2012 Inaugural Annual Report by the Sustainability Committee

The 2012 report measured Miami University's success in achieving targets announced by President David Hodge in 2011. The inaugural report details efforts during Fiscal Year 2012 (the 2011-2012 academic year).

Read more about it in the October 9, 2012 news story: Sustainability Commitments and Goals - First anual report, "Commitment to sustainability is broadening and deepening."

The 2011 Sustainability Commitments and Goals focused on energy, classroom learning, campus culture, buildings and landscape, campus practices, transportation and investments/endowments.

Progress highlighted by the report

  • Miami continues to reduce its energy consumption and related emissions, part of utility planning that looks 50 years into the future;
  • investments in green building and geothermal heating/cooling are paying off in reduced energy costs and improved living and working environments
  • curricula related to sustainability are expanding across divisions;
  • students, faculty, and staff are engaging sustainability where they live and work;
  • ground work is being laid to reduce landfill waste through source reduction, better recycling, and the introduction of composting;
  • planned transportation and storm water improvements are improving campus quality of life and efficiency;
  • and investment and endowment decisions are becoming more publicly transparent.

Specific highlights

  • Towards compliance with Ohio House Bill 251, Miami has reduced its energy consumption 19.7% per gross square foot over the law's baseline year of FY 2004;
  • utility-related CO2 emissions at the Oxford campus were reduced 7.4% overall and 17% per gross square foot relative to a FY 2008 baseline year;
  • Miami is investing heavily in geothermal heating and cooling, and renovated Stoddard and Elliott Halls used 61% less energy compared to FY 2010;
  • the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) was reorganized to focus on sustainability, including a revised “Sustainability” co-major;
  • new "Eco-Reps" and "Sustainability Champions" programs were launched to engage students, faculty, and staff in greening where they live and work;
  • a year-long program of "Go Green @ Miami" activities engaged students from orientation onwards to build a campus culture of sustainability;
  • all new major building construction and renovation is now planned for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification;
  • simultaneous LEAN processes identified opportunities to reduce waste, including strategies for better recycling and organics composting;
  • Miami's Oxford campus has already met its goal of reducing water consumption to 2005 levels, and a master plan was approved to better manage storm water;
  • a Campus Circulation Master Plan was adopted emphasizing alternative transportation, and ridership on Miami Metro grew 9% in FY 2012;
  • investment and endowment decisions have become more publicly transparent;
  • and Miami University joined peer institutions in the Association of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS).

For the full 13-page report, contact Adam Sizemore or Susan Meikle.