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Report Card 2008

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Miami University
College Sustainability Report Card 2008

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Miami University

School details:

Endowment: $404 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Oxford, Ohio

 

Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

 

Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

 
Overall grade  
C +
Miami University created a position in its facilities department that focuses on energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives. Th e Sustainability Committee in comprised of faculty, staff , and students. Miami University, along with Ohio University, helped found the RecycleMania program in 1999–2000; it has since become a national competition.
University efforts have focused on energy efficiency projects, which include energy efficient lighting, variable frequency drives, and reduction of building-centric low efficiency heating and cooling systems in favor of campus-centric higher efficiency central systems. The university is currently conducting a carbon emissions inventory of its utility systems. As a public institution in Ohio, Miami is subject to Ohio House Bill 251 which mandates a 20% reduction in energy consumption by 2014 as compared to the baseline year of 2004.
The University Office of Recycling maintains a comprehensive recycling program. Miami diverts 60 percent of its traditional waste stream to recycling. Dining services supports three local farms, a local dairy, a local apiary, and a number of other local suppliers and distributors. Fair trade coffee is available throughout campus, as are a number of organic items. Styrofoam to-go containers have been eliminated, and discounts are offered when using a refillable mug.
The Farmer School of Business is being constructed to achieve LEED Silver certification, at a minimum. Miami has had a practice of including energy efficiency features in all of its new buildings and building renovations over the past 15 years. An informal study showed that many of the existing building renovations would have achieved LEED certification had Miami pursued such certification.
The university provides a scheduled bus service to give students an alternative to driving. The bus service extends off-campus into the neighborhoods with concentrations of student housing. A bike and pedestrian workshop and study was held three years ago, and the results were incorporated into recent projects to make the campus more pedestrian-friendly. A significant percentage of the university vehicles, particularly sedans, are alternative fuel vehicles.
The state of Ohio’s open records laws require disclosure of investment holdings and proxy voting records to the public if requested. Requests can be made either verbally or in writing.
Miami’s natural resources investments include renewable and alternative energy investments.
Miami delegates proxy voting to its external investment managers.
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