The Oberlin Review

Environmental Studies Professor Cindy Frantz presents on the College’s efforts to reach carbon neutrality in the
Science Center. The College has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2025.

College Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2025

September 23, 2016

Scattered across the campus, various devices hint at environmental awareness, from the glowing orbs in each dorm that tell students how much energy they use to the composting bins filled to the brim in Stevenson Dining Hall. The Office of Environmental Sustainability hosted a Carbon Neutrality Forum Tuesday to showcase exactly how the College is planning fulfill its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. To reach the 2025 goal, the College brought in the environmental consulting firm Ever- Green Energy ...

The community-owned Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System plant generates and provides electric power to its 3,100 residential and commercial customers. Oberlin College is working toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

Faculty Look to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

March 11, 2016

With 20/20 hindsight, several major stakeholders in Oberlin College’s Environmental Policy Implementation Plan are working to find new ways to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. The plan, which was adopted in November, calls for a number of implementation strategies including further integrating education on environmental issues into the College’s curriculum. Although a number of these strategies have been realized, those charged with implementing the plan are pushing for a more intentional...

A Hundred Trees Planted to Offset Carbon Emissions

Julia Herbst, News Editor

April 26, 2013

As part of continuing efforts to offset carbon emissions on campus, students and grounds crew members gathered last Saturday, April 20, to plant 100 trees in the former agricultural fields north of the solar panels. The event, organized by the Carbon Management Fund and co-sponsored by Ecolympics, is the second major tree-planting event this academic year. In November, a group of approximately 20 students planted 27 trees in Tappan Square. The Green EDGE Fund, which finances a variety of local environmental projects, also helped the Oberlin Rotary Club fund an additional 30 trees which were planted as part of the Club’s 75th anniversary celebration last fall. Dennis Greive, College grounds services manager, helped...

Green EDGE Fund Not Mentioned In Article

Alex Deeter

December 14, 2012

This letter is in response to the recent article about carbon-offsetting (“Trees Planted in Carbon Offset Initiative,” Nov. 30, 2012). The Green EDGE Fund was greatly involved in the carbon-offsetting project but was not mentioned in the article. My name is Deeter, and earlier this semester I joined the Green Ecological Design and General Efficiency Fund. This fund is financed through students to help improve sustainability at Oberlin College. The purpose of the board is to approve and help students work on projects that range from efficiency projects (converting our tractors to run on vegetable oil) to general sustainability (obtaining a composting pulper for CDS). The projects are usually designed around having...

Panel Discusses Future of Natural Gas

Robin Wasserman, News Editor

November 30, 2012

Four panelists discussed issues surrounding the use of natural gas last Monday in the second event of a four-part series on how to reach the College’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. Associate Professor of Psychology Cindy Frantz said that “natural gas is not an acceptable long-term solution,” but that it is still the most likely short-term source of energy for the College as it heads toward carbon neutrality. The panel, which Frantz said had been organized in response to students’ request for a dialogue on natural gas, addressed issues that confront how the College can use natural gas as a transition fuel. “We’re stuck, I’d say, between a rock and a hard place and a dagger and a gun,” said Frantz...

Trees Planted in Carbon Offsetting Initiative

Sophia Fast

November 30, 2012

Some 20 Oberlin students gathered in Tappan Square on Nov. 10 to plant 26 new trees as part of the larger Carbon Offsetting Initiative designed to create ways to offset the College’s carbon output. Students and administrators had already planted the first tree of the project in Tappan on Sept. 29 prior to the trees planted during Parents Weekend. With the addition of 30 trees planted in collaboration with the Oberlin Rotary Club and the city of Oberlin, the project now totals 57 new trees in the Oberlin area. College seniors Tani Colbert-Sangree and James Foust and College junior Noel Myers are the driving force behind the project. The impetus came one year ago when Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly,...

Green Energy Forum

Sam Szabo, Holly Roney, and Elise Shulman-Reed

December 4, 2009

When College President Marvin Krislov signed off on Oberlin College’s Climate Action Plan this fall, he committed the school to achieving carbon emission neutrality by the year 2025. Although the plan is technically unofficial and nonbinding, on Wednesday, faculty and commu- nity members engaged in a green energy forum to talk about how to make it happen. Students filled West Lecture Hall to listen to a panel composed of environmental studies professors, a former Oberlin City Council member, Oberlin’s director of facilities planning and construction, and the manager of the Lorain County landfill discuss Oberlin’s unprecedented goal. First to speak was Rumi Shammin, assistant professor of environmental studies....

Gas to Power New AMP Plant

Holly Roney and Elise Shulman-Reed

December 4, 2009

The lights in Ohio might soon start to get a little greener. On Nov. 25, American Municipal Power announced that it would be converting its American Municipal Power Generating Station project from a pulverized coal facility to a natural gas combined-cycle facility. As stated in AMP’s press release, the project, which involved 81 communities in Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia, was terminated after November cal- culations found that the project would see a 37 percent increase in price. Although environmental activists have been against the coal plant since the project was first announced six years ago, AMP executives have said this was not the cause of its decision. The AMPGS project would have been the...

Get the College Off Coal Power

Phoebe Flaherty

December 4, 2009

To the Editors: In addition to being known as a progressive, socially liberal school, Oberlin College finds itself with a green reputation; the integration of the co-op system, sustainable buildings such as the AJLC and residences such as SEED House demonstrate ways in which the College and students have made significant efforts to increase our sustainability and lower our carbon footprint. However, our so-called green school has a big, dirty secret: a significant portion of our energy comes from burning coal. Oberlin College is responsible for the release of approximately 52,000 tons of CO2 per year — the equivalent of 17.77 tons of CO2 per student per year. Seventy-six percent of total emissions come from purchased...

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