Miami expanding commitment to sustainability

illustration of geothermal lakes on Miami's western campus
Taking the next steps

Miami’s expanding
commitment to sustainability

Miami’s sustainable future -
carbon neutrality and beyond

Miami University has spent more than a decade on the path to carbon neutrality by transforming energy use on the Oxford campus. In September 2020, Miami signed the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments (PCLC) - Climate Commitment as a leader in environmental stewardship and campus sustainability. Moving forward, Miami will expand the conversation to long-term climate action and community partnerships that are the path to a sustainable future.

Since 2008, Miami has invested at least $33 million in campus energy transformation, with another $60 million investment planned. Future initiatives include a sustainability literacy module for students, a transportation hub with Oxford and the Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA), and updated institutional commitments and success metrics.

The momentum has spread to dozens of student-led initiatives, including EcoReps, a student-led group advocating for sustainability on campus.

“Miami has a lot of potential for improving all kinds of sustainability,” said Allison South, the 2021 senior from Westerville who is president of EcoReps. “We have had students active in residence halls and in their communities, and it grows that grass-roots support.”

Dr. Renate and President Greg Crawford holding the signed document.
President Gregory Crawford and Renate Crawford holding the signed PCLC.

Key environmental achievements

  • 51% reduction in energy-based carbon emissions per gross square foot, 2008-2019
  • Miami received its first STARS Gold rating in May 2019 in recognition of sustainability achievements.
  • Miami committed to the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments in July 2020.
  • 29 Gold or Silver LEED-certified buildings