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Benefits of Transition to Natural Gas Questioned

Rachel Weinstein, Staff Writer

October 11, 2013

Oberlin College is currently gearing up for a new sustainable installment — the replacement of the central heating plant’s coal boilers with new natural gas-fueled tanks. For years, the College has been dependent on a central coal burning plant to heat academic and residential buildings on campus — a solution that only some find acceptable. Separated into multiple zones, buildings on the northeast side of campus will be the first to utilize the new natural gas energy. The initiative will officially break ground next Monday, beginning with the construction of the site for the new boilers. “[Rob Lampaa, director of sustainability] put forward a plan in the last year and the Board of Trustees voted to approve...

Demonstration Highlights Concern Over Natural Gas

William Passannante, Staff Writer

December 14, 2012

Around 150 demonstrators interrupted last Friday’s trustees’ dinner in the Science Center atrium to present a letter expressing concern about the College’s plan to use natural gas to fuel the central heating plant. Demonstrators gathered earlier at Wilder Bowl to listen to several speakers. “This is the rally for responsible energy use,” one student said to the crowd. College senior David Roswell, an Environmental Studies and Politics major, spoke to the crowd at the rally about some of the problems he sees in the College’s plan. Roswell said that in trying to “get off” a coal-powered central heating plant, the College “did all these studies, and they got really great answers to all the...

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...

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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