Oberlin College earned the honors as Best 4-Year Higher Education Institution from The Center for Green Schools. In expressing their praise for Liberal Arts school, the organization says on their website:
Through innovative curriculum, research and work opportunities, and educational events and programming, Oberlin College aims to engage all members of its community in sustainability issues. Not only are sustainability lessons incorporated into classroom curriculum, but also into the rest of the campus environment – including its architecture, landscapes and campus culture. Projects at Oberlin include a near-zero waste community block party, student work opportunities as living machine operators, a responsible investing group, a campus-wide move-out reuse sale and a recycled products co-op. In addition, the city and college have signed on to become one of 18 Clinton Foundation Climate Positive Development Program cities, committing to create one of the first climate positive cities in the US.
Oberlin hosts the largest solar array of any private, 4-year liberal arts college in the US. The 2.27 mega-watt photo-voltaic array generates approximately 12 percent of the campus’ electricity. The college also has a green room certification program, a bike co-op and five LEED-certified buildings.
Oberlin commented on the honor in a press release that stated:
“We want sustainability to be the default condition on campus, where it becomes just the way we live and work, and how we do things at Oberlin,” says Rob Lamppa, Oberlin’s director of sustainability and energy management. “This award recognizes our continued efforts to move in this direction. We need to keep leading by example, as we all have a stake in this."