Topic - Sustainability

Karen Starr

Smart Sustainable Home Summit, coming to Akron on April 9

Posted January 16, 2018

Smart Sustainable Homes Summit - April 9.

If you are in the industry or interested in learning more about smart and sustainable homes, this is an event you won't want to miss. It will be filled with inspiration, information, education, and networking with one of the nation's leading experts on high performance construction, Peter Yost. During the day, there will be programming and continuing education credits for building industry professionals. 
For more information, you can find the event listing by clicking here.

For homeowners interested in sustainable home solutions, at 6:30pm, Peter Yost will give a free presentation on "How Buildings Work". The talk and discussion will be geared toward sharing info and inspiration about making an existing home more comfortable and energy efficient, as well as cover sustainable new home construction.


Karen Starr

If This Wallpaper Could Talk - A new book project by Karen Starr and Shane Wynn

Posted October 31, 2016

The 2016 Knight Arts Challenge winners were just announced! Karen Starr and her project partner, Shane Wynn, were among 19 winners to receive a grant this year for their new book, "If This Wallpaper Could Talk".

The Knight Arts Challenge Akron is a $3 million, three-year initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to engage and enrich the community through the arts. The arts challenge weighs ideas and picks projects that follow three basic rules:
1. The idea is about the arts.
2. The project takes place in or benefits Akron.
3. The group or individual submitting must find other funding to match the Knight Foundation's grant.

This round, Karen and Shane submitted a proposal for a project called, "If This Wallpaper Could Talk." Part arts-and-culture book, part local history book, it will be rich with alluring portraits and lively stories providing a unique glimpse into Akron’s most interesting wallpaper from the past and the present, as well as the people who cherish it.

The duo will begin work soon on matching the funding and they are already receiving ideas for wallpaper stories to cover! 

To find out more information about the project or to tell us about a cool wallpaper story, check out the website: www.ifthiswallpapercouldtalk.com.

Twitter: @ifthiswallpaper

Instagram: @ifthiswallpaper

Facebook: @ifthiswallpaper

To read about the other Knight Arts Challenge winners, click here.

(L to R) Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation; Shane Wynn, Karen Starr; Kyle Kutuchief, Knight Foundation