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On Sept. 22, 2020, Miami University President Gregory Crawford signed Second Nature’s PCLC Climate Commitment. Miami is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving carbon neutrality as soon as possible; and will focus on climate adaptation and community capacity building to deal with a changing climate. 

The Miami University Climate Action Task Force is charged with creating a Climate Action Plan and determining the target date to reach carbon neutrality for Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. 

  • Scope 1: Emissions directly produced on campus (natural gas, fuel/vehicle fleet)
  • Scope 2: Emissions from purchased electricity 
  • Scope 3: Emissions from commuting (students, staff and faculty) and university-sponsored air travel. 

For the Climate Commitment, future reductions in Scope 1, 2, and 3 carbon emissions on the Oxford campus will be compared to the baseline year 2021.

  • Baseline: Miami’s 2021 Carbon Footprint,  86,572.39 MTCO2e 
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Miami’s Oxford’s campus was not fully open from spring 2020 through summer 2021.  The 2021 baseline reflects FY 2019 data, since that is the most recent full year of data. 

We will also continue to track reduction progress on natural gas and purchased electricity (energy-based emissions) from a FY 2008 baseline.

Glossary

MTCO2e:  Metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. The unit "CO2e" represents an amount of a greenhouse gas (GHG) whose atmospheric impact has been standardized to that of one unit mass of carbon dioxide (CO2), based on the global warming potential (GWP) of the gas.

kBtu: kilo (thousand) British Thermal Units, a common unit of energy measurement.

GSF: Gross square feet

Kilowatt-hour (kWh): A kilowatt-hour is a composite unit of energy equal to one kilowatt (kW) of power sustained for one hour. Commonly used a billing unit for energy delivered to consumers by electric utilities.

MMBTU:  MMBtu stands for Metric Million British Thermal Unit, a unit traditionally used to measure heat content or energy value. It is widely associated with the measurement of natural gas.