Oberlin Project Begins New Chapter in Summer 2017

Posted by Sean Hayes on February 21, 2017 in Community


The original vision for the Oberlin Project was generated in discussions with College and City officials in the spring of 2009, in the wake of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Throughout that year of uncertainty, Oberlin Project organizers discussed how the City and the College might collaborate on a temporary organization with a lifespan of four to six years to build a resilient and sustainable economy that would serve the people of Oberlin, respond to the looming challenges of rapid climate change, and advance the cause of justice for which the Oberlin community is known. Their efforts have been widely successful to date and have reached intended milestones on schedule.

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White House Recognizes Oberlin as Climate Action Champion

Posted by Ben Jones on December 9, 2014 in Community

The White House announced today that Oberlin is one of 16 local governments selected as the inaugural Climate Action Champions, a new initiative administered by the Department of Energy (DOE) that recognizes local governments that have taken proactive steps to cut carbon pollution and prepare for the effects of climate change and extreme weather. Oberlin was chosen as part of a competitive application process screened by the DOE.

By addressing these two goals together—for instance, by installing renewable energy sources on buildings in order to provide a reliable energy source for emergency responders; installing energy-efficient windows that are also more storm-resistant; or leveraging innovative green infrastructure for carbon sequestration and flood protection—the Climate Action Champions will serve as a model for other communities to adopt clean energy strategies.

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City of Oberlin's Zero Waste Plan Goals

Posted by Cullen Naumoff on November 20, 2014 in Community

While this February’s fire that destroyed the City of Oberlin’s refuse fleet was not an ideal scenario, it did provide a catalyst for the City to rethink its public recycling and refuse program.  The new process, which launches this week, is one step toward realizing the City’s new Zero Waste policy, passed by City Council in May 2014.  Oberlin’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Commission worked closely with the City to develop the new zero waste policy.

Each residence will receive two 64-gallon carts; one for recycling and one for refuse.  The City’s revised recycling process does not require sorting on behalf of the residents.  Multiple sources have noted that mixed, single stream has proven to improve recycling rates in municipalities by 30%-%50%, nationally.  All recyclables will be taken to Republic’s recycling facility just east of town.  Republic’s facility was built in 2013 and uses an advanced sorting system with the latest technology in mechanical and optical sorting.  The facility is touted as one of the most advanced in the state.

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NEW Automated Refuse & Recycling Curbside Program

Posted by Lori Sprosty on November 11, 2014 in Community

The City’s Public Works Department will be delivering new refuse and recycling carts the week of November 10th. Cart delivery is planned to coincide with the normal collection schedule. Each residence will receive two 64-gallon carts; one for refuse (black lid) and one for recycling (blue lid) along with a Residential Refuse & Recycling Guidelines brochure explaining the new program.

Residents are required to begin using the carts immediately on their normal collection day. Weekly curbside collection will be provided using the City’s carts only. Carts remain the property of the City. Containers may not be removed from the residence.

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