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

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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OES June eNewsletter

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

OES June eNewsletter While the first day of summer (the summer solstice) was June 21, for college folks we've been into the summer swing for a month now. Once the semester concludes and dust settles from move-out and Commencement/Reunion weekend, what do administrative departments do?
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OES May eNewsletter

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

OES May eNewsletter First, I want to say congratulations to everyone on wrapping up an incredible 2013-14 school year. Congratulations to the seniors that graduated this weekend and joined the ranks of Oberlin's esteemed alumni. Congratulations to all the professors that taught incredible classes, advised students, and worked on committees this year. Congratulations to all the staff for wrapping up another fantastic year supporting the institution.
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Co-ops Dominate 2014 Ecolympics

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Co-ops Dominate 2014 Ecolympics Residence 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.
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OES April eNewsletter

Friday, May 02, 2014

OES April eNewsletter This is a busy time of the year for many people. Students are finishing up their semesters, completing thesis work, writing papers, studying for finals; faculty are wrapping up courses, assigning and grading final work, writing recommendations; staff are wrapping up projects and getting everything in order before the students leave for the summer. It's easy to get consumed by our busyness. Sustainability is a field that is never "done."
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Less is More in Ecolympics Contest

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Less is More in Ecolympics Contest Ecolympics—Oberlin’s campus-wide competition to reduce energy and water consumption—is already in full swing. This year’s Ecolympics brings Oberlin City Schools into the fray with a concurrent competition that takes full advantage of each school’s energy monitoring Environmental Dashboard.
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OES March eNewsletter

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

OES March eNewsletter Oberlin is known for its commitment to sustainability. When we go to conferences and interact with people in the field, Oberlin is consistently recognized as a leader. It's hard to pinpoint where, when, and how Oberlin became such a prominent force in sustainability -- of course there were many milestones along the way, like the creation of the AJLC or signing of the ACUPCC -- the momentum continues to this day as we strive for an even more resilient, healthier, happier campus and population.
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OES February eNewsletter

Thursday, March 13, 2014

OES February eNewsletter Greetings! I realize this February eNewsletter is coming at you quite a bit tardy; my apologies! While February is the shortest month of the year, it's also the first month of the spring semester at Oberlin. We packed a lot into this four-week month.
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Envisioning Sustainability

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Envisioning Sustainability Last year, Oberlin's Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) updated the environmental policy, installed new bike repair stations across campus, laid plans to update waste stations across campus, and hosted more than 30 events as part of the Ecolympics, the annual three-week competition between dorms to see who can reduce their water and electricity use the most. This year, the office hopes to expand on that succees, with Meghan Riesterer, as its new assistant vice president of energy management and sustainability, at the helm.
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