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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2009 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.

 

Name: Anthony Ferraro
Title:
Energy Engineer
Date survey submitted:
7/14/09

ADMINISTRATION
SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES
1) Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

2) Has the president of your institution signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)?
[X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. If completed, please provide the date the GHG Report was submitted to the ACUPCC:

3) Has your institution signed the Talloires Declaration?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes

4) Is there a sustainability component in your institution's master plan and/or strategic plan (check all that apply)?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes, in the master plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:
[  ]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

ADVISORY COUNCIL
5) Does your school have a council or committee that advises on and/or implements policies and programs related to sustainability?
[X]  No, BUT CURRENTLY BEING CONSIDERED
[  ]  Yes

If you answered "No" to question 5, please proceed directly to question 11.
6) Please provide the name of the committee and list the number of meetings held since August 2008.
Name:
Number of meetings:

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.
[#    ]  Administrators
[#    ]  Faculty
[#    ]  Staff
[#    ]  Students
[#    ]  Other. Please describe:

8) Please provide the name of the chair(s) of the committee for the 2009-2010 academic year, and indicate which stakeholder group the chair(s) represents.
If 2009-2010 academic year information is not yet available, please provide information for 2008-2009 instead.
Name of chair(s):
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student):

9) To whom does the committee report (e.g., president, vice president)?

10) Please list key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2008.

Key issues/programs that the group has addressed/implemented since August 2008:
Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

SUSTAINABILITY STAFF
11) Does your school employ sustainability staff (excluding student employees and interns)?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please provide titles and number of sustainability staff.
[#    ]  Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [         ]
[#    ]  Number of part-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [        ]

12) Does the head of the sustainability staff report directly to the president or another high-level administrator (e.g., vice president, vice chancellor)?
[  ]  N/A
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT
13) Does your school have an office or department specifically dedicated to furthering sustainability on campus?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe (including name of office or department and year created):

WEBSITE
14) Does your school have a website detailing its sustainability initiatives?

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide URL: http://community.muohio.edu/sustainability/

GREEN PURCHASING
15) Does your school have a formal green purchasing policy?

[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to full policy, if available:

16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?
[  ]  No
[X]  Some. Please describe:  We purchase energy Star rated AC units for use in our Residence Halls
[  ]  All

17) Does your school purchase environmentally preferable paper products (e.g., 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council)?
[X]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[  ]  All. Please describe:

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[X]  Some. Please describe: Our Housing and Dining group has adopted green seal products
[  ]  All. Please describe:

19) Are your school's computer/electronics purchase decisions made in accordance with standards such as the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)?
[X ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[  ]  All

20) Does your school use only pesticides that meet the standards for organic crop production set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or Canadian Organic Standards (excluding on-campus farms)?
[X]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[  ]  All

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY
21) Has your school completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory?
Please check all that apply.
[  ]  No.
[  ]  In progress. Please describe status and provide estimated completion date:
[X]  Yes.  Please provide total annual GHG emissions (in metric tons of CO2e). Also, include the start date for each year as well as the URL to each inventory, if available online, or attach the document.
2008: 125,039
2007: 128,055
2006: 132,922
2005: 135,409

COMMITMENT TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION
The purchase of carbon offsets does not count toward greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions for this indicator. They are counted in a subsequent indicator.
22) Has your school made a commitment to reducing GHG emissions by a specific amount?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please list details. Ohio HB-251 has set these goals for all Ohio Higher Ed. Institutions.
Reduction level: 20% per square foot
Baseline year: 2004
Target date: 2014

If you answered only "No" or "In progress" to question 21, please now skip to question 27.
REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS
23) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please list details.
Percentage reduced: 9% drop
Baseline year: 2004
Date achieved: 2008

24) Please provide the total heating and cooling degree days averaged over the past three years.
Data on total degree heating and cooling days is available at: http://www.degreedays.net/ . This information will be used to help reduce bias between schools in different climates.
Cooling degree days average over the past three years: 678,656
Heating degree days average over the past three years: 2,516,800

25) Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-thousand-square-foot basis for the past three years.
Per-Thousand-Square-Foot Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total maintained building space in thousands of square feet.
2008: 19.9
2007: 20.8
2006: 22.9

26) Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-full-time-student basis for the past three years.
Per-Student Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total number of full-time enrolled students.
2008: 7.61
2007: 7.69
2006: 8.14

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
27) What programs or technologies has your school implemented to improve energy efficiency (e.g., cogeneration plant, retrocommissioning of HVAC systems, performing system tune-ups, temperature setbacks)?
 We have a retro-commissioning program, have performed system tune-ups, installed energy efficient lighting, VFDs, insulation blankets and many other energy improvements throughout the campus.

