Having just one of these remarkable great thinkers, writers, and activists with us would be an honor. So this is truly a rare event. Tonight they will discuss with Professor David Orr what progress environmentalism has made over the past 35 years, as well as specific aspects of their work.
As many of you know, Oberlin—college and town—have been working together in those areas and have made significant progress in recent years.
Our efforts center on the Oberlin Project, a joint effort of the city of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and private and institutional partners to improve the resilience, prosperity, and sustainability of our community.
The project, founded by David Orr, is one of four partners in the Clinton Climate Initiative to achieve worldwide status. Our goal it to transform our socioeconomically diverse town in the Rust Belt into a model of sustainable, zero-carbon economic development centered on education, the arts, and local agriculture, forestry and food production. Developing a 13-acre Green Arts District in downtown Oberlin at a platinum-LEED level is one of the project’s key initiatives.