About KEC

ABOUT US

The Kent Environmental Council was founded in Kent, Ohio, in 1970 as an incorporated 501(c)(4) citizen advocacy group under Ohio law. To read our bylaws, click here.

KEC focuses its volunteer efforts in four areas: advocacy, education, engagement and networking. As an advocate, KEC supports measures and initiatives that support a livable, sustainable environment. It also works to educate its members and the public asking questions and starting conversations about environmental issues. In the area of engagement, KEC works with stakeholders and policy-makers in the development of environmentally sound and sustainable public policies. A final element is networking with like-minded groups for more effective regional planning and environmental action.

The organization’s philosophy is based on the belief that environmental systems in local community and throughout the world are in danger of being irreparably damaged by human activities; that humans are capable of learning and changing their behaviors; that there is still time to mend our ways and be responsible stewards of the environment; and that by acting locally we can make a difference. Some examples of programs the organization has worked for and achieved include:

  • Countywide recycling
  • Kent Riveredge Park
  • City of Kent Environmental Commission
  • City of Kent sustainability goals
  • Cuyahoga River restoration project
  • “Throw and Go” program at Kent State University to reduce the solid-waste stream

KEC operates on an annual budget of approximate $5,000 and is governed by an Executive Board that meets monthly, usually on the third or fourth Thursday. An Annual Meeting is held in January or February. A newsletter is published about six times per year in both print and online formats. A spring and fall forum is sponsored each year on relevant environmental topics and issues. Membership is on an annual basis.