Parks Building Near Akron Aims To Be Ohio's "Greenest"

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A new parks administration building near Akron could be one of the most environmentally friendly in Ohio. It will have waterless toilets, recycled construction materials and geothermal heating.

The Summit County Metro Parks systems will pay a ten percent to 15 percent premium on the building's cost to try to make it Ohio's greenest. Planners hope to recover the extra cost in energy savings in five years to ten years.

The building housing park ranger offices will cost 900-thousand dollars.

The project is designed to qualify for Ohio's first top-level environmental ranking from the U.S. Green Building Council.