Ecolympics 2017 Torch Relay Press Release


The Environmental Dashboard in collaboration with Oberlin City Schools and community partners will be conducting a second annual Ecolympics torch relay event on the 21st of April at 1 pm. Every year for the last three years, all four public schools in Oberlin have competed to conserve the most electricity and water within a two week period.


Organized for the first time last school year, the Ecolympics torch relay event sets the stage for a kickoff event for the competition and creates an avenue for collaboration between Oberlin City Schools, the City of Oberlin​ and Oberlin College. Students will carry a torch while chanting sustainable messages at the top of their voices. The students will then proudly hand off the torch from one school to another.


The relay route this year will involve students from Oberlin High School, Langston Middle School, Prospect Elementary, Eastwood Elementary, and community members are welcome to join us. The event will start at 1:00 pm from Prospect Elementary (36 S Prospect Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074) with placards and donning Ecolympics paraphernalia. Their route will take them through the college's Wilder bowl, then through Tappan Square to the newly constructed Oberlin Gateway Hotel where the kids from Eastwood Elementary will be waiting to receive the torch.


This year all roads will lead to the Oberlin Gateway Hotel which will serve as our finishing point. Completed in May of 2016, the Oberlin Gateway Hotel highlights many eco-friendly sustainable features in its architectural design. The Gateway Hotel will share some of their groundbreaking features to the students, community members, and families.


We encourage school, college and community organizations interested in taking this walk with us to join us at Prospect Elementary school at 1 pm on Friday, April 21st signing up here. The deadline to reach out and state interest is at midnight Thursday, April 20th. This is an excellent opportunity to hang out with kids from the schools and partake in this event in preparation for Earth Day which is on April 22nd! We expect clear sunny weather. For questions please contact Augustus Arthur from the Environmental Dashboard at aarthur@oberlin.edu.