Miami Reports Progress towards Sustainability Commitments and Goals

Posted on: Mon, 10/08/2012 (All day)

When it comes to sustainability, Miami University's motto is perhaps apt: "to accomplish without being conspicuous" (in Latin, Prodesse Quam Conspici). Without much fanfare, the university is making real progress towards ambitious yet achievable goals. What have we accomplished?

Now, for the first time, an annual Report on Progress towards Sustainability Commitments and Goals measures achievements during Fiscal Year 2012 (2011-12 academic year) in areas including energy, classroom learning, campus culture, buildings and landscape, campus practices, transportation, and investments/endowments.

Among progress towards the Sustainability Commitments and Goals, highlights include:

  • Miami continues to reduce its energy consumption and related emissions, part of utility planning that looks 50 years into the future;
  • major investments in green building and geothermal heating/cooling are paying off in reduced energy costs and improved living and working environments;
  • curricula related to sustainability are expanding across divisions;
  • students, faculty, and staff are engaging sustainability where they live and work;
  • ground work is being laid to reduce landfill waste through source reduction, better recycling, and the introduction of composting;
  • planned transportation and storm water improvements are improving campus quality of life and efficiency;
  • and investment and endowment decisions are becoming more publicly transparent.

The report, submitted to Dr. Hodge and the University Senate by the Sustainability Committee, also details new strategies for accountability and transparency in how Miami tracks and shares its progress with the university community and public.

The report was prepared by David Prytherch, sustainability coordinator and associate professor of geography, and Yvette Kline, director of sustainability and energy conservation.  The information was compiled by the Sustainability Committee, currently co-chaired by Prytherch and Tom Crist, professor of zoology and director, Institute for the Environment and Sustainability.  

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