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"Campus Sustainability Day: Empowering Change on Campus and in the Community"

Wednesday October 22, 2014

Interactive Tabling 11am-2pm
Kent State Student Center 2nd Floor. Student organizations Kent State Environmental Society and Biology Club along with Residence Services and Brewer-Garrett, energy consulting group join the Office of Sustainability. Student change-making activiites will be available.

Virtual Kent State Campus Sustainability Tour, All Day
Follow @KentStateSusty and #KentCSD on twitter or for a campus sustainability tour.

Ohio Schools Celebrate via Social Media, All Day
Kent State University joins schools across Ohio celebrating campus sustainability day through social media. Follow twitter hashtags #OhioCSD2014 and the OH Campus Sustainability twitter list. National Campus Sustainability Day includes #CSD2014

National Keynote Broadcast 2pm
Open to all! Hosted by Second Nature, the web-based broadcast will cover "Empowering Change on Campus and in the Community". RSVP is required through

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Kent State University Office of Sustainability and Women's Center Host the BRA DRIVE to Help Re-Shape the Environment October 1 - November 8, 2014
Drop-off worn-out bras at the Women's Center 8am-5pm M-F or Harbourt Hall 8am-5pm M-F

"Kent State University Participates in Green Energy Ohio Tour"

October 3, 4, 5, 2014
Kent State University’s Field House 463-kilowatt solar array was one of the sites on the 12th Annual Green Energy Ohio Tour on Oct. 3, 4 and 5. The statewide tour, part of the American Solar Energy Society National Solar Tour, was free and open to the public. Visitors parked in the Field House parking lot. For more info visit:

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"Kent State University Earth Day Celebration"

April 21- 25, 2014
To celebrate Earth Day, on Tuesday, April 22, from 9-11:30 a.m., a children's book reading and children's Earth Day art exhibit will take place in the lecture hall of Ritchie Hall. This event is a collaborative effort between Kent State's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Office of Sustainability; Child Development Center; Department of Pan-African Studies; Ohio Campus Compact; and Belleria Italian Restaurant.

Attendees can also participate in a tree-planting and other activities, all free and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 24, the annual tree-planting ceremony marking the conclusion of the RecycleMania competition will take place at 3 p.m. in the courtyard of Centennial Court A and Centennial Court B, weather permitting. Two awards will be presented this year: one for the winner of the hall-to-hall competition (Engleman Hall) and one for the most improved participation competition (Centennial Court A and Centennial Court B).

On Friday, April 25, Standing Rock Cultural Arts will present the eighth annual "Who's Your Mama?" Environmental Film Festival. The festival will take place 7-9 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The video projector will be powered by a solar-powered trailer provided by Dovetail Solar and Wind. Films shown at the festival will come from all over the world, including a few short films by local artist Vince Packard. Admission for the film festival is $5 for the general public and $3 for students and seniors. For more information on the "Who's Your Mama?" Environmental Festival, visit

For more information about Earth Week events, contact Knowles at or 330-672-3880

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"Mountain Film"
Thursday April 3, 2014 7pm-9pm KIVA
Kent State University hosts Mountain Film Festival. Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, adventures worth pursuing and conversations worth sustaining.
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"Electronics Recycling"
Kent State University hosts electronics recycling open to campus and community of Kent
Drop Off Location: Administrative Services Building Dock (behind building off of Jackson Drive)
Open Wednesdays in March 5, 12, 19, 26 7:30AM - 3:00PM

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October 1 - November 8, 2013
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"Campus Sustainability Day"
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Come join us! Campus Sustainability Day celebrates sustainability initiatives in higher education.

12:00 noon until 5 pm: Interactive Tabling
Kent State Student Center Plaza (rain location Student Center 2nd floor lobby)

Student groups and organizations on-campus, including Biology Club, Net Impact, and Residence Life, are tabling, creating interactive displays and games with some prizes for students.

2 pm until 3:30 pm: National Webinar Keynote Broadcast
KSU Student Center Ballroom Balcony

Keynote Broadcast with Second Nature for a discussion from higher education leaders on the role of campuses in adapting to a changing climate, innovations in climate resilience and mitigation, and advancing community partnerships and opportunities. The broadcast will feature presentations and a discussion from college presidents and other leaders in climate resilience on the leadership imperative for higher education on this topic, and practical issues related to addressing both opportunity and responsibility in a changing climate.

David Hales (Moderator) President, Second Nature; Jim Buizer, Professor and Director for Climate Adaptation & International Development, University of Arizona; President John Anderson, Millersville University; President Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College; President Mariko Silver, Bennington College

6 pm until 7:30 pm: Guest Panel "Kent State University's Role in Campus Sustainability" followed by Q & A session
KSU Student Center Ballroom Balcony

Guest speakers highlight sustainability successes unique to the Kent State University campus. Presentation topics include building efficiency, the amount of carbon sequestered by KSU's trees, social design in sustainability, animals affected by climate change, and KSU's campus ecosystems. Guest speakers give a ten-to-fifteen minute presentation, after which is followed by a Q & A session. This is a 500 FLASHperks event.

