Kent Roosevelt

Thanks to the hard work of many enthusiastic individuals, and the support and assistance of Sustainability for Educators and the Environment (SEE), Kent Roosevelt’s sustainability efforts are quickly coming to fruition. The Kent Roosevelt Environmental Club has played a major role in this growth. Made up of a handful of eager students, the Environmental Club runs and organizes sustainability initiatives at the school, including: recycling, outreach programs (often with elementary school students), and grant acquisition. They also participate in events and special activities, including the Northeast Ohio EnviroThon, at which the Environmental Club recently won the Portage County Trophy.

The compost produced by the high school will be used for a special purpose: supplying the eight raised-beds located in their new Hoop House Garden with fresh, organic soil. This garden, made possible by a donation from SEE, will be dedicated to growing a wide variety of vegetables. Kent Roosevelt not only plans to sell the resulting crops at the Kent Farmers Market, but also hopes to one day use their vegetables in the school cafeteria. Excess compost will be sold as well, providing further support for the sustainability initiative.

Perhaps Kent Roosevelt’s most impressive sustainability project is their Eco House. Built by Kent Roosevelt students, the Eco House showcases the variety of sustainable and environmentally-friendly modifications that one can make to one’s home, which are both simple and effective. Whether it’s a new kind of sustainable insulation, floor tile, even a small rooftop wind turbine, the Eco House has it on display. Some of these features will also help manage the Hoop House Garden. The Eco House will be able to generate electricity by utilizing the rooftop wind turbine and solar panel. The electricity generated will then be stored in a large battery inside the house, which is hooked up to a power inverter. This inverter will then distribute the energy to the Hoop House’s fans and lighting. Additionally, rain barrels will be attached to both the Eco House and a large barn next door to the Hoop House. The water collected will then be used to irrigate the Hoop House Garden’s vegetables. of sustainability.

The Eco House will not remain stationary, however. When it was built it was equipped with wheels and a trailer hitch, so that it could be taken to a wide variety of locations and events. Interactive displays will be set up inside, allowing visitors to interact with the many facets of sustainability.

The enthusiasm and creativity that the hard-working Kent Roosevelt staff and students have brought to the sustainability project is inspiring. With SEE’s assistance, they will continue their efforts, the influence of which will reach beyond the bounds of their school, and effect the entire community.

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