Implementation Profile for Oberlin College
Submitted on June 4, 2008; last updated on February 21, 2013
|Basic Carnegie Classification||Bac/A&S: Baccalaureate Colleges Arts & Sciences|
|Community Setting||Urban fringe of large city|
|USDOE Climate Zone||5|
|Current President or Chancellor's Name||Marvin Krislov|
|Current President or Chancellor's Title||President|
|Main Web Site||http://www.oberlin.edu/|
|Sustainability Web Site||http://www.oberlin.edu/sustainability|
|Implementation Liaison's Name||Bridget A Flynn|
|Implementation Liaison's Title||Environmental Sustainability Fellow|
|Implementation Liaison's Department||Office of Environmental Sustainability|
|Format of Structure||Committee|
|Number of Individuals in Structure||16|
|Stakeholder Groups Represented||Community Leaders, Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff|
|Description||In November, 2006 the General Faculty approved the creation of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability (CES) as a body that will review, propose and oversee implementation of the Oberlin College Environmental Policy as set forth by the Presidents Environmental Policy Advisory Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees in March of 2004.|
1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.
Yes: In June of 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 Councils 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.
2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
In an effort to implement Oberlin's Environmental Policy Statement, a committee called the Eco-Purchasing Committee was created in September 2006. In April 2007 the Eco-Purchasing Committee finalized a comprehensive policy on environmentally preferable purchasing, including ENERGY STAR qualified products, to unite the campus in this initiative. By implementing this policy, the college will commit to supporting businesses that are strong stewards of natural, social, and economic resources.
3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.
No: No information provided.
4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.
No: N/A — unfortunately daily public transportation is not available in the City of Oberlin.
5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.
Yes: In June of 2004 Oberlin College agreed to pay Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System (OMLPS) a per megawatt-hour premium to purchase clean, renewable, carbon-neutral electricity from the local utility. Since that time, the college has purchased more than 36,000,000 kWh of renewable energy and offset more than 35,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions for the institution as a whole. This amounts to more than 40% of the colleges average annual electricity consumption.
6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.
Yes: The Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees established a Student Socially Responsible Investment Committee (SSRIC) for the following purposes: (1) to advise the Investment Office and the Investment Committee on shareholder resolutions being proposed for companies in which the College has long-term direct investments; and (2) to research and recommend to the Investment Office and the Investment Committee socially responsible investments.
7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.
No: No information provided.