Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.39
Liaison Olivia Herron
Submission Date March 6, 2013
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Miami University
PAE-5: Climate Action Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 David Prytherch
Associate Professor and Sustainability Coordinator
Department of Geography
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Does the institution have a plan to mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief summary of the climate plan’s long-term goals:

As part of the overall Miami University Sustainability Commitments and Goals, Miami's President has accepted the following recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
* Continued work to comply with Ohio House Bill 251’s goal of 20% reduction in energy consumption by 2014 based on 2004 baseline data.
* Overall greenhouse gas emissions reduction of at least 20% by 2020 over 2008 baseline data.
* Production or purchase of at least 17% of electrical power from renewable sources by 2020.
* Full displacement of coal as an on-campus energy source by 2025.

A brief summary of the climate plan’s short-term goals:

Miami is currently developing a detailed climate action plan, but in 2012 completed an Energy/Utility Master Plan to ensure compliance with the above long-term climate goals. This master plan includes a major investment in geothermal heating and cooling, which will supply 40% of campus square footage by 2025. The remainder of the campus will be supplied by natural-gas fired, combined heat and power. Implementation has begun with the drilling of a 330 well geothermal field on a portion of our campus, the first phase of the multi-year plan to eliminate coal-fired steam heating and reduce GHG emissions.

Year the climate plan was formally adopted or approved:

An indication of whether institution has made a commitment to reduce GHG emissions a specific amount by a target year:

List which emissions (scope 1, 2, and/or 3) are included in its GHG emissions commitment:
Global Perspectives on Sustainability Minor

The reduction level (percentage) institution has committed to:

The baseline year the institution used in its GHG emissions commitment:
June 30, 2008

The baseline emissions level institution used in its GHG emissions commitment:
gross carbon footprint of 128,916 MTeCO2

The target year the institution specified in its GHG emissions commitment :
June 30, 2020

The website URL where information about the climate plan is available:
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