Melanie Knowles, KSU Manager of Sustainability; Heather White, KSU Grounds Manager, University Facilities Management; Dr. Oscar Rocha, KSU Associate Professor, Biological Sciences; Dr. David DuBois KSU Instructor, Director of Research and Development for True Market; Dr. Darren Bade, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences Representative on Building Efficiency.

"Game Day Recycling Challenge"
Saturday October 26, 2013 3:30 pm Dix Stadium

Kent State University is participating in the Game Day Recycling Challenge on October 26. Game Day Recycling Challenge is a national competition between other colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at home football games. Come root on the Golden Flashes as they take on the University at Buffalo while helping to increase Kent State's recycling rate. Volunteers are needed to help collect recyclables and divert the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Game Day Recycling Challenge Volunteer Shifts:
Shift 1 is from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm.
Shift 2 is from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm.
For more information and to sign up to volunteer for a shift, please e-Mail Leah Graham:

Game Day Recycling Challenge

"Let's Take a Ride/Walk"
Thursday, September 19, 2013
11:30 AM
We start at the "K" at Student Center Risman Plaza
. . . go down the Esplanade
. . . and then to Downtown Kent

Kent Bike-N-Brainstorm
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Interested in biking in Kent and have thoughts on how to improve it? AMATS has partnered with the City of Kent, Kent State University and PARTA to do a Bike-N-Brainstorm in order to get feedback on how to make Kent a better bicycle community. Join us fora ride through various parts of the city followed by a brainstorming session to discuss the ride and what is needed to improve and encourage biking in Kent

"Who's Your Mama?" Environmental Film Festival
Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Kiva
$7 Adults. $5 Student Admission

5:00pm: Local Foods Reception featuring Lucky Penny Creamery
6:00pm: Local Shorts about Kent Environmental Council, Fracking Debate, PARTA
6:30pm: Eco Shorts from The Mountain Film Festival of Telluride FEATURED FILM "LOST RIVERS". Written and Directed by Caroline Bacle. Produced by Katrina Soukoup.

Campus Sustainability Day 2012 Keynote Broadcast Preparing Students for a Changing Climate
Wednesday October 24th 2012 | 2:00-3:30pm EST
Moulton Hall Ballroom

Join us in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Campus Sustainability Day. Along with colleges and universities around the country, we will join a live webcast panel discussion of national leaders in sustainability education. They will discuss the solutions and challenges of preparing students to meet the needs of a changing economy, society, and planet. Together, colleges and universities, and the people and organizations that support them are moving new programs and initiatives in education forward in order to create the leaders of a sustainable future.

About the Panelists
Featuring Dr. Geoffrey Chase, leader of the Ponderosa Project, Julie Elzanati, Director of the Illinois Green Economy Network, Debera Johnson, founder of the Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability, Julian Keniry, Senior Director of Campus and Community Leadership, National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program, and Neil Weissman, Provost, Dickinson College, this panel invites questions from the audience to discuss best practices for creating ecological curriculum, advancing experiential and living laboratory learning, and engaging faculty and the surrounding community in meaningful and critical education. Panelists represent experience from across the higher education spectrum and bring a diverse range of ideas, solutions, and programmatic influences to the discussion.

"Let's Take a Ride/Walk"
Thursday, October 20, 2012
11:30 AM
We start at the Student Center
. . . go down the Esplanade
. . . and to the Laziza restaurant in Downtown Kent

"Tour of Harbourt Hall – scheduled to be the Kent Campus' first LEED-certified building"
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Noon to 1:00 PM
Harbourt Hall

Project Manager Charmaine Iwanski will provide a tour of Harbourt Hall. Learn about the features that make this major renovation of an existing building energy-efficient, healthy and green.

"Home, Home on the [sahelian] Range: Pastoral Ecologies and National Risks"
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Noon to 1:00 PM
Moulton Hall Ballroom

Dr. Wendy Wilson-Fall, chair and associate professor in the Department of Pan African Studies, will help us think globally about sustainability issues. Her presentation will focus on the unfortunate coincidence of three factors; challenges to nomadic pastoralism, weak government support, and the appearance of Al Qaida in the Sahara desert and the Sahel. The "greening" of Africa depends on understanding the importance of, and committing to, the nurturing of new development models that create strong community level institutions. The savannah and Sahel regions of Africa have potential climate implications for us all.

View the article about
The Fulani Model of Sustainable Agriculture
View Dr. Wilson-Fall's presentation

"Kent State University – Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy and more!"
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Noon to 1:00 PM
Moulton Hall Ballroom

Kent State University has made great progress in the area of energy conservation, including three major energy conservation projects addressing almost fifty buildings and approximately 3 million square feet. A project to install solar photo-electric panels on the Field House to produce electricity is currently in the proposal phase. Bob Misbrener, project manager 2 in the Office of the University Architect, will present about these energy-efficiency retrofits, the schedule for future upgrades, and the status of renewable energy on campus.

View the
Power Point presentation from the September 20 meeting

Sustainability Task Force Brown Bag Lunch Series for Fall 2011
Bring your lunch and join us for presentations on sustainability topics. Sustainability Task Force Members, bring a friend. All are welcome!