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Report Card 2009

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Miami University
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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Miami University

School details:

Endowment: $401 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Oxford, Ohio

Enrollment: 17,161

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: Yes


Data compiled from independent research and survey responses from schools. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology  section.

Overall grade  
C +
The Presidential Task Force for Environmental Sustainability is composed of faculty, staff, and students. The university's purchasing department prioritizes Green Seal cleaning products and recycled materials in its procurement decisions.
Miami University has committed to achieving a 20 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2014 using 2004 baseline levels. A preliminary carbon footprint has been completed. The university is exploring the potential for an off-campus wind turbine, as well as the utilization of tire-derived fuel and natural gas to reduce coal use.
Dining services spends $2.4 million annually on local and organic products and purchases disposable food service containers made from bamboo, sugarcane, and corn starch-based materials. Miami University diverts 60 percent of its traditional waste stream to recycling.
The Presidential Task Force on Environmental Sustainability has recommended that all new construction meet LEED Gold standards. This policy will be considered by the board of trustees. The university has plans to place a green roof on top of its newly constructed underground parking garage, and an old dormitory will be replaced with a LEED-certified business school in fall 2009.
Miami University's facilities department works with student environmental coordinators to sponsor outreach events about campus environmental issues. Several activities involve student leadership, including the annual "Unplugged" residence hall energy competition, regular food waste audits, and recycling promotion at football games.
The university's relatively compact campus makes it pedestrian friendly, and the environmental task force is evaluating pedestrian-only streets, options to increase bicycle use, and ways to expand the use of public transportation. Miami University offers a scheduled bus service that extends to off-campus housing neighborhoods.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings and its shareholder voting record available to the public, as per open records laws. This information is sent to individuals upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in both renewable energy funds and community development loan funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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