Our Commitment: Sustainable Transportation
As signers of the Clinton Climate Positive Development Program, the City of Oberlin and Oberlin College are committed to reducing Oberlin's greenhouse gas emissions below zero. Our mission is:
To promote a transportation system serving the needs of all Oberlin residents, using sustainable principles, with assistance from local, county and regional community partners, to reduce carbon emissions along with negative social, economic and environmental impacts.
Oberlin College Commitments
The City of Oberlin and Oberlin College are leading by example in their commitments to reduce carbon emissions internally. As the first of its peer institutions to sign the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, Oberlin College has led the way in establishing comprehensive sustainability planning and practice. These commitments have paved the way for the City's and College's participation in the Clinton Climate Positive Development Program.
City of Oberlin Commitments
As a member of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the City of Oberlin has committed to completing a five-milestone process leading to carbon neutrality. As of 2011, the City has completed milestones two and three, setting carbon emissions reductions targets and adopting a climate action plan. The fivemilestones are:
WE ARE GUIDED BY:
- City of Oberlin 2025 Strategic Plan
- City of Oberlin Climate Action Plan
- Oberlin College Environmental Policy (2004)
- The Oberlin Project Energy Planning Committee Strategic Plan
- Oberlin Transportation Study by the Center for Neighborhood Technology
The Transportation Working Group will focus on the following four areas and facilitate the development of a work plan including overall objectives, interim and long-term implementation strategies, and policy recommendations.
- Using the Center for Neighborhood Technology as a guide to a transportation Master Plan.
- Assisting the City with investigating the Local Government Innovation Fund grant through the ODOD by September 3, 2012. Up to $100,000 grant or $500,000 loan. Looking at a collaboration with the city schools, Oberlin College and possibly other large entities within the city to assess an appropriate (or multiple) solution(s) for alternative fuel options for fleets.
- Include success story of complete street project.
- Educating the community on alternative transportation options as well as the economic, environmental, and health benefits.
- Be part of the regionalconversation
- Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium – 12 county planning initiative
- Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority (RTA)
- Other partners: Lorain County Community College, Lorain County Joint Vocational School, etc.
- Westshore Commuter Rail (http://www.ridewestshore.com/)