Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly (POWER), founded in 2008, is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) grassroots environmental justice organization whose mission is to increase the energy efficiency of homes, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and churches in Oberlin, Ohio and the surrounding area.
Creating a community of comfortable, affordable, and healthy homes.
POWER has helped over 400 homeowners weatherize and repair their homes to make them comfortable, affordable, and healthy.
POWER seeks to:
Make low-income individuals more financially secure in the face of rising utility costs
Improve the quality of life for Oberlin residents by creating a more comfortable home
Reduce the amount of pollution and CO2 emitted by Oberlin housing and businesses
“I thought financially I could not keep my home because the gas bills were so high … My latest gas bill was … less than half of what I was paying before, and I have been able to keep my home.”
- Owner of an insulated home in Oberlin
POWER Board of Directors
Rebecca is an Oberlin resident passionate about social justice and the environment. She is a mother to four homeschooled children, member of the city's RCRC Commission, and of the First Church Green Team. Rebecca is a fiber artist, and enjoys hiking and learning new languages.
Dr. Jeanne McKibben is retired from the healing art of medicine, now dedicated to healing our world. Jeanne previously served as liaison to POWER from the Zion CDC board. She also serves as OHC honorary trustee, member of Oberlin public library, the Green team at First Church and has solar panels on her roof.