Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.40
Liaison Adam Sizemore
Submission Date March 2, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Miami University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Susan Meikle
University News writer and editor
University Communications
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed Yes
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

Miami University has a new sustainability web site directly linked from Miami's website home page that consolidates information about institutional commitments and goals,
reporting, operational indicators; academics, co-curricular engagement and involvement of faculty, staff, students and administrators.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

There is a monthly Lean Initiatives Newsletter. Lean is a process to improve quality, responsiveness and productivity; one-third of Miami's projects are "green."
For example the Nov. 2015 newsletter highlighted a Lean project for "green" disposal or recycling of IT equipment, and another Lean project (Fleetcom) that focused on commuting, vehicle sharing and work schedule ideas.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

GreenHawks Media Twitter - promotes awareness of sustainability on campus (events, people, news); links also from the GreenHawksMedia.net, online student publication.


The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The main sustainability web site includes information on student research.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The new Armstrong Student Center (LEED Silver, pending) at Miami has a "Sustainability Wall" with information panels that describe the building's sustainable attributes.
There is also a touch screen kiosk located by the building's information desk that has information on the "green features" of the building.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

The on-campus market Market Street at MacCracken provides a growing selection of locally grown and produced food. Signage in the Market highlights the local vendors. There is also a "Local Vendor Day" fair where students can meet the vendors, try samples and learn about local foods and sustainability.

Several Dining Centers also provide meals prepared with locally grown food - information is provided on signage displayed on the wall menus (for example, locally grown organic beef is a menu option at the "Encounter" dining center; Bell Tower offers local pumpkin smoothies in season, and a poster on the counter highlights those.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

Four outdoor interpretative signs on Miami's Western campus provide information about new LEED construction, stormwater management, native landscaping and walking paths recently established on this section of campus. One sign focuses on the landscaping and stormwater management systems , which include retention ponds collect water that can be used for irrigation.

Outdoor signs have a QR code that users can activate on their smart phone to go load a web page that explains more.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

A "Bird's Eye View" walking map of Miami's recently renovated Western campus includes information on the Geothermal Heat Exchange Facility (separate tours of the facility may be arranged for groups); three new LEED (pending, silver) residence halls and a Dining Hall with a green roof and other sustainable features; grounds and landscaping, explaining how rainwater moves through campus; and also links to a separate map of a Tree Walk on campus.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

Information about Miami's transit system - Butler County Regional Transit Authority - is available on the Parking and Transportation Services website. Bus Routes are established on campus as well as between Miami's main campus in Oxford and its two regional campuses in the cities of Hamilton and Middletown.
Bus schedules are published and displayed at bus stops and on bulletin boards in the Student Center.
New this year is a phone App that can track a bus and let the user know how soon the bus will arrive a particular stop.

The Transportation website also provides registration for the Ride Pool with AlterNetRides.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Miami's Benefits and Wellness office, with Miami's Parking and Transportation Services and Police department, publish a "Miami on the Move" tri-fold information guide for bicyclists and pedestrians.
New signage on Miami's multi-use trails - wide sidewalk/paths for bicycles and pedestrians - and new signs for the on-road bike paths have been implemented with the creation of new bike lanes. Signage painted on the road clearly designates the bike paths.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Residence halls select an Eco Rep at the beginning of the year to promote sustainability practices in their residence hall. They help share information about recycling, composting, and other sustainability initiatives.
Also, the Director of Sustainability creates informational flyers for students moving into residence halls; as well as other "Green Message" flyers that are distributed and posted in residence halls during the year.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

The Miami Student newspaper, published twice a week and online, provides regular news coverage related to sustainability on campus through its Community News reporters. . Sustainability stories appear on average once every two weeks.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

Miami University has a sustainability Facebook page.


The website URL for this material (1st material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (2nd material):

Miami University has a sustainability Twitter feed.


The website URL for this material (2nd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (3rd material):

Miami's Dining Services website hosts a Blog, "The Miami Spread: Green" that highlights sustainability in the dining halls and in the city of Oxford.


The website URL for this material (3rd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (4th material):

The websites for the co-majors Energy Co-major; Environmental Co-major; and Sustainability Co-major, provide information on academic opportunities, internships, advising and other information related to sustainability in academics and research.


The website URL for this material (4th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (5th material):

The "Sustainability at Miami University: Triennial Highlights Report" is a published brochure that is distributed on campus and to various external stakeholders (alumni, etc.).

This is not posted online but may be requested through the sustainability website.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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