There are many people in Oberlin’s past and present endeavoring to create a more sustainable future for all. I want to recognize a few people that might not get enough credit for the incredible work that they do and help support. These people work tirelessly to support students on campus and keep operations in order; these champions facilitate important programming, advise initiatives, and guide projects to successful outcomes. These folks really underpin a whole host of groups and initiatives:
- Keith Watkins, Director of Facilities Operations: Keith advises the Resource Conservation Team (RCT), oversees many efficiency and maintenance projects, and knows campus unlike many others. He is able to identify barriers, but goes above and beyond to offer solutions to overcome challenges.
- Michele Gross, Director of Dining Services:Michele has been at the college longer than current students have been alive. She is always open to student project ideas and allows students to pursue their sustainability projects through paid work in the CDS Recyclers. With Michele’s leadership bottled water was banned, the College committed to the Real Food Challenge, and — among other things — trayless dining, composting, and mug discounts were initiated.
- Rebecca Mosely, Associate Director of Residential Education: Becky oversees a variety of aspects of residence life at the College. She supports the SEED House, the sustainability-themed floor, sustainability-dorm Kahn Hall, Ecolympics, and many other programs. The support of Becky and ResEd has propelled sustainability initiatives in the residence halls and beyond.
News & Announcements:
- New AVP for Energy Management and Sustainability: The Source wrote an article about Meghan and the OES. You can read it here.
- Investment Decisions: To kick off March, the Administration sponsored a symposium on investment. Following this symposium, the Responsible Investing Organization held a two-day workshop on College investing practices.
- Ecolympics 2014: Ecolympics 2014 runs from April 4 to 25 this year! All dorms are participating in water and electricity reduction. We have over 30 events confirmed for this time, too! More on the exciting competition, events, and prizes can be found here: oberlin.edu/ecolympics and you can view current dorm energy use here:oberlin.edu/dormenergy
- International Visitors: Paul Allen, Rebecca Sullivan, and Joanna Wright from Zero Carbon Britain (http://www.zerocarbonbritain.com/) along with Hans Lehmann and Elisabeth Ibing Holm with Project ZERO (http://www.projectzero.dk/) will be in Oberlin April 1 to 4 in conjunction with the Oberlin Project to collectively make progress towards our climate positive goals.
For all environmental-related events on campus – check out the Environmental Events Calendar! If you would like it to be shared with you, email Bridget. If you would like one of your events to be added to eNewsletter, please email us.
April 3: Transition to a Carbon-free Future @ 4:30PM Hallock Auditorium: This panel discussion will address ways global leaders (Britain, Denmark, and Oberlin) are working to create a climate positive future. Discussion followed by reception with light refreshments. [facebook] [calendar]
April 3: Beehive Collective on “Mesamérica Resiste” @ 7:00PM AJLC 102: The Beehive Design Collective is a wildly motivated, all-volunteer, activist arts collective that work as word-to-image translators of complex global stories. [facebook] [calendar]
April 4: OES Hangout: Ecolympics Edition @ 12:00PM Wilder 110: Join OES and friends for some food, drinks, and treats to kick off Ecolympics 2014! Per usual, bring a dish to share if you wish. [facebook]
April 15: Slow Train Sustainability Trivia @ 8:30PM Slow Train: Your favorite local trivia just got better – it’ll have sustainability themes during Ecolympics. Come to flex your brain, for the prizes, or for the wine.
April 23: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food @ 7PM Hallock Auditorium: Gene Baur from Farm Sanctuary will give a talk about animals, farming, food, and the sanctuary. [facebook]
There are A LOT of events this month in conjunction with Ecolympics — over 40!!! A full list of Ecolympics events are being added here and will be available very soon: http://new.oberlin.edu/office/environmental-sustainability/ecolympics/events.dot
For more info and to see a full list of events, please the Events tab on the OES website: http://new.oberlin.edu/office/environmental-sustainability/events/
As we gear up for Ecolympics 2014, here’s a reminder of our successes from last year, and some tips for an awesome conservation competition this year, in numbers.