See the full infographic story in the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of the Miamian online.
Eleven years ago, nearly all the buildings on Miami University’s Oxford campus were heated and cooled by a coal-fed steam plant behind Western’s Peabody Hall.
Today, that number is under half at 49%. By 2026, nearly all buildings will be off steam and heated and cooled by geothermal energy, or simultaneous heating and cooling (SHC) or heating hot water (HHW).
Between 2019 and 2026, the Oxford campus will save 18 million gallons of water a year due to its change in energy systems.
To underline the university’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving carbon neutrality as soon as possible, Miami University President Gregory Crawford last year signed Second Nature’s Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments (PCLC).
Miami has already achieved a reduction in carbon emissions from purchased electricity, natural gas, and coal of 52% per gross square foot since 2008 thanks to the Utility Master Plan, approved in 2012 and updated in 2017.
A major component of Miami’s commitment to sustainability has been underfoot for some time, beginning in 2011 when the newly renovated Elliott and Stoddard residence halls were switched from coal-fired steam heat to geothermal.
Converting campus energy systems away from fossil-fuel-powered steam to systems that are powered by electricity increases the opportunities to purchase renewable electricity off the grid, such as wind or solar power.