Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.40
Liaison Adam Sizemore
Submission Date March 2, 2016
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Miami University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.17 / 4.00 Yvette Kline
Dir. Sustainability & Energy Conservation
Physical Facilities
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes No
Research (or other scholarship) Yes No
Campus Engagement Yes No
Public Engagement No No
Air and Climate Yes No
Buildings Yes No
Dining Services/Food Yes No
Energy Yes No
Grounds Yes No
Purchasing Yes No
Transportation Yes No
Waste Yes No
Water Yes No
Diversity and Affordability No ---
Health, Wellbeing and Work No ---
Investment Yes No
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

2010 SCAG Commitment 2: A curriculum that engages students and every faculty member in sustainability issues reaching across all disciplines. The plan includes enhancing programmatic options, developing three sustainability co-majors, and encouraging students to take at least one course that addresses environmental sustainability issues.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

2010 SCAG Commitment 2: A curriculum that engages students and every faculty member in sustainability issues reaching across all disciplines. The plan states that the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability will bring together graduate and undergraduate programs, research and outreach activities, taking the lead in exploring new opportunities for the entire university community to collaboratively engage in sustainability.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

2010 SCAG Commitment 3: A culture in which the entire community shares and coordinates in sustainability-related challenges, opportunities, efforts and accomplishments. The plan involves: 1) motivating and rewarding individual members of the Miami family for building sustainability behaviors into their everyday actions. 2) communicating the importance of sustainability to all members of the campus, from orientation through veteran staffers. 3) modifying existing systems to better facilitate recycling and active transportation. 4) promoting sustainability activities and events.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

2010 SCAG Commitment 1: Campuses that emit significantly less carbon in pursuit of carbon neutrality, through energy management, efficiency, awareness, and investments in renewable sources. The plan includes development of a detailed Carbon Action Plan, and the end to burning coal for on-campus steam production by 2025.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

2010 SCAG Commitment 4: Planning and growth that emphasize sustainability in our built and natural environments. The plan calls for all new buildings and major renovations to be designed and constructed to meet a minimum of LEED Silver.
2010 SCAG Commitment 5: Miami must reinforce its mission through responsible purchasing, operations, and waste reduction strategies. The plan includes consideration of toxicity, product life and utility consumption in purchasing and operational decisions.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

2010 SCAG Commitment 5: Miami must reinforce its mission through responsible purchasing, operations, and waste reduction strategies. The plan includes procurement of local food whenever financially and practically feasible and composting of food waste.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

2010 SCAG Commitment 1: Campuses that emit significantly less carbon in pursuit of carbon neutrality, through energy management, efficiency, awareness, and investments in renewable sources. The plan calls for a 20% reduction in energy consumption per square foot between 2004 and 2014 (achieved). Production or purchase of renewable electricity to result in a significant shift to renewable sources over the next decade.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

2010 SCAG Commitment 4: Planning and growth that emphasize sustainability in our built and natural environments. The plan calls for a landscape that maximizes native landscaping, reducing our carbon footprint, promoting ecological diversity, reducing runoff and promoting aquifer recharge, while supporting opportunities for outdoor learning.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:

2010 SCAG Commitment 5: Miami must reinforce its mission through responsible purchasing, operations, and waste reduction strategies. The plan calls on Purchasing to promote green purchasing by making information about sustainability a standard feature in the e-procurement system, on-line catalogs, and other shared information. Factors, such as recyclable materials, toxicity, durability, utility consumption, disposal, and packaging are to be considered. Energy Star rated equipment and appliances are called for whenever available.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

2010 SCAG Commitment 6: A transportation system that prioritizes walking, biking, and public transport for on-campus and short distance travel, and offers commuters viable alternatives to driving alone. The plan includes the development of a circulation master plan and phased implementation of bike amenities, including a network of lanes coordinated with the City of Oxford. It also includes parking permitting and pricing policies that discourage unnecessary vehicular travel, especially on central campus. It calls for the pursuit of options (such as more efficient and expanded bus transit) for students to arrive on campus without cars.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

2010 SCAG Commitment 5: Miami must reinforce its mission through responsible purchasing, operations, and waste reduction strategies. The plan calls for reenergizing and expanding Miami's recycling program to divert the majority of solid waste from landfill by 2017. Composting of food and yard waste, and horse manure/bedding are called for, as is a university wide e-waste program.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

2010 SCAG Commitment 5: Miami must reinforce its mission through responsible purchasing, operations, and waste reduction strategies. The plan calls for the development of a strategy to achieve 2005 water consumption levels by 2015.


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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:

2010 SCAG Commitment 7: An institution whose financial transparency and investing reflect the highest aspirations of our mission as a public university. The plan calls for both the university and its foundation to provide more transparency and social responsibility to investment decisions. External managers, mutual funds and equity holdings are to be made available online to the university community, with additional information available to trustees, and others upon request. Broad guidance is to be provided to investment managers to ensure that investment and proxy voting decisions reflect our values, within the context of their fiduciary responsibilities.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Miami University is committed to sustainability in our academic programs, physical campus and operations, and university mission by promoting environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability for current and future generations.


Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

The Sustainability Committee updated Miami's Sustainability Commitments and Goals (SCAG) in 2015, and is preparing the document for formal approval. The 2010 SCAG remains in effect until the 2015 SCAG is formally approved.

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