and their lessons learned.
Old Trail School
- Address: 2315 Ira Rd, Akron, OH 44333
The third stop will be to a perennial favorite – Old Trail School. A private co-education facility located in the midst of the Cuyahoga National Park, their 2015 solar array installation is 1200 solar panels with approximately 325 KwH of production annually. Other sustainability elements will include the schools living machine, used to treat the solid organic waste on site with natural methods, as well as the local food produced through sustainable agriculture on site.
- Address: 500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, OH 44307
The zoo portion of the tour features key sustainability elements of the 2016 AZA Green Award Winner Akron Zoo. Water conservation, advanced energy, zero waste, and conservation education are all featured during the tour. This will include a tour of the recently opened Pride of Africa exhibit. Following the tour, guests are free to roam the grounds until closing.