Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.13
Liaison Bridget Flynn
Submission Date March 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Oberlin College
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Meghan Riesterer
Assistant Vice President of Energy Management and Sustainability
Office of Environmental Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Oberlin College Leadership & Friends of the Oberlin Project

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The College has formed a committee consisting of top level administrators and alumni dedicated to discovering and implementing a leadership approach to embed sustainability throughout the College as well as fusion into the larger community with the Oberlin Project. The innovative approach is to connect and embed sustainability into the social justice core of Oberlin College. The Oberlin Project is a joint effort of the City of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and private and institutional partners to improve the resilience, prosperity, and sustainability of the community. The Oberlin Project's aim is to revitalize the local economy, eliminate carbon emissions, restore local agriculture, food supply and forestry, and create a new, sustainable base for economic and community development.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Implementation of the Friends of the Oberlin Project Outline (attached) as the letter of support by one of the qualified and participating alumni.

The consultants that will set the groundwork for this project have been identified, have determined timelines, and begun to meet with campus stakeholders. They have employed two students to do a private reading project to establish systems maps of Oberlin College, evaluate peer programs and various ranking and rating systems including STARS, and investigate and research various sustainability efforts to provide a context for moving forward and ingraining sustainability more deeply into Oberlin's core mission.


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 five):
Yes or No
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Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
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Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
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Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
social justice

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
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