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Gartner Welcome Center Included in the 2009 Stark County Solar Tour

October 6, 2009

Mount Union College’s new Gartner Welcome Center was a stop on the 2009 Stark County Solar Tour on Sunday, October 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.  As the host of the first Stark County Solar Tour, the event at the Gartner Welcome Center included refreshments, vendor tables and information about other Stark County sites.

The Stark County Solar Tour, as part of the seventh Annual Ohio Tour conducted by Green Energy Ohio and American Solar Energy Society, was held Saturday, October 3 through Sunday, October 4 at various locations around Stark County. Beyond solar energy, the statewide event featured simultaneous tours in all corners of the state and highlights hundreds of sites with solar, wind, biomass, green design and energy-saving technologies. 

The Gartner Welcome Center has been designed to achieve a gold level based on the LEED-certified building standards. The heart of the energy efficiency is based on a 20 ton vertical loop geothermal heat pump. Additional LEED-certified features include zero use of CFC or HCFC based refrigerants in the HVAC system, automatic lighting control, large use of new materials with significant recycled content and within 0.5 mi. from many community services and public transportation.   

Other stops on the tour included Towns’ Residence, Cespedes’ Residence, Stark State College, Meniru Professional Building and Grabhill Plumbing & Heating, Inc. on Saturday, October 3.  The tour route on Sunday, October 4 included Mount Union College, Hobson’s Residence, Little’s Residence, Stark Parks, Metropolitan Centre, Cespedes’ Residence and Grabill Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

The tour provided information on how individuals and businesses are trimming their energy bills and increasing their energy independence.

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