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

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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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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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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September eNewsletter

Friday, October 03, 2014

September eNewsletter Have classes only been in session for a month? Wow. A lot happened in September. When the semester started it was sweltering, now it's cool and the leaves are beginning to change. In the month of September, I hired six new interns to join the OES team. We now have 2.5 full-time staff and 10 interns! I went to Ohio University for a couple days with fellow sustainability officers from institutions across the state for a Sustainability Summit. I had an incredible time sharing successes and challenges with my colleagues at other schools while enjoying the lovely Ohio University campus. In the meantime, folks from across Northeast Ohio gathered together for the Sustainable Cleveland Summit.
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Board Allocates $5 Million for Impact Investment Platform, Adopts Divestment Policy

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Furthering the Board of Trustees’ commitment to making the investment process more inclusive, the Board has adopted a divestment policy providing an avenue through which students, employees, and alumni may bring forth concerns regarding endowment portfolio holdings.
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August eNewsletter

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

August eNewsletter This is always an exciting time of year! A new school year represents new beginnings and a fresh start. In this September’s OES eNewsletter I want to focus on some of those new beginnings, which can be scary but also exciting at the same time.
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July eNewsletter

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July eNewsletter This month has been a month of tying up loose ends in preparation for the school year to begin; I know, I know — I can't believe it's already almost August either! The Office of Environmental Sustainability has been reviewing social media analytics in order to engage with you all better; we've welcomed the College's new Vice President of Finance and Administration, Michael Frandsen, with a tour of campus alongside ResEd, FacOps, and the College Architect; we installed two more bike fix-it stations and all-weather pumps, one at Philips and one in front of South;
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