Oberlin College

Oberlin College

Endowment Value: $1.09 billion (2021)

Oberlin College is both a private liberal arts college and a conservatory of music with a student body of approximately 3,000 located in Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin's board of trustees manages the endowment. 

The Office of Environmental Sustainability has been implementing programs throughout the campus and curriculum to achieve carbon neutrality and sustainability goals.  In order to engage students, staff members, and the surrounding community, Oberlin hosts an annual Ecolympics. The Ecolympics consists of several sustainability-oriented competitions.  Along with the competitions, the school hosts sustainability workshops, educational campaigns, and film sessions throughout the ceremonies. 

In 2013, the board of trustees allocated $5 million to establish the Impact Investment Platform (IIP) Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees Investment Committee to provide guidance to the Investment Committee on social and environmental issues. The IIP established an investment policy that would consider proposals submitted by any student, alum, or faculty for divestment from entities that contribute to activities that "shock the conscience.” Such parameters include instances of human suffering, natural calamity, and injury, and Oberlin currently conducts 100% negative screening within its portfolio based on these parameters.

Oberlin College is a participant or member of the following Initiatives & Commitments:  

  • AASHE STARS: Yes, Gold
  • ACUPCC: Yes, Carbon Neutral by 2025
  • Billion Dollar Green Challenge: No
  • CDP: No
  • Committee for Investor Responsibility: No
  • Divestment Goal: Yes
  • INCR: No
  • Montreal Carbon Pledge: No
  • Sustainable Investment Fund: Yes, Impact Investing Platform (IPP)
  • Sustainable Investment Policy: Yes
  • Principles for Responsible Investment: No

Other Sustainable Investing Practices:


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