The Oberlin Review

Students Should Attend Eliza Griswold’s Fossil Fuel Presentation

John Elder, OC ’53, Member of the First Church Green Team

September 21, 2018

Combining a poet’s artistry, a translator’s empathy, and an investigative journalist’s persistence, Eliza Griswold makes the deeply divisive issue of fossil fuel extraction grippingly real. We are very fortunate that the recipient of many prestigious awards is including Oberlin on her tour to talk about her rave-reviewed new book Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America. National Book Award winner George Packer calls it “a morally complex and beautifully written story … about what binds and tears apart a community and a country.” The Green Team of The First Church in Oberlin United Church of Christ invites you to attend her presentation this Sunday at 4 p.m. in the First Church Meeti...

Sustainability Office Celebrates Milestone, Earth Day

Willa Rubin

April 22, 2016

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Office of Environmental Sustainability will hold a special event every month until the end of the year. Earth Day Field Day is the next event and is taking place today, April 22. It will feature environmentally-themed outdoor activities. The event coincides with the end of Ecolympics, which the office coordinates yearly. Anyone can organize an event for Ecolympics, which was founded in 2004, but the office oversees implementation of the two-week-long energy-saving competition and helps to co-promote it. Campaigns by ResEd and the Adam Joseph Lewis Center’s Poop Campaign have been among the most notable, and the city itself began participating in 2014 when Oberlin Public Schools...

Students march through Oberlin in a parade marking the opening of the Ecolympics. This is the district’s third year participating in the competition.

In Ecolympics, Schools Compete for Low Marks

April 15, 2016

A competition in which green beats gold is a staple of the city’s school year for both the College and the city’s public school system. The third annual Ecolympics, which began April 8 and will conclude on Earth Day, is off to an active start. During the Ecolympics, students participate in marches and events centered on environmental sustainability and the decrease of water and electricity usage. The College created Ecolympics in 2004 as a competition between dorms and co-ops to reduce...

Ecolympics Underway, Expands Programming

Adiel Kaplan, Staff Writer

April 19, 2013

The glowing energy orbs around campus have been a little greener over the last two weeks as the Office of Environmental Sustainability kicks off its sixth annual Ecolympics. Ecolympics, which began April 5 and will run through April 26, is Oberlin’s three-week- long dorm energy-reduction competition, accompanied by daily events. This past Monday, a lecture titled “Environmental & LGBTQ Activism and the Bio-diversity of Sexuality” by eco- feminist activist and author Pattrice Jones was co-sponsored by the Drag Ball Committee, marking the first year of any such partnership. But it’s not just Drag Ball: this year Ecolympics is co-sponsoring events in partnership with organizations like Oberlin Shansi and...

Ecolympics Encourages Energy Conservation, Competition

Joseph Dilworth, Staff Writer

April 6, 2012

Along with group showers, ice cream socials and dorm rivalries, the Ecolympics have returned. The competition began Tuesday and will run for a total of three weeks, during which dorms will battle in three separate categories that include electricity reduction, water reduction and attendance at Ecolympics events. “The goals are to engage, educate, motivate and empower students to take control of their resource use in dorms and to think more actively about the ways in which the personal and collective choices that they make affect the environment,” said John Petersen, associate professor of Environmental Studies and Biology. Dorms that finish first in each of the categories will be rewarded with a commemorative...

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