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Green EDGE Fund

  • Oberlin College (OH)

The Green EDGE Fund finances environmental projects on the Oberlin College campus and occasionally in the Oberlin community. The Green EDGE Fund is financed by fees from the student body ...


Syllabus: Psychology 308: Advanced Methods in Community Based Social Marketing

  • Oberlin College (OH)

This course will give you training in Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM), an empirically driven approach to changing human behavior. While the techniques of CBSM can be used to change ...

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2018
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Electricity and Water Conservation on College and University Campuses in Response to National Competitions among Dormitories: Quantifying Relationships between Behavior, Conservation Strategies and Psychological Metrics

  • New York University (NY)
  • Oberlin College (OH)

“Campus Conservation Nationals” (CCN) is a recurring, nation-wide electricity and water-use reduction competition among dormitories on college campuses. We conducted a two year empirical study of the competition’s effects ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Environmental Studies Bachelor

  • Oberlin College (OH)

The Environmental Studies (ES) Program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human interactions with the environment. The goal of the major is to equip students with the knowledge ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Environmental Studies Minor

  • Oberlin College (OH)

A student interested in a focused, but less extensive, study of the environment may pursue a minor in Environmental Studies. A minor must include ENVS 101 (Environment and Society) and ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Restorative, heterotopic spacing for campus sustainability

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)

This article proposes an alternative spatial form for a university campus, which embeds itself within the region, in which it is located. The proposed campus spacing is inspired by recent ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Environmental Dashboard: Fostering K12-College Collaborations that Discover and Realize Education and Conservation Opportunities

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Many schools have adopted resource-use visualization 'dashboards' that provide real-time feedback on energy and water use in campus buildings. While dashboard technology and programming (such as resource-use reduction competitions) have ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Developing and Implementing Innovative Carbon Offset Projects

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Florida (FL)

For universities and colleges with fast approaching climate goals, it is clear that carbon offsets are set to play a crucial role in achieving these goals. More schools are looking ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Creating Cultures of Sustainability and Diversity, On and Off Campus: Stories from Three Institutions

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

This session will present stories from three institutions--Georgia Tech, Oberlin College, and University of Illinois at Chicago--that are creating sustainability cultures by building on campus and community assets. Drawn from ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Student Internships Mobilizing From Coal to Carbon Neutrality Efforts

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Carbon neutrality efforts require high level planning and coordination; meanwhile, sustainability offices often have few staff and full plates. This case study highlights efforts of two Oberlin College students who ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Using Real-Time Campus Data to Explore Management and Behavior: Introduction to Teaching with Building Dashboard Technologies

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Many schools have adopted resource-use visualization 'dashboards' that provide real-time feedback on energy and water use in campus buildings. Parallel use of this technology for student engagement and facilities management ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Utilizing Carbon Offsets To Fulfil the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitments

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This session will give an overview of the new guidelines for utilizing carbon offsets as part of the Second Nature Climate Commitments and highlight a sampling of some of the ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Developing Short Animations to Foster Awareness and Environmental Connection to Place

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Systems thinking' skills--the understanding of how relationships, interdependencies, and individual group behavior impact community and ecosystem--are important for environmental sustainability. 'Citywide Dashboard,' a conceptual model of a community animated by ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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‘The Biophilic University’: a de-familiarizing organizational metaphor for ecological sustainability?

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia

A new primary, root metaphor the ‘Biophilic University’, is introduced here, underpinning a potential de-familiarizing human-nature narrative and heuristic to contest and break free of what is conceptualised as the ...

  • Posted Nov. 14, 2016
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The Transition to Resilience: A Comparative Case Study of Two Communities

  • Berea College (KY)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Kentucky (KY)

This dissertation examines the question of how communities understand their risk related to global economic and environmental problems and how communities respond to those risks. Specifically, using comparative case study ...


The role of students in the co-creation of transformational knowledge and sustainability experiments: Experiences from Sweden, Japan and the USA

  • Clark University (MA)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Tokyo
  • Lund University

Accompanying realizations that engagement of multiple societal sectors (academia, industry, government, citizenry) and disciplines are required for formulating effective responses to complex sustainability challenges, calls for new forms of knowledge ...


Students as change agents in a town-wide sustainability transformation: the Oberlin Project at Oberlin College

  • Clark University (MA)
  • Oberlin College (OH)

An increasing number of colleges and universities are playing a crucial role in driving societal transformations and creating the physical and social conditions for accelerating progress towards sustainability. The potential ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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AASHE Leadership and Keynote Speakers

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Dr. David Orr Presents AASHE 2015 Monday Keynote Address

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • AASHE (PA)

Dr. David Orr, Oberlin 2020 Project founder and Senior Adviser to the President at Oberlin College, spoke on the AASHE 2015 conference theme, Transforming Sustainability Education.

