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

Miami University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.25 / 4.00 Adam Sizemore
Director of Sustainability
Physical Facilities Department
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Miami University 2020 Plan

The unifying goal of the Miami 2020 Plan is to "promote a vibrant learning and discovery environment that produces extraordinary student and scholarly outcomes." This goal is supported by the following three foundational goals:

1. Ensure vitality and sustainability by building a forward-looking, efficient, and caring culture that stimulates, recognizes, and rewards creativity, entrepreneurial thinking, and exemplary performance.
2. Promote a diverse culture of inclusion, integrity, and collaboration that deepens understanding and embraces intercultural and global experiences.
3. Cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships and applied and service-oriented projects that strengthen our local, state, national and world communities.

University-level objectives and metrics have been established to ensure that we are achieving these goals, and annual reports on our progress are created and shared annually with the Board of Trustees.


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Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):

Miami University Stormwater Management Overlay
Campus Exterior Space Landscape Master Plan
Utility Master Plan
Western Campus Master Plan
GHG Monitoring Plan for Miami University
Circulation Master Plan Report 2011
Long Range Housing Master Plan
Green Cleaning Policy


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

University 2020 Plan:
-Metric 6: 75% of Miami students will have completed an internship before they graduate
-Metric 7: 90% of Miami students will have two or more co-curricular experiences before they graduate.
-Metric 8: 25% of our students will graduate with multiple degrees/majors, and 5% will graduate with a combination Bachelor and Master’s degree.
-Metric 9: 60% of degree programs can be completed in three years or less through curriculum revision and by using different pedagogical approaches and modes of delivery.
-Metric 10: Increase the online and hybrid credit hours to 10% of the total credit hours.
-Metric 20: 60% of Miami students will study abroad or study away.
-Metric 21: All Miami students will have a curricular or co-curricular cultural learning experience, e.g., intensive community engagement, service learning experience, intercultural or global learning requirement.
-Metric 22: All faculty and staff will engage in meaningful, globally diverse cultural activities (e.g., volunteer or community engagement, course or workshops on global and intercultural topics, professional
training on diversity issues).
-Metric 25: Miami will double its partnerships with Ohio and other area high schools to recruit college-bound students, e.g., through PSEO, expansion of the Oxford Pathway Program, dual enrollment, tutoring or mentoring programs, bridge and summer programs.

Miami University Sustainability Commitment and Goals 2016:
-Goal 5: Demonstrate that faculty, staff, and students have achieved a level of sustainability literacy through a literacy survey.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

University 2020 Plan:
-Metric 7: 90% of Miami students will have two or more co-curricular experiences before they graduate.
-Metric 8: 25% of our students will graduate with multiple degrees/majors, and 5% will graduate with a combination Bachelor and Master’s degree.
-Metric 18: Grow the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff.
-Metric 19: 75% of Miami students will report that they feel welcome and have had significant and meaningful interactions with diverse groups.
-Metric 21: All Miami students will have a curricular or co-curricular cultural learning experience, e.g., intensive community engagement, service learning experience, intercultural or global learning requirement.
-Metric 22: All faculty and staff will engage in meaningful, globally diverse cultural activities (e.g., volunteer or community engagement, course or workshops on global and intercultural topics, professional training on diversity issues).

Sustainability Commitment and Goals 2016:
-Goal 6: Continue to track and measure University sustainability efforts through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability, Tracking Assessment & Reporting System (STARS), with the next submission due March 2019.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Commitment and Goals 2016:
-Goal 1: Continue to implement long-term changes in energy infrastructure, operations, and practices to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases relative to Oxford Campus FY 2008 (151,408 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents) 30% by 2020, 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030;
-Goal 2: When possible, consider the social cost of carbon and the incremental cost of greenhouse gas reduction when evaluating alternative investments into energy infrastructure;

GHG Monitoring Plan for Miami University:
The purpose of this plan is to allow Miami University (MU) to satisfy the
requirements of the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Regulations. The plan details our stationary sources subject to reporting requirements. It also details our process for collecting data, the location, and source of emissions data, missing data procedures, and a methodology for reporting coal, natural gas, diesel fuel oil, and propane emissions.

