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An aging rust belt town becomes a laboratory for sustainability via @grist

An aging rust belt town becomes a laboratory for sustainability via @grist

Environmental Studies professor David Orr Photo: Lisa DeJong This story is the first of two pieces excerpted from a feature story in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read the full story here . Oberlin, Ohio -- This northern Ohio college town is barely a blip on a map, far away from national centers of power. And yet people here are working on a plan that could make it a model for fundamentally reshaping the American economy and its society. The architect of the plan is David W. Orr, a professor of environmental studies and politics at Oberlin College. More than a decade ago, he helped inspire a "green building" trend when he dreamed up the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, which remains one of the greenest college buildings in the country. Now he wants to expand that vision to Oberlin and its surrounding area. The Oberlin Project, as it's called, joins ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-11-10-the-oberlin-projec...

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