Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.40
Liaison Adam Sizemore
Submission Date March 2, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Miami University
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Yvette Kline
Dir. Sustainability & Energy Conservation
Physical Facilities
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Interpretive Signage Mounting Method

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

Sometimes advancing sustainability requires an innovative solution to an unusual circumstance. Taking great pride in the appearance of the campus landscape, Miami University is sensitive to the numbers, locations and styles of outdoor signage. Indeed, campus planners had just commissioned an effort to update outdoor signage standards as a major portion of Western Campus came back online, sporting many new green features.
Without signage standards, the Sustainability office faced a tough challenge -- finding a signage mounting method that would allow us to deploy interpretive signs that looked permanent, but could easily be removed or relocated without damage or disruption to the landscape. Miami provided a concept design of a sign mount that clamped around our new LED lampposts. Using the existing light from the lamp itself, the signs can be read at night as well as day. Fabricated by Pannier, the new mounts provided a polished and permanent look for our interpretive signs, while allowing them to be easily relocated. The ability to easily relocate and change the content facilitates student content creation, thereby enhancing the campus as a living laboratory.
Visitors to campus have asked about the mounting method, and one of Miami’s interior designers commented:
I really appreciate the custom/flexible nature of the signs. It’s genius to have them work with the light poles!

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The QR code allows us to track the number of times and when they have been used. To date, the number of unique hits is 71, with the "hydrology" sign drawing the most attention. A tapering of interest is a good indicator that it is time to relocate the frames to another part of campus (with new content inserted).

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
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Campus Engagement Yes
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Air & Climate ---
Buildings ---
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Grounds Yes
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Waste ---
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Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
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Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

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