Ecolympics is Oberlin's annual conservation competition and community event series focused on sustainability topics.

Oberlin Ecolympics is happened a little differently this year! We moved the competition to the fall and made it more accessible for anyone to participate! You don't have to live in a dorm, you don't even have to be a student to particapte! Your actions are more important than ever and you've got two sunny weeks to take actions to live more responsibly. Individuals and teams will compete in a "scavenger hunt" challenge from September 21 to October 5.

Check out the list and sign up to participate here: ECOLYMPICS SCAVENGER HUNT LIST.

During the two weeks of the competition, we will have some awesome events going on! You can check them out on facebook or the college calendar here. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted!

How does it work and how do you win? 

The top 50 individuals with the highest points will win a prize! The top 5 individuals will win a BIG prize. You can compete as an individual and as part of a team. Individuals and teams can win awesome prizes! Can you make it to the top? The top 3 teams will also win a prize valued at ~$100, such as an ice cream party at Cowhaus, team luncheon, or a day-trip. An additional team winner will be selected based on ~creativity~! If you'd like to form a team of friends, coworkers, your student org, or the greatest ecolympics superheros you know, just write your team name in the form after your name (you'll see).

Feel free to email us if you have any questions.

Ecolympics is an annual resource conservation competition and community event series. College dorms and co-ops, public schools, and recently college offices compete to reduce electricity and water consumption. The community event series aims to educate and integrate larger conversations on sustainability into our community through films, guest speakers, service events, workshops, and more!

We have decided to move Ecolympics to the fall for the following reasons:

  • Conservation practices adopted during Ecolympics will last throughout the year resulting in more reductions! (Please see graph)

A graph that illustrates how proper timing will aid in the reduction of water and electricity.

  • Show first years that Oberlin cares about the environment right away and learn how to get involved from the beginning!
  • Better for the Oberlin community and public schools.

For additional information or to get involved, contact our office.