Circulation Master Plan Report:
-Use urban design, parking policies, and incentives to make alternative modes preferable for short distance travel.
-Reduce vehicular use for short distance commutes.
-Increase the mode share for walking, bicycling, and transit.
-Develop parking policies to encourage sustainable transportation behaviors
-Double carpooling by 2020.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Commitment and Goals 2016
-Goal 2: When possible, consider the social cost of carbon and the incremental cost of greenhouse gas reduction when evaluating alternative investments into energy infrastructure;
-Goal 3: Achieve LEED Silver (Version 4), 2 Green Globes, or Living Building Challenge 3.0 for all new construction and major renovation projects;

Long Range Housing Master Plan:
This plan is focused on improving the residential experience for students and forecasting the university’s long-range housing and dining needs in regard to meeting national standards and continuing to attract students. The plan involves new construction of halls and dining halls, as well as major renovations. The plan calls for renovations that will replace windows, install fire suppression, update building systems (heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing and lighting), update finishes and increase accessibility. It also has LEED certification goals for all new buildings, efficiencies are expected in future utility use.

Western Campus Master Plan:
Clawson Hall renovation (LEED Silver Pending)

Stormwater Master Plan:
To ensure that new residence and dining halls are sensitively integrated into the unique natural setting and ecology of the Western Campus.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Commitment and Goals 2016:
-Goal 1: Continue to implement long-term changes in energy infrastructure, operations, and practices to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases relative to Oxford Campus FY 2008 (151,408 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents) 30% by 2020, 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030;
-Goal 2: When possible, consider the social cost of carbon and the incremental cost of greenhouse gas reduction when evaluating alternative investments into energy infrastructure;

Long Range Housing Master Plan:
Renovations and new construction projects are expected to increase energy efficiency through LEED certified goals.

Utility Master Plan:
The University commits to not burn coal in the Central Steam Plant past 2025. The campus Utility Master Plan is to have 40% of the campus’ gross square footage heated and cooled by geothermal by 2025. By 2026, the campus plans to be moved completely off steam to heating hot water and to be utilizing simultaneous heating and cooling on 90% of the campus. The objectives of the Utility Master Plan are to continue to reduce the amount of energy per square foot utilized by the university by making it more efficient and self‐sufficient. In 2008, energy usage was 165.77 KBTU/GSF. This number has already been reduced by 36.5% to 105.32 KBTU/GSF in 2017 and is projected to be at 75.59 KBTU/GSF by 2026. Reducing the amount of natural gas and coal used, and increasing the amount of energy produced by alternatives such as geothermal, will not only reduce the energy footprint of the university but also make it less subject to the whims of the market. Plans currently underway as part of the Utility Master Plan include expanding the Western Geothermal Plant’s service to Bachelor Hall by 2020 and to Thomson, Boyd, McKee, and Peabody Halls as well as Kumler Chapel by 2025. A conversion of the North Chiller Plant to Geothermal is also planned, with a well field that will likely be placed in the current parking lot of Millett Hall. This geothermal plant will service many of the buildings on the North side of campus by 2025.

Western Campus Master Plan:
Phase 2 Geothermal Plant implementation
Phase 3 Geothermal Plant implementation (expansion)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Commitment and Goals:
-Goal 4: Support best management practices in grounds maintenance, with a focus on classifying all of Miami’s lands with green care plans by end of FY2017;

Campus Exterior Space Landscape Master Plan:
-Provide the best possible environment within which the academic mission of Miami University can be fulfilled
-Provide teaching, research and public service opportunities related to all aspects of site development, including design, engineering, and environmental science
-Provide the best possible environment within which residential, recreational, cultural, social can be served located in a small town
-Maintain and enhance the beauty and charm of the campus
-Ensure the sustainability of proposed plant materials and appropriateness of varieties to the environment
-Showcase the natural areas of the campus
-Protect the plant groupings of the campus by restricting any construction within proximity of these groupings that will adversely affect their health
-Protect other significant plants through establishment of the necessary specifications and standards to review development projects and planting practices
-Establish a policy which directs and defines the reforestation efforts of the University
-Provide accessibility for all persons to all buildings and outdoor spaces
-Maintain service and emergency vehicle access to all campus facilities


