Upper pond, surrounded by Beechwood Hall and flowers

 President Crawford to sign Second Nature's PCLC: Climate Commitment

Join us Sept. 22 for a ceremony at the Uptown Parks

President Greg Crawford will sign Second Nature’s Climate Commitment, the most comprehensive of its Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments (PCLC). 

Miami’s Oxford campus will join more than 350 other colleges and universities committing to achieving carbon neutrality and addressing climate change resilience.

This action, recommended by the Miami University Sustainability Committee, strengthens the progress Miami has made and continue to make toward carbon neutrality  

Climate Action Task Force

President Crawford recently announced the appointment of the task force co-chairs, Jonathan Levy, director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability and associate professor of geology and environmental earth science, and Adam Sizemore, director of sustainability. 

Levy and Sizemore have created a Climate Action Task Force structure and have begun appointing Miami faculty, staff and students to the task force executive steering committee. The members of the executive steering committee will form subcommittees with representation from faculty, staff and students in 12 focus areas.

The task force is charged to work collaboratively with the campus community to:

  • Create a Climate Action Plan by May 2023. This plan will set a date by which Miami will commit to achieving carbon neutrality for the Oxford campus and detail our institutional approach to achieving that goal.
  • Develop a Climate Resiliency Assessment and Plan by May 2022.

Beyond reaching carbon neutrality, the Climate Commitment includes addressing social equity and governance, health and wellness, and economics, Levy and Sizemore said.

Miami is already a leader among universities nationwide in sustainability efforts. "Given the global, existential threat of climate change to human, economic and ecosystem health, we must take the next step including joining other universities, companies and even countries in committing to carbon neutrality,” Crawford said.

Updates will be posted on this website and on Miami University Sustainability social media.

♺ Recycling Tips

Miami's recycling and solid waste reduction efforts have come a long way since becoming part of campus operations in 1989. But what can be tossed into those blue recycle bins around campus?

Recyclable Items

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. This commitment is a collaborative effort that involves students, faculty, staff and external partners.

Miami's various sustainability stakeholders include, but are not limited to, current and future students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, suppliers, contractors, residents of the communities in which we operate, and those who live both within and beyond the boundaries of the state.

Contact us at Sustainability@MiamiOH.edu.

Battery Disposal

Battery collection bins are conveniently located in King Library, Shriver Center, and the Rec Center. To begin recycling batteries in your building, submit a service request to Physical Facilities.

Request Battery Disposal

Sustainability Partnerships

Colorful flowers and grasses surround the stormwater management pond on Western campus


MU-Lean is a method of organizing human activities to deliver more benefits and value to customers while systematically eliminating waste within processes.

Lean at Miami

Physical Facilities (PFD)

Physical Facilities (PFD) creates a more sustainable and green campus through proper waste management, energy conservation, and responsible construction practices.

PFD Initiatives

Recognition and Honors

332 Green Colleges, The Princeton Review, 2014 Edition

Noted for a walkable campus, new bike paths, expanded transit, a major shift to geothermal heating and cooling, a comprehensive storm water master plan and a commitment to the purchase of local/organic food, Miami was included in the Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges for 2018.