Oberlin's environmental policy is largely shaped by the following four commitments:
Environmental Policy Statement
In March 2004 the Board of Trustees adopted the following Environmental Policy Statement, proposed and approved by the General Faculty Planning Committee:
This policy statement comes out of the work of the Environmental Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC). Then-president Nancy Dye appointed this committee to produce a comprehensive report with recommendations and goals for the College's environmental stewardship. This report will serve as the basis for Oberlin's implementation of its environmental policy.
Climate Neutral by 2025
Oberlin College took a leadership role in environmental stewardship when former President Nancy Dye established Oberlin as one of the nation's first institutions of higher education to accept the goal of climate neutrality by signing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
As a charter signatory, Oberlin was one of the first four schools in the United States and the first in its peer group to sign the ACUPCC, an environmental initiative developed by Second Nature, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and ecoAmerica to address what they term "the defining challenge of our century—the twin crises of energy sustainability and climate change."
Signatories to the ACUPCC pledge to commit their institutions to making the transition to a climate neutral society a major priority.
LEED Building Policy
In June 2006, the Oberlin College Board of Trustees adopted a policy that all new construction and major renovations on campus have to be designed and built in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standard. The adoption of this standard will significantly reduce the use of resources on campus in the future, as the built spaces will both be built more efficiently and perform more efficiently.
During the 2003-04 academic year, Oberlin initiated a strategic planning process focused on developing a plan that would ensure academic, artistic, and musical excellence as well as financial sustainability in the years ahead. The Strategic Plan was approved by the General Faculty and unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees. The plan charts a course that will strengthen Oberlin’s future. One of the key components of the strategic plan is a commitment to move towards environmental sustainability.
News & Announcements
Tuesday, December 11, 2012During the 2012-13 academic year, the Committee on Environmental Sustainability (CES) is reviewing the College's Environmental Policy. The committee was divided into subgroups in charge of reviewing, revising, and updating the sections of the Environmental Policy. These changes will be presented and conferred upon by the CES throughout the spring semester 2013.