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Green Cleaning Policy:
-CRI’s Green Label Program and HEPA filters are recommended for vacuums.
-Carpets are deep cleaned once a year using sustainable powered carpet cleaning equipment certified by the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI)
-Miami University recommends that at least 40% of all the cleaning equipment (purchased, leased, or used by contractors) must require the following standards.
•All powered equipment must have the following features:
--------safeguards, such as rollers or rubber bumpers, to avoid damage to building surface
--------ergonomic design to minimize vibration, noise, and user fatigue, as reported in the user manual in accordance with ISO 5349-1 for arm vibrations, ISO 2631–1 for vibration to the whole body, and ISO 11201 for sound pressure at operator’s ear; and
--------as applicable, environmentally preferable batteries (e.g., gel, absorbent glass mat, lithium-ion) except in applications requiring deep discharge and heavy loads where the performance or battery life is reduced by the use of sealed batteries.
•Vacuum cleaners must be certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval/Green Label Vacuum Program and operate with a maximum sound level of 70 dBA or less in accordance with ISO 11201.
•Carpet extraction equipment, for restorative deep cleaning, must be certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute's Seal of Approval Deep Cleaning Extractors and Seal of Approval Deep Cleaning Systems program.
•Powered floor maintenance equipment must have vacuums, guards, or other devices for capturing fine particles, and must operate with a maximum level of 70 dBA, in accordance with ISO 11201
•Propane-powered floor equipment must have high-efficiency, low-emissions engines with catalytic converters and mufflers that meet the California Air Resources Board or EPA standards for the specific engine size and operate with a sound level of 90 dBA or less, in accordance with ISO 11201.
•Automated scrubbing machines must be equipped with variable-speed feed pumps and either (1) on-board chemical metering to optimize the use of cleaning fluids or (2) dilution control systems for chemical refilling. Alternatively, scrubbing machines may use tap water only, with no added cleaning products.

Innovation- New environmentally friendly products are evaluated as they are introduced to the market. We understand that the cleaning industry frequently makes advances in technology, and we plan to incorporate these advances as they become available. New products must meet the respective standards listed as they apply to each product category. In the event that a required product does not meet these standards or a standard has not yet been identified, we will look for the product that most closely complies with the standards outlined above and will continue to use the product as needed until an environmentally-preferable product is available.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Circulation Master Plan Report:
-Implement a holistic approach to circulation
-Use urban design, parking policies, and incentives to make alternative modes preferable for short distance travel
-Reduce vehicular use for short distance commutes
-Increase the mode share for walking, bicycling, and transit
-Develop parking policies to encourage sustainable transportation behaviors
-Provide preferential parking/reduced permit costs for carpools, park-and-ride commuters, and low-emissions vehicles
-Double carpooling by 2020
-Offer to integrate Miami Metro service into a fully public, regional transportation system
-Reduce Miami University’s transportation-related carbon footprint 20-30% by 2020

Sustainability Commitment and Goals 2016:
-Goal 1: Continue to implement long-term changes in energy infrastructure, operations, and practices to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases relative to Oxford Campus FY 2008 (151,408 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents) 30% by 2020, 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030;

Campus Exterior Space Landscape Master Plan:
-Provide sufficient bicycle parking utilizing standard parking devices to reduce illegal parking against signs and trees
-Reduce or eliminate dangerous intersections of bicycle and pedestrian paths by ensuring open sight lines, adequate pavement, and reduced vertical barriers

Sustainability Commitment and Goals 2016:
Goal 3: Achieve LEED Silver (Version 4), 2 Green Globes, or Living Building Challenge 3.0 for all new construction and major renovation projects; (increased bicycle accessibility)

