Oberlin Sustainability


The Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) works to facilitate the implementation of the college’s comprehensive environmental policy in line with the college’s strategic goal of sustainability and commitment to carbon neutrality. OES interacts with the administration, faculty, staff, and students to focus attention on ways to maximize the environmental performance of Oberlin College and develop the awareness and tools required to respond dynamically to issues affecting them. OES also reaches out to the wider community and provides a connection between Oberlin and regional and national activities.

News & Announcements

Oberlin Ecolympics 2016 Recap

Monday, May 02, 2016

Oberlin Ecolympics 2016 Recap The 2016 Oberlin Ecolympics has come to a close! Oberlin continued to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability over the two-week competition that was held between April 8th and April 22nd. Participation was widespread as Oberlin Ecolympics drew in over 280 people to least one of the 30 Ecolympics events. Winners were...
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Oberlin Electricity is Nearly 90% Renewable

Monday, February 29, 2016

Oberlin Electricity is Nearly 90% Renewable Did you know the power supply serving the City of Oberlin will be 89% renewable by 2017? Joint ventures in hydro and wind projects and multiple power purchase agreements (PPAs) in landfill gas generation, hydro, and wind make Oberlin’s power supply almost completely powered by renewable sources. Currently, the electricity portfolio for the entire City of Oberlin hovers around 86% renewable! The College electricity portfolio is around 100% renewable!
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Recycling Toothbrushes and More in New Collection Program

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Recycling Toothbrushes and More in New Collection Program The Oberlin College Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) is happy to announce a new recycling program for Oberlin. This program, called TerraCycle Oral Care Brigade, will collect used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, floss containers, and their packaging. These materials will then we collected and sent to TerraCycle to be repurposed.
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November eNewsletter

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

November eNewsletter First there was Thanksgiving; then Black Friday and Cyber Monday; now it's already December 1st. Winter weather is quickly approaching, the holiday season has officially begun, and the fall semester is nearly over! For many, this is the busiest time of the year.
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October eNewsletter

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

October eNewsletter Between summer traveling, the start of the semester, the myriad of projects underway, accruing the largest team of interns in OES history, the Strategic Planning process, and the AASHE Conference, this semester has flown by. It is hard to believe how quickly the semester has moved -- there are only six more weeks of the semester before finals!
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September eNewsletter

Friday, October 02, 2015

September eNewsletter Spurred by the onset of a neck injury, lately I have been thinking about unseen connections -- about those interrelated parts and systems and hidden to the untrained eye. Specialists are trained to see these relationships: medical providers (should) aim to understand all the factors involved in a person's well-being, from their diets to their environment to their genetics; ecologists endeavor to learn about the complex ecology of physical places, the beings that rely on each other, and the relationships between those beings. To me, this kind of systems thinking and intersectionality is what sustainability is all about.
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August eNewsletter

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

August eNewsletter After a long summer hiatus from this eNewsletter, we're back! The first thing we want to do is welcome all the new students to Oberlin! You made it. Welcome! For all the returning students, welcome back to another year. It's going to be great! This summer was fairly typical in many ways for OES. We hosted groups of folks who wanted to learn more about campus sustainability at Oberlin (from green building professionals to students from across the country), we collaborated with other schools in the Great Lakes region to expand our sustainability programs and equip them with Environmental Dashboards, and we got ready for another school year. In addition, we updated our Greenhouse Gas Inventory and began work on institutionalizing a rebate program for efficiency projects.
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Ecolympics 2015 Wrap-Up

Friday, May 08, 2015

Ecolympics 2015 Wrap-Up The 2015 Ecolympics Competition was a huge success! Oberlin continued to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability with large reductions in resource use over the three-week competition that was held between April 9th and April 30th, placing as one of the top 5 water reducers amongst colleges and universities across the United States and Canada participating in Campus Conservation Nationals.
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GLCA Grant to Bring Environmental Dashboard to New Colleges

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GLCA Grant to Bring Environmental Dashboard to New Colleges Oberlin College has been awarded a grant from the Great Lakes College Association (GLCA)—a consortium of 13 private liberal arts colleges located in Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio—as part of its “Expanding Collaboration Initiative” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant is awarded for a project in partnership with Albion College, Antioch College, DePauw University, and Hope College.
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OES Initiates New Campus-Wide Ink & Toner Recycling Program

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

OES Initiates New Campus-Wide Ink & Toner Recycling Program In the interest of furthering Oberlin's commitment to sustainability and in the absence of a campus-wide ink and toner cartridge recycling program, the Office of Environmental Sustainability have launched a recycling program through the supplier of the workstation printers on campus (Konica Minolta). There are boxes in eight buildings on campus to assist in recycling collection.
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