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Oberlin College Recognized for Sustainability Initiatives that go Above and Beyond

November 23, 2021

Scott Wargo

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Oberlin College has been named a  2021 Excellence in Energy Award winner by NRG Energy, Inc. for the significant impact of its sustainability initiatives that achieve notable environmental and social benefits.


OBERLIN, OHIO -- Oberlin College has been named a  2021 Excellence in Energy Award winner by NRG Energy, Inc. Oberlin was recognized for the significant impact of its sustainability initiatives that go above and beyond standard sustainability practices to achieve notable environmental and social benefits.

“Sustainability is embedded throughout our entire culture at Oberlin College,” said Meghan Riesterer, assistant vice president for campus energy and sustainability. “Oberlin College signed the Carbon Commitment and set a deadline to get to carbon neutrality by 2025. This past summer we took a really important step towards getting to carbon neutrality when we launched a $140 million, four-year campus-wide conversion to geothermal heating and cooling that will position the institution as a national leader in the clean energy space.”

The Excellence in Energy Awards recognize NRG customers who demonstrate a strong commitment to the planning and achievement of their environmental and community goals. Through the annual celebration of these awards, NRG is shining a spotlight on successes and milestones that are shaping a better future through energy.

“Our customers motivate us every day at NRG,” said Robert Gaudette, senior vice president of NRG Energy, Inc. “We want to honor them for their passion to drive positive change by optimizing their energy solutions and giving back to the community. These awards are about celebrating how organizations can lead the way by taking responsibility for their energy future to benefit their operations and their communities.”

About NRG

At NRG, we’re bringing the power of energy to people and organizations by putting customers at the center of everything we do. We generate electricity and provide energy solutions and natural gas to millions of customers through our diverse portfolio of retail brands. A Fortune 500 company, operating in the United States and Canada, NRG delivers innovative solutions while advocating for competitive energy markets and customer choice, working towards a sustainable energy future. More information is available at

About Oberlin College and Conservatory 

Ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts schools, Oberlin College is known for its exemplary academic and musical pedagogy and its commitment to social justice, sustainability, and creative entrepreneurship. The college, founded in 1833, holds a distinguished place among American colleges and universities as the first to grant bachelor's degrees to women in a coeducational environment and was a leader in the education of African Americans. The Conservatory of Music, a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, was founded in 1865, making it the oldest continuously operating conservatory in the United States.


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