Sustainability Committee Annual Reports

Miami's Commitment to Sustainability

Miami University is committed to sustainability in our academic programs, physical campus and operations, and university mission by promoting environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability for current and future generations.

The Miami University Sustainability Commitments and Goals (SCAG) were first established in 2010 with broad stakeholder input and later endorsed by former President Hodge.

Through concerted efforts in energy and infrastructure planning, changes to operations and practices, and the development and enhancement of academic programs, most of the 2010 goals had been met by 2015, and as such the University drafted a new set of goals in 2016.

Role of Sustainability Committee

While Miami University’s Sustainability Committee does not implement the SCAG, their role includes communicating with entities that implement these policies and programs, and also to report on progress in these areas.

Committee History

Since the last internal report (FY 2014) much has changed at Miami University in terms of sustainability oversight. The first Director of Sustainability retired in July 2016. 

During the 2016-17 academic year, the part-time Sustainability Coordinator served as the key sustainability liaison while a search for the new Director commenced.  The initial search failed to fill the position and a new search commenced during the 2017-18 academic year.

Also during that time, the Coordinator resigned, which left both positions vacant during the 2017-18 academic year.

Despite these vacancies, the Sustainability Committee, comprised of ~30 members including faculty, staff and students from across the University, continued to meet during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 years, focusing on making progress toward the SCAG and continuing to track efforts measured by STARS.

During both those years the committee was co-chaired by Tim Cameron, then Chair and Professor in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, and Suzanne Zazycki, Associate Director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability.

In July, 2018 Dr. Adam Sizemore began his tenure as Miami’s new Director of Sustainability. Adam Sizemore will serve on the committee, with the plan to serve as co- chair during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The 2018-2019 Sustainability Committee is chaired by Helaine Alessio, chair and professor of kinesiology, and Suzanne Zazycki. 

Additional Reports

For copies of reports for 2011 or 2013-2016, please contact Adam Sizemore.