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Student Organizations

Among the hundreds of student organizations at Miami, many are specifically devoted to sustainability, while others support sustainability projects through programming, fundraising and volunteer help.

The Sustainability Committee includes a member of the student organization Green Oxford and the Associated Student Government's Sustainability chair.

Student organizations primarily devoted to sustainability include the following:

  • Green Team—Led by the sustainability education coordinator and comprises student employees and volunteers
    • Helps promote recycling and composting on campus
    • Supports established programs in Physical Facilities and tests new ones, such as the Blue Bag Challenge in residence halls and Zero Waste Ambassadors at athletic events
    • Organized Miami's participation in the first "Kill the Cup" University Challenge, winning 1st place in the Waste Reduction Division
  • Net Impact of Miami University—Promotes the power of sustainable enterprise
  • Green Hawks Media —Online student media devoted to the environment, sustainability, and health
  • Green Oxford—Environmental organization, working groups on Food, Recycling, Water Conservation, and Green Screen (documentaries)
  • Engineers Without Borders—Designs and implements sustainable engineering projects in developing communities
    • Since 2010 has worked in Chaguarpamba, Ecuador, on a water development project; and in Muramba, Rwanda, on increasing the supply of potable water for a school and surrounding villages.

Residence Life

Every Residence Hall selects an "Eco Rep" to help promote sustainability practices through educational programming, contests and trash audits.

Undergraduate Research and Engagement

More than 2,000 Miami students work with faculty mentors on independent research each year, supported by Miami's Office of Research for Undergraduates. Sustainability-related projects range from climate change research in the Canadian Rockies to a partnership between Miami's Ecology Research Center and local school children for the annual Oxford Kinetics Festival.

Other examples of engagement include the following:

  • A team of Miami engineering students was one of 40 university teams nationwide that were each awarded a $15,000 grant in the U.S. EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition for their project, "Using Sand and Moringa Oleifera Protein for a Sustainable Water Filter."
  • Duke Energy/Center for Business Excellence (CBE) Inter-University Case Competition, which focuses on interdisciplinary energy solutions
  • CBE Beta Alpha Psi Sustainability Reporting Initiative—CBE Student Leaders work with members of the Beta Alpha Psi accounting honorary to help gather data for sustainability reporting.