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Environment - Oberlin College

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Service  |  Academic Work  |  Education & Training  |  Capacity Building  |  Deliberative Democracy 


 Sub-categories in this issue

  • Green Jobs
  • Food Access
  • Carbon Emissions
  • Energy


Types of Service   short-term  |  ongoing school year  |  summer



Academic Work   courses  |  service-learning  |  CBR and policy research   |  departments and institutes


Regular Courses containing integrated option for direct service or community-based research:


  • ENVS 208 - Environmental Policy

  • ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 320 - Energy and Society
  • ENVS 490 - Introduction to the Black River Watershed

    Credits (Range): 2 hours

    An interdisciplinary examination of the local Black River Watershed, through a combination of lectures, field trips, and discussions. Principles of place-based, interdisciplinary watershed education will be introduced, and students will work with a teacher in the local public schools.


  • ENVS 491 - Practicum in Environmental Education

    Credits (Range): 1-2 hours

    Students will apply what they learned in ENVS 490 by working intensively with a selected teacher in one of the local schools to develop curricula centered on the local watershed. Students will continue to learn about the dynamics of the Black River Watershed as they gain first-hand teaching experience. Discussion group format.


Occasional Courses (offered by an adjunct professor) integrating direct service or community-based research:


  • ENVS 293 - Practicum in Contemporary Agrarianism

    Credits (Range): 3 hours

    This course exemplifies Oberlin's tradition of Learning and Labor through an intergrated study of contemporary agrarianism and its application to Oberlin's own farm and local food system. This course links classical agrarian perspective with modern efforts to re-invigorate local food systems through urban agruiculture, regional food systems, and ecological farm design.


  • ENVS 292 - Practicum in Agro-Ecology

    Credits (Range): 3 hours

    The fild of agro-ecology considers the sustainablity of our food system by applying an ecological framework to the production of food. Agro-ecology is inherently interdisciplinary and considers the intergration of farm ecosystems with broader food systems. This couse will utilize the Jones Farm as a focal point for understanding the intersection between local ecology, farm systems, and broader food systems.





Education & Training   forums  |  workshops  |  reflection activities



Campus and Organizational Capacity-Building   training  |  fundraising  |  resource development

  • Ohio PIRG -
  • Oberlin Gardening Resource Outreach Workers (OGROW) -
  • Green Edge Fund -
  • Seed House -
  • Low Carbon Diet Day-For Earth Day 2009 Oberlin's Department of Residential Education encouraged students to look at the impact their food choices had on the environment.



Research, Policy Analysis, Deliberative Democracy   evaluations  |  policy research  | issue forums  |  advocacy

  • Read Food Policy Briefs for Cleveland / Cuyahoga County, the next county East of ours (Under Cleveland) here
  • Plans are underway to create a Local Food Policy Council for Lorain County (In Process)
  • Clean Ohio Fund-restores, protects, and connects Ohio's important natural and urban places by preserving green space and farmland, improving outdoor recreation, and by cleaning up brownfields to encourage redevelopment and revitalize communities.


Contacts   staff  |  faculty  |  students  |  community partners (local, regional, national)


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