With a rich history of social and civil rights leadership beginning with its founding, the Oberlin community’s identity as a leader has emerged again in the context of another generation-defining challenge: Climate change.

The City of Oberlin is committed to reducing community wide greenhouse gas emissions below zero, while striving to balance the environmental social and economic interests of the Oberlin community. The City developed and adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2011. The 2011 plan set systematic goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in 2015, 75% by 2030 and below 100% by 2050.

The Climate Action Committee (CAC), a community-based group created by City Council, developed the initial plan and subsequent committees have worked to update the plan. The latest update was completed and adopted by council in June 2019.

Sustainability Coordinator
Linda Arbogast

The Office of Sustainability is tasked with implementing the Climate Action Plan of the City of Oberlin. There are a variety of ways that the city and the community are working together towards this ambitious goal: