Office of Energy and Sustainability

Committee on Environmental Sustainability

The General Faculty approved the creation of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability (CES) in 2006 as a body that reviews, proposes, and oversees implementation of the Oberlin College Environmental Policy and approved by the Board of Trustees in March of 2004. Additionally, the CES supports and facilitates efforts by the College to publicize its role as a leader in campus sustainability and environmental citizenship. As such, it is charged with ensuring that the campus and outside world are educated about progress Oberlin College is making towards a green campus. 

In Fall 2015, after a multi-year process, the Committee presented an Environmental Implementation Plan to the General Faculty. The document reaffirms the guiding principles of the Environmental Policy, updates progress in various categories, and provides insights and aspirations to be used as a roadmap for further advancements. The plan was adopted by the General Faculty in November 2015.

The CES works closely with the Office of Energy and Sustainability. Its authority derives from its status as a standing committee of the General Faculty; and as such, it reports periodically to the General Faculty on progress made towards sustainability objectives.