Sustainability Commitments & Goals (SCAG) 2016

The Miami University Sustainability Commitments and Goals (SCAG) were first established in 2010 with broad stakeholder input and later endorsed by President Hodge.

Most of the 2010 goals have been met or are on track to be met within the next 10 years, through Miami's:

  • concerted efforts in energy and infrastructure planning,
  • changes to operations and practices, and
  • the development and enhancement of academic programs.

Other goals and commitments are outdated or obsolete due to emerging technologies, or changes in policies at the state and national levels.

The university sustainability committee (SC), with broad input from the university community, established an updated set of commitments and goals for 2016.

Learn more: Contact Adam Sizemore or Susan Meikle for the 2016 SCAG Why/What/How document (available as Word doc. or PDF).

2016 SCAG

Goal 1: Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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.

Miami University's geothermal plant

Goal 2: Consider the Social Cost of Carbon

When possible, consider the social cost of carbon and the incremental cost of greenhouse gas reduction when evaluating alternative investments into energy infrastructure.

Four images representing climate and cost. Text: The social cost of carbon

Goal 3: Aim for LEED Silver Certification

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

The 4 LEED-certified seals, ranging from green at 40-49 points to platinum at 80+ points

Goal 4: Green Care Plans for Miami's Grounds

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.

A seated person looks out toward a rain garden.

Goal 5: Sustainability Literacy Survey

Demonstrate that faculty, staff and students have achieved a level of sustainability literacy through a literacy survey.

Think you know about sustainability?

Goal 6: Track Efforts Through STARS

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 five STARS seals, ranging from platinum to reporter. Silver is in the middle.

Progress Toward Goals: FY 2018

The 2016 SCAG Goal 1 set a goal of 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases by 2020, relative to 2008 baseline.

In 2018, that goal was exceeded.

Miami University's most recent GHG emissions inventory was calculated using FY2018 data to calculate Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions (refer to Data & Reports: Carbon Footprint 2019).  

The FY2018 Carbon Footprint for Oxford campus = 108,724 MTCO2. 

Relative to FY 2008, carbon dioxide emissions from coal, natural gas, and purchased electricity (including transmission and distribution losses) in FY2018 reflected:

  • Carbon dioxide emissions were reduced by 44% 
  • Energy consumption was reduced by 36%, per gross square foot.
  • Total carbon emissions were reduced by 30%.

No coal was burned in 2017.