Climate Action Champions: Oberlin, OH

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Oberlin, Ohio, is a small town south of Lake Erie with a nationally significant history. It is home to Oberlin College, a liberal arts college and music conservatory. | Photo courtesy of the City of Oberlin.

Oberlin, Ohio, is a small town south of Lake Erie with a nationally significant history. It is home to Oberlin College, a liberal arts college and music conservatory. | Photo courtesy of the City of Oberlin.

Climate Action Progress and Plans

For nearly 15 years, the City of Oberlin has focused on the significant challenges that climate change poses to equity, social justice, food security, and energy security, and it has taken bold steps to lead by example to mitigate them. This is manifest in its commitments, including a partnership between the City and Oberlin College to transition the community to a post-carbon economy; Oberlin’s participation in the C40 Climate Positive Development Program; and Oberlin’s Climate Action Plan. This plan commits the City to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in the community by 50 percent beginning in 2015, 75 percent by 2030, and beyond 100 percent by 2050, compared to 2007 baseline data.

The City of Oberlin owns its electric system and plans to shift the composition of its power supply to achieve an 86 percent carbon-neutral portfolio of energy sources by the end of 2016. Furthermore, the City plans to continue to promote energy efficiency, support electric vehicle infrastructure, and divert over 90 percent of waste from landfills and incineration by 2050.

For more information, see the City of Oberlin website.