Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.96
Liaison Adam Sizemore
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Miami University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kelsey Forren
Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Facilities Department
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

Miami University has a sustainability website specific to information about the institution’s sustainability efforts. The website can be accessed from “About Miami” on the University’s homepage. The sustainability website covers various topics, like our sustainability mission, commitment and goals, methods of reporting, sustainability operational indicators, academics, co-curricular engagement, and information about the University’s sustainability committee. The website also contains contact information for the Director of Sustainability for those who are interested in learning more about the institution's efforts.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

There is a monthly Lean Initiatives Newsletter. Lean is a process to improve quality, responsiveness, and productivity; many of Miami’s Lean projects are “Go Green”. Lean Initiatives Newsletter often highlights “Go Green” projects to the entire campus population.

Miami University also utilizes Campus News to promote sustainability stories and efforts across campus.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

The Department of Sustainability at Miami University has a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account used to promote sustainability and inform the campus about efforts/upcoming events.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

GreenHawks Media is a University newspaper specific to sustainability. The newspaper is electronic and employs students as the main authors. This electronic platform promotes awareness of sustainability on campus (events, people, news), while also promoting national sustainability news stories.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Yes, the main sustainability web site includes information on student research.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

In all LEED-certified buildings, Miami Univesity has displayed LEED signage to indicate its certification. In the Armstrong Student Center (LEED Silver) a "Sustainability Wall" with information panels that describe the building's sustainable attributes, as well as basic information about sustainability is present.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Several Dining Centers also provide meals prepared with locally grown food - information is provided on signage displayed on the wall menus.

The Institute for Food Farm also has a CSA where Miami students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join. During seasonal times, The Institute for Food promotes the CSA around campus by educating individuals on sustainable food systems.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

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 the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Yes, 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:
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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable 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. A phone App that tracks bus routes in real time that lets the user know how soon the bus will arrive a particular stop is also available.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

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. 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.

Miami University is also a member of the League of American Bicyclists and promotes this membership through various outlets around campus.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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The website URL for these materials or publications:
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