Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee reports to the President. Membership comprises representatives from academics, operations, and residence life. The Committee is chaired or co-chaired by a faculty member.

Student representation includes standing membership for the Associated Student Government Sustainability Chair, a member of the student organization Green Oxford, and an IES graduate program student, among others. Miami's Director of Sustainability is a standing member.

The Sustainability Committee seeks input from the following audiences:

  • Miami's Chief Investment and Treasury Officer
  • Oxford and regional community
  • Students, staff, and faculty
  • Alumni
  • Network of regional and state colleges and university sustainability committees and director


The Sustainability Committee met six times during the 2018-19 academic year, generally on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8 a.m. The first meeting focused on establishing the agenda for the year based on input from the new Director of Sustainability, and creating an updated vision for the Committee.

2018-2019 AY Sustainability Committee Co-Chairs

  • Helaine Alessio, chair and professor of kinesiology;
  • Suzanne Zazycki, MEn, JD, associate director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability;

Miami's Geothermal Heat Exchange Facility

The Geothermal Heat Exchange Facility invites visitors to look through its windows or to schedule a group tour.