What is Ecolympics?
Ecolympics is Oberlin's annual water and electricity conservation competition and community event series focused on sustainability topics. The 2016 Oberlin Ecolympics will run for two-weeks from April 8 - 22, ending on Earth Day!
Ecolympics began as a competition between the dorms and now has expanded to all the city schools! During the competition, Oberlin is host to dozens of community events ranging from film screenings to community service, from amazing guest speakers to how-to demonstrations.
At the college, the Ecolympics competition is between dorms to reduce electricity and water use, and between co-ops to reduce electricity use. In the city, all the City's K-12 public schools participate in the water and electricity reduction competition.
All communities are welcome to the community events as each event is free and open to the public.
Why does this matter?
Oberlin is working hard towards its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025, but we need your help.
About half of each dorm’s electricity consumption is directly controlled by its occupants by what they plug in and turn on. Buildings are responsible for ⅔ of electrical use and 12% of water consumption in the United States. Last year, electricity use accounted for about half of Oberlin College’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Students, faculty, and staff each used an average of almost 7,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity and 15,000 gallons of water on the Oberlin campus. Let's work to reduce the amount of electricity and water we use on campus.
Who wins and how?
In the college, dorms can win one or more of three categories: 1.) water use, 2.) electricity use, and 3.) participation in Ecolympics events. Co-ops also compete amongst themselves in electricity reduction. There are individual prizes for participating in Ecolympics events.
For more information on how resource metering works, how the winners are determined, and what prizes they get, see the About page.
What can I do?
- Work with your dorm mates to reduce water and electricity use during the competition. Want to know what works and what doesn’t? See our How You Can Reduce page for tips.
- Go to oberlin.edu/dormenergy to track your dorm’s resource use, connect to your Facebook account, and make commitments to conserve. Some dorms have electricity monitored and displayed for each floor or wing.
- Attend Ecolympics events to earn tickets. All tickets will be collected and tallied so that the end of the competition, your dorm can win for participation. Some events will also have raffle prizes: gift certificates and tickets for town businesses!
Friday, May 08, 2015The 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.
Thursday, May 08, 2014Residence halls and co-ops increased their overall water and electricity savings over last year during the 2014 Ecolympics contest, which took place April 4 through April 25. Oberlin was also one of the biggest water reducers in the Campus Conservation Nationals.
Friday, May 03, 2013Oberlin’s 2013 Ecolympics—a three week competition between dorms to reduce electricity and water use—took place from April 5 to 26. In addition to the competition, there were a myriad of events happening in tandem. Overall, the dorms saved 10,070 kWh of electricity – the average amount of electricity an American home uses in an entire year (or three homes for a year in Europe). The college also saved 54,537 gallons of water, which is equivalent to about 1,500 10-minute showers! In fact, Oberlin College was one of the biggest water reducers nationwide during the competition and was recognized nationally for this feat.
Friday, April 05, 2013The 2013 Ecolympics competition starts at midnight on Friday, April 5, and runs until midnight on Friday, April 26 -- and campus events last until April 27. Ecolympics is a three week competition between dorms to reduce electricity and water use. The two dorms that reduce their electricity or water use by the largest percentage take the win! A third winner will be crowned for participating in the most Ecolympics-sponsored events. In addition to the dorm competition, there are a variety of events happening on campus in conjunction with Ecolympics. This year there are over 30 events in the three weeks of the competition!
- Go to Ecolympics events
- Connect your dorm to Facebook and make commitments to conserve on the Building Dashboard
- Learn more about how you can reduce your resource usage