Last spring Oberlin students competed in the Ecolympics to reduce their energy use and waste. Even in the Ecolympics off-season, they stay at it. Last fall eight students secured university funding for a new themed residence dedicated to green, energy-efficient living.
Energy: Although half of the school's energy comes from a local utility that relies primarily on coal, the campus now sources the other 50 percent from renewables.
Transportation: No free public transit; isolated location encourages students to use cars.
If you go Take a class with David Orr, a Lyndhurst Prize winner best known for promoting environmental literacy in higher education.
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