  • Posted March 3, 2016
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Environmental Dashboard: Using real-time display of resource use & community voices to foster connections & empower stewardship

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Many schools now use real-time 'dashboards' that provide feedback on electricity use in campus buildings to encourage conservation behavior. This presentation will engage audience members in an exploration of 'Environmental ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Beyond Boundaries in Oberlin, Ohio: College and Community Collaboration for Developing Sustainable and Resilient Energy Systems

  • Oberlin College (OH)

What does it mean to be a leader and create transformational change in a community and beyond? This is the profound experiment happening in Oberlin, Ohio. Here, we are daring ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Opening Keynote - David Orr

  • Oberlin College (OH)

A long time leader in the sustainability field, Mr. Orr is the author of seven books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse and Earth in Mind: On Education ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Transforming Despair

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Understanding the implications of climate change can leave people at a loss, pushing them into a state of despair. Lertzman (2012) argues that emotions associated with negativity and despair can ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Symbiotic Sustainability: Oberlin Town and Gown Collaboration

  • Oberlin College (OH)

College towns across the country are facing growing economic, social, and environmental challenges. A shared vision to build a more sustainable community between city and college leaders can be a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sharing your Sustainability Story: the Role of Communications

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Tufts University (MA)

Understanding the importance of generating environmental awareness on campus, many sustainability offices have begun creating positions with an emphasis on communications, marketing, and outreach. After all, it is vital to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Reinventing Community: Oberlin College's Green Arts District

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • BNIM Architects (MO)

The Green Arts District (GAD) is the heart of a regional plan launched in 2009 to transform the progressive college campus and city into a sustainable model of a post ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building a Strategy for Changing Behavior at Your Institution

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Academic institutions cannot achieve climate neutrality through technology alone; members of the institution must also be engaged in creating a culture of sustainability. Our research project employed a community-based social ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campus Conservation Nationals: Lessons Learned by Competing to Reduce Dormitory Water and Electricity Use

  • Oberlin College (OH)

During fall of 2010, 120,000 students at 39 colleges and universities participated in the "Campus Conservation Nationals" (CCN), a three week competition to reduce electricity and water use in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Can Real-Time Dashboard Displays of Resource Use in Buildings and across campus facilities be used to build a community and a culture of stewardship?

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Lucid (CA)

In recent years many colleges and universities have undertaken comprehensive technological and management initiatives to improve campus energy and material use efficiency. Many schools have also undertaken educational programs designed ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Blueprint for University Campuses as Living Learning Laboratories of Sustainability

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

What role should higher education institutions play in implementing campus sustainability? Is it transforming campus facilities to become more sustainable or is it transforming the curriculum to incorporate sustainability principles ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Exchange Programs as a Potentially Cost Effective and Socially Beneficial Approach to Offsetting Carbon Emissions Locally

  • Oberlin College (OH)

To achieve carbon neutrality, organizations can balance unavoidable emissions by purchasing "carbon offsets" that provide credit for emissions captured or reduced elsewhere. Locally managed and implemented offset programs can provide ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campus Sustainability Planning: Perceptions and Priorities

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Planning for campus sustainability is often initiated by facilities and services, environment-related departments, or directly by the administration. The impetus for these entities is often serving vested interests, putting out ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Teaching Sustainability: Engaging Students in Developing Local Sustainability Indicators

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Students play an important role in defining the culture and spirit of a campus and engaging them in sustainability initiatives on campus and beyond is an important component of the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Utilizing Community Based Social Marketing to Transform Sustainable Behavior

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Behavior change campaigns have the potential to be highly effective and quite inexpensive. But how do we know which behaviors to target and how to influence these behaviors? Four schools ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Analysis of Student Behaviors Impacting Carbon Emissions Through Community Based Social Marketing Research

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Academic institutions cannot achieve climate neutrality through technology alone; members of the college community must also be engaged in creating a culture of sustainability. This research project employed a community-based ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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2.3 MW Solar Field

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • SPG Solar (CA)

The array consists of 7,722 polycrystalline photovoltaic (PV) panels bolted to a ground-mounted tracking system and covers about 10 acres of agricultural land on the northwest corner of campus ...

  • Posted May 1, 2012
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101 kW Parking Canopy: Adam Joseph Lewis Environmental Center

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Solar Design Associates (MA)

A new solar parking pavilion has been constructed over the Adam J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies' existing parking lot with the purpose of supplying the remainder of the center ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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59 kW Rooftop Array: Adam Joseph Lewis Environmental Center

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Key features of the building include solar panels on the roof.

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
  • Green Power Projects
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