Oberlin Sustainability

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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

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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November eNewsletter

Monday, December 01, 2014

November eNewsletter The topic of our OES Hangout discussion this month was "what sustains you in this work and what are you thankful for". This proved to yield fruitful discussion. Any kind of work that aims to ultimately transform massive institutions -- whether that's related to food systems, natural resource protection, or prison reform -- can be daunting. Overturning systems of oppression and degradation takes a lot of work; its challenging, tiring work. I continue to be reminded of the wicked nature of the problems we're tackling, especially as issues in Ferguson and even Cleveland make national headlines.
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October eNewsletter

Saturday, November 08, 2014

October eNewsletter So.... this newsletter is a little late. It was supposed to go out at the end of October. However, I was out in Portland, Oregon networking and learning alongside sustainability officers from across the country at the AASHE conference. I was joined by our very own Sam Hartman and Rick Panfil who enjoyed meeting partners at LUCID and Bon Apetite along others. Annie Leonard, who you might recognize as the founder of the Story of Stuff and the new executive director of Greenpeace, was the keystone speaker who energetically kicked off the conference.
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City's Recycling Program Renewed

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

City's Recycling Program Renewed After the fire that destroyed the City's refuse and recycling trucks this winter, new trucks have arrived and alongside it a new recycling system will be instated! Residents in the City and Oberlin College off-campus student and staff renters will receive new carts for refuse and recycling services. Recyclable items can now be co-mingled in one cart and rolled out to the curb.
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