Long Range Housing Master Plan:
LEED certification goals for all new buildings (increased bicycle accessibility)

Western Campus Master Plan:
Clawson Hall renovation (LEED Silver Pending) (increased bicycle accessibility)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Green Cleaning Policy:

G.Disposal and Recycling of Cleaning Chemicals
All employees are to be trained in being knowledgeable in the hazards, use, maintenance, disposal and recycling of cleaning chemicals, dispensing equipment and packaging. Upon implementation of this Green Cleaning Policy, all previous cleaning products that do not meet the standards of this plan will be phased out and disposed of in the appropriate way.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Stormwater Master Plan:
-Meet Local Regulations for Rate & Volume of Storm Water Run-off
-Integrate Stormwater Management Infrastructure with other Essential Campus Systems (Buildings, Energy Systems, Transportation, Sanitary Sewerage, Communications)
-Increase Infiltration / Ground Water Recharge
-Conserve, Re-use and Recycle Stormwater
-Improve Water Quality
-Conserve / Restore Natural Habitats to Improve Infiltration and Reduce Runoff Volume


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Miami University 2020 Plan:
-Metric 18: Grow the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff.
-Metric 19: 75% of Miami students will report that they feel welcome and have had significant and meaningful interactions with diverse groups.
-Metric 20: 60% of Miami students will study abroad or study away.
-Metric 21: All Miami students will have a curricular or co-curricular cultural learning experience, e.g., intensive community engagement, service learning experience, intercultural or global learning requirement
-Metric 24: Miami will partner with two-year institutions to double the number of transfer students to the Oxford campus to 400 students.

Campus Exterior Space Landscape Master Plan:
-Provide accessibility for all persons to all buildings and outdoor spaces
-Maintain service and emergency vehicle access to all campus facilities.

Sustainability Commitment and Goals 2016
-Goal 2: When possible, consider the social cost of carbon and the incremental cost of greenhouse gas reduction when evaluating alternative investments into energy infrastructure.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Miami University 2020 Plan:
-Metric 11: All employees will have an annual evaluation that aligns with the overall university objectives and a measurable professional development plan
-Metric 12: At least 25% of the merit salary improvement pool for faculty and unclassified staff will be allocated to recognize and reward exemplary performance that contributes to university and unit goals and objectives
-Metric 19: 75% of Miami students will report that they feel welcome and have had significant and meaningful interactions with diverse groups.

Campus Exterior Space Landscape Master Plan:
-Provide the best possible environment within which residential, recreational, cultural, social can be served located in a small town
-Maintain and enhance the beauty and charm of the campus


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Commitments and Goals
Goal 2: When possible, consider the social cost of carbon and the incremental cost of greenhouse gas reduction when evaluating alternative investments into energy infrastructure.


Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

Endorsed by former president Hodge, Miami University's Sustainability Commitments & Goals (SCAG) were developed in 2010 and 2016 with broad stakeholder input. President Crawford later endorsed the 2016 SCAGs.


The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

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.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

Sustainability Commitment and Goals 2016

-Goal 1: Continue to implement long-term changes in energy infrastructure, operations, and practices to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases relative to Oxford Campus FY 2008 (151,408 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents) 30% by 2020, 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030;

-Goal 2: When possible, consider the social cost of carbon and the incremental cost of greenhouse gas reduction when evaluating alternative investments into energy infrastructure;

-Goal 3: Achieve LEED Silver (Version 4), 2 Green Globes, or Living Building Challenge 3.0 for all new construction and major renovation projects;

-Goal 4: Support best management practices in grounds maintenance, with a focus on classifying all of Miami’s lands with green care plans by end of FY2017;

-Goal 5: Demonstrate that faculty, staff and students have achieved a level of sustainability literacy through a literacy survey;

-Goal 6: Continue to track and measure University sustainability efforts through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability, Tracking Assessment & Reporting System (STARS), with the next submission due March 2019.


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