Upper pond, surrounded by Beechwood Hall and flowers

 Students: Opportunity to help shape Miami's Climate Action Plan

Oct. 2020

Climate Action Task Force seeking student representative: Apply by Oct. 18

Miami’s new Climate Action Task Force (CATF) executive steering committee is seeking students interested in sustainability and climate change to apply for the position of CATF Student Representative.

Applications submitted will be reviewed by CATF co-chairs Adam Sizemore, director of sustainability, and Jonathan Levy, director of the Institute of Environment and Sustainability.

Appointment Expectations: 

  • Provide assistance, guidance and recommendations to CATF co-chairs and executive steering committee members. 
  • Communicate CATF progress with the student body and campus stakeholders.
  • Attend CATF meetings.
  • Sustained, voluntary commitment for ongoing and sometimes complex work. 
  • Work with each member of the CATF Executive Steering Committee to search, recommend and appoint at least one student to each subcommittee.

The Student Representative should have an understanding of Second Nature's President’s Climate Leadership Commitments (PCLC) requirements and expectations. These requirement will guide the CATF in forming a Climate Action Plan.

Questions? Contact Sizemore at sizemod3@miamioh.edu or Levy at levyj@miamioh.edu. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.

Formstack Application 


Sept. 2020 

Thank you!

Crawford signs documentThank you to Miami President Greg Crawford, Second Nature's President Tim Carter, Oxford mayor Mike Smith and assistant city manager Jessica Greene; members of Miami’s new Climate Action Task Force; and nearly 100 attendees: The Autumnal Equinox (Sept. 22) signing of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments (PCLC) was a memorable event! (link to Zoom recording posted soon).

Climate Commitment = Carbon + Resilience

Miami has joined more than 400 other colleges and universities that have signed Second Nature’s  PCLC commitment to carbon neutrality and will join the 111 schools that have also committed to resilience through the climate commitment.

Next steps: Complete resilience assessment in 2022; Climate Action Plan in 2023.

The PCLC timeline starts upon signing the commitments. Miami has already met the first step of creating a Climate Action Task Force. Major steps are:

  • Within 2 years: Complete a Campus-Community Resilience Assessment (by September 2022).
  • Within 3 years: Develop comprehensive Climate Action Plan and set a target for achieving carbon neutrality (by September 2023).

♺ 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.