Sustainability Commitments & Goals (SCAG) 2011

Endorsed by President Hodge, Miami University's Sustainability Commitments & Goals (SCAG) were developed in 2010 with broad stakeholder input.

The Sustainability Committee ensures institutional focus remains on the goals, and tracks and reports progress.

2010 SCAG

The 2010 SCAG called for the following:

  • Reduction of 20% in carbon emissions by 2020 relative to 2008 baseline.
  • Increased emphasis on sustainability across the curriculum
  • Improved culture and awareness of campus sustainability
  • Greater sustainability in buildings and landscaping through the adoption of green-building standards and best management practices
  • More efficient and sustainable practices in purchasing, operations, and waste management
  • Transportation system that prioritizes walking, biking, public transportation, and shared commuting
  • Socially and environmentally responsible investments and endowments

Progress in 2015: Carbon Footprint and Projections

The following chart was prepared as part of the Physical Facilities Department’s (PFD) institutional assessment and shows an approximate 13% carbon footprint reduction from 2008 to 2015.

Projections were based on continued efficiency improvements and the master plan to stop burning coal by 2025. Other reduction schemes, including on-site renewable electricity, are also shown.

Key Features

  1. PFD provided a 2013 institutional assessment of the FY2012 footprint.
  2. 2010 SCAG called for a 20% reduction per square foot (from a baseline of 2008 levels by 2020). Per the Utility Master Plan (UMP), this assumes a 17.3% increase in square footage.
  3. 2010 SCAG also mentions a straight 20% reduction by 2020 (relative to 2008) not linked to the square footage.
  4. 2010 SCAG calls for a 50% reduction per square foot (2008-2030). This assumes a 17.2% increase in square footage.

Chart of Carbon Footprint and Projections. See page text for summary and key features.