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In September of 2010, Marcy Kaptur, Congresswoman for the U.S. 9th Congressional District, secured funding from the U. S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory to increase the reliability of the District’s energy infrastructure, the sustainability of its energy sources, and the efficiency by which energy is transmitted and used. This award advances one of the DOE’s main goals moving forward: “To catalyze the timely, material, and efficient transformation of the nation’s energy system and secure U.S. leadership in clean energy technologies." Ultimately, the work resulting from this award prepares the 9th Congressional District to lead the region in its transition away from a fossil fuel-based energy system toward a cleaner, more sustainable future.

We know we need to act now to effectively mitigate climate change. How do we overcome the inertia of dismissal and inaction and catalyze rapid full-scale transformation? The Oberlin Project is a joint effort of the City of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and private and institutional partners to create a national model for sustainable communities.

What do we stand for Now?

Imagine Oberlin in the year 2025 with a vibrant 24/7 downtown featuring local foods, arts, and music, powered by energy efficiency and sunlight. Imagine arriving from Hopkins airport on a light-rail coming through a 20,000 acre greenbelt of farms and forests that terminates close to a new, deep green hotel with a cuisine featuring local foods.

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