Miami commits to carbon neutrality and climate resilience: Virtual PCLC signing ceremony Sept. 22

By Susan Meikle, university news and communications

Jpclc-climate-badgeoin Miami University President Greg Crawford as he signs the Second Nature's Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments (PCLC) Climate Commitment in a virtual ceremony at noon Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Second Nature president Tim Carter, members of Miami's new Climate Action Task Force executive steering committee, the office of sustainability, and Oxford Mayor Mike Smith will give brief remarks during the ceremony.

Climate Commitment = Carbon + Resilience

Miami will join 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.

Climate Commitment: The most comprehensive of the commitments, Climate combines the Resilience and Carbon commitments.  

  • Resilience Commitment: Committing to adapt to the impacts of climate change through campus/community engagement.
  • Carbon Commitment: Committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality as soon as possible.

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

shideler-globeThe 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).

Read more about Miami's work toward carbon neutrality at the Sustainability at Miami website.