The draft “Miami 2040: Climate Action Plan for Miami University'' outlines the goals, targets, and actions required to reach net carbon neutrality on Miami’s Oxford campus. The plan is currently under review.
Sustainability at Miami
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. This commitment is a collaborative effort that involves students, faculty, staff and external partners.
Climate Commitment: 2040
Miami University commits to carbon neutrality by 2040, Miami University President Gregory Crawford announced during his State of the University address Oct. 3.
Energy-based carbon emissions reduction since 2008
Energy-based carbon emissions reduction per building gross square foot since 2008
Greenhouse gas (MTCO2e) reduction since 2019
The Miami 2040 Plan strategy to decarbonize our energy-based emissions is to further reduce energy consumption; complete the transition of building heating and cooling systems off steam; produce zero-emissions energy on-site; procure purchased electricity from renewable sources; and offset the remainder.
View our progress toward decarbonization on the Dashboard.
Miami University achieved its second STARS Gold rating in spring 2022 in recognition of its sustainability achievements by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
LEED Silver- and Gold-Certified Buildings
Miami's 31 LEED Silver- or Gold-certified buildings now account for 32% of the gross square footage of buildings on the Oxford campus. Our newest building, the Clinical Health Sciences and Wellness facility which opened in May 2023, is expected to achieve Leed Silver certification.
Waste management: Recycling
Miami makes it easy to recycle: Single stream recycling allows plastics, cardboard, paper, metal, and glass to all be recycled together in one bin. Composting food waste in Armstrong Student Center began in fall semester — a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, Armstrong Student Center, and Aramark Dining Services. Smart Waste Stations help educate users on proper disposal.
More than half of Miami's academic departments offer sustainability-focused or sustainability-related courses. Check the Program Finder (Programs.MiamiOH.edu) to help find a sustainability-related major, minor, or program based on your interests.
Join a student organization, explore the Miami University Natural Areas, take part in research.
Did you know nearly half of our 2,000 acre campus is designated as forest? With nearly 1,000 acres and 17 miles of trails in our backyard, the Miami University Natural Areas are an invaluable resource for recreation, teaching, and research.