Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.96
Liaison Cody Powell
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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Miami University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Adam Sizemore
Director of Sustainability
Physical Facilities Department
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Miami University Sustainability Committee promotes environmentally, socially and economically sustainable practices at Miami University that improve human and environmental health and well-being. It fosters collaboration among Miami stakeholders to identify and communicate about campus-wide sustainability projects ensures continued institutional focus, and tracks and reports progress towards meeting Miami’s Sustainability Commitments and Goals.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Co-Chair: Suzanne Zazycki, Associate Director, IES
Co-Chair: Helaine Alessio, Professor, and Chair of Kinesiology
Adam Sizemore, Director of Sustainability
Kelsey Forren, Sustainability Coordinator
David Beitz, Manager, Data Operations, IT Services
Jeffrey Johnson, Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Kristina Rotundo, Director of Catering, HDBRS
Mary Rogero, Associate Professor, Architecture & ID
Ryan Snyder. Student
Timothy Cameron, Professor Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering T
Leanne May, Student, FSB
Robert Abowitz, Associate Director, Residence Life
Benjamin Spilman, Police Captain, Director Parking and Transportation Services
Brian Ballou, Ernst & Young Professor of Accountancy
Cody Powell, Associate VP Facility Planning and Operations
Douglas Meikle, Professor of Biology
Jonathan Levy, Director IES and Professor of Biology
Lindsay Carpenter, Assistant Provost of Budget and Analytics
Susan Meikle, UCM/News, and Communications
Claire Stoll, Senior, EcoRep
Amy (Stander) Cooper, OARS
Shannon Pressler, Student, Green Oxford
Brian Grubb - Manager, the Conservatory at Hamilton
Brent Leishman - Strategic Procurement Officer
Molly O'Donnell, Student, ASG Sustainability Rep
Allyson Heitger, Student Fellow, CBL
Andrea Bakker, Associate Director, Institutional Research

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Miami University’s sustainability office is located within the Physical Facilities Department (PFD) and reports to the Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning and Operations. The office contains a Director of Sustainability and a Sustainability Coordinator.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Suzanne Zazycki, Co-Chair of the University Sustainability Committee; Dr. Helaine Alessio, Co-Chair of the University Sustainability Committee; Dr. Adam Sizemore, Director of Sustainability; Kelsey Forren, Sustainability Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Miami University coordinates sustainability across the entire institution through the Sustainability Commitment and Goals (SCAG). These six sustainability goals foster collaborative efforts across students, staff, and faculty, a process directed by the sustainability office. Miami University’s Sustainability Committee does not implement the SCAG but helps communicate with entities that implement these policies and programs and also report on progress in these areas. Through the combined efforts across campus and the SCAG, Miami University has:

-Reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 36% and 44% since 2008, respectively.
-Certified nine buildings as LEED Silver and two at LEED Gold on the Oxford campus between October 2016-March 2018.
-Transformed eight acres of land that was farmed using traditional techniques are now farmed using organic techniques by Miami’s Institute for Food farm.
-Drafted a sustainable procurement policy
-Drafted a LEED Green Cleaning Policy
-Been awarded Bronze by the League of American Bicyclists
-Reduced the total number of parking passes by 9%
-Had a total of 153 Lean projects completed between in FY2017, with a total cost avoidance of $2,478,728 and cost reduction of $841,863. Over 40% of the projects specifically identified “Going Green” as a goal.
-Included “Go Green”, a 3-hour seminar for Miami’s Lean training program, a regular continuing education program for Miami’s lean certification. Forty-two Miami staff attended the fall 2017 and spring 2018 sessions and the seminar
-Completed a Carbon Footprint Analysis detailing including Scope 1, 2, and 3 emission types for FY2018.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Sustainability

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

The Director of Sustainability is a full-time position and is responsible for the planning, development, promotion, and execution of environmentally and economically sustainable practices by collaborating with PFD staff and the wider university community including students, faculty and administrative staff.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

The Sustainability Coordinator is a graduate student who works part-time during the academic year and full time during winter and summer breaks. The Sustainability Coordinator assists the Director of Sustainability promote, integrate, and implement sustainability-based initiatives and programs at Miami University.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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