Office of Environmental Sustainability

Oberlin Ecolympics

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

Read more about this year's Ecolympics [wrap-up article].

ecolympics scavenger hunt squirrel with magnifying glass searching for clues

Oberlin Ecolympics happened a little differently this year! It is now in the fall. The competition changed from a water and electricity conservation competition between buildings to a sustainability-related scavenger hunt around the Oberlin College campus. You don't have to live in a dorm, you don't even have to be a student to participate! The competition allows anyone in town, whether or not they’re affiliated with the College, to participate and compete for prizes! 

The community event series continued to include a variety of events aimed at educating and integrating larger conversations on sustainability into the Oberlin community. There were 15 events, such as film screenings, guest speakers, trivia, crafts, and more! All events are free & open to the public.

Scavenger Hunt

The scavenger hunt lead participants across the college campus in search of informational stations to learn about sustainability efforts.

Feel free to email us if you have any questions.

Ecolympics is an annual community competition and event series. 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! The competition is designed to engage participants in a friendly competition to learn about sustainability at Oberlin College campus and encourage them to engage in sustainability-related action at personal, local, regional, and global scales.

Holding Ecolympics near the beginning of the school year creates momentum for sustainability-related learning and action to continue on throughout the rest of the year, making a higher net impact than if Ecolympics happened near the end of the school year. Starting early in the semester sets the tone for the rest of the year! Also, due to spring testing requirements, fall is a better time for the Oberlin public schools participation.

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