Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.13
Liaison Bridget Flynn
Submission Date March 9, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Oberlin College
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Bridget Flynn
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Environmental Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sustainability & Finance Intern

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :
The Office of Environmental Sustainability and Office of Finance collaborated in a unique undertaking that lead to the creation of an internship between the two offices. When evaluating the cost of various campus projects, staff realized that there were some inconsistencies and subsequent opportunities to better meld financial goals with sustainability ones. This realization resulted in the creation of an exciting internship - the Energy Conservation Finance Metrics Intern. The intern began with analyzing campus projects and developing a cost of carbon. This cost of carbon could then set the stage for future project assessment and prioritization. This followed with a lifecycle analysis assessment and then an fleet management assessment. Not only are these projects fairly unique in their own right, but to be conducted by an economics student in consultation with two administrative departments is rare. The findings were incredibly valuable for campus as well as for the student who applied their learning to real world scenarios while gaining better understanding of how the institution functions.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
This work evolved into exploration for a cost of carbon for campus projects and presentations to senior administrators. This engaged senior administration in a novel way. This work evolved into the intern conducting lifecycle analysis. Further the intern analyzed opportunities with fleet management.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum ---
Research ---
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate ---
Buildings Yes
Dining Services No
Energy Yes
Grounds No
Purchasing Yes
Transportation Yes
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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