ENERGY CONSERVATION
28) Do you facilitate programs that encourage members of the campus community to reduce energy use (e.g., cash incentives, signs reminding individuals to turn off lights and appliances)?
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe: Student and Faculty energy awareness will begin in the Fall. The “This Makes Cents” program encourages the Miami Community to submit ideas to save energy.

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION
29)  Does your school generate renewable electricity?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please specify percentage of overall electricity generated from each of the following sources and describe details below.
[    %]  B100 biodiesel
[    %]  Clean biomass
[    %]  Concentrating solar power (CSP)
[    %]  Geothermal
[    %]  Low-impact hydropower
[    %]  Solar photovoltaics
[    %]  Wind, tried to convince administration to install small wind turbine.
[    %]  Other
Description: We have a 2.3KV solar panel system at our Ecology Research Center.

30)  Does your school have solar hot water systems?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please specify number of systems and total BTUs generated annually, if available:

RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASE
31) Has your school purchased electric energy from renewable sources or renewable energy credits (RECs)?
RECs and electricity from renewable sources must be Green-e certified or meet the requirements of the Green-e standard.
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe.
Date of most recent contract:
Quantity (kWh):
Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents:

32) Has your school purchased non-electric energy from renewable sources?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe.
Date of most recent contract:
Quantity (BTUs):
Percentage of your total non-electric energy use that it represents:

ON-SITE COMBUSTION
33) Please provide total BTUs of energy for heating and cooling from on-site combustion:
786,278 MMBTU

34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source:

Propane = .1%

Nat. Gas = 29.6%

Coal = 70.3%

35) Is any on-site combustion for heating and cooling derived from renewable sources?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe.
Percentage on-site combustion derived from renewable sources: [   %]
Total BTUs of energy generated from renewable sources: [#      ]
Description of renewable energy sources used for on-site combustion for heating and cooling:

FOOD & RECYCLING
The food portion of this category is covered in a separate dining survey.
RECYCLING OF TRADITIONAL MATERIALS
36) Please indicate which traditional materials your institution recycles (check all that apply).

[  ]  None
[X]  Aluminum
[X]  Cardboard
[X]  Glass
[X]  Paper
[  ]  Plastics (all)
[X]  Plastics (some)
[  ]  Other. Please list:

37) Diversion rate: [   31 %]

RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE
38) Does your institution have an electronics recycling program?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. If available, please indicate the total annual weight or volume of each material collected for recycling or reuse.
[X]  Batteries
[X]  Cell phones
[ X]  Computers
[ X]  Lightbulbs
[ X]  Printer cartridges
[    ]  Other E-waste. Please list:

COMPOSTING (ASIDE FROM DINING FACILITIES)
39) What percentage of your campus's landscaping waste is composted or mulched?

[  100% ]

40) Do you provide composting receptacles around campus in locations other than dining halls (e.g., in residence halls, offices, academic buildings)?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

SOURCE REDUCTION
41) Do you have any source-reduction initiatives (e.g., end-of-semester furniture or clothing swaps and collections)?

[  ]  No
[X ]  Yes. Please describe: Yes, at the end of the school year collections of unwanted furniture and other supplies are

GREEN BUILDING
GREEN BUILDING POLICY
42) Does your school have a formal green building policy?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available:

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43)
Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[# 1 ]  Total number of LEED-certified buildings.
[    sq ft]  Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[ 218,423 sq ft]  Silver-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Farmer School of Business
[    sq ft]  Gold-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Platinum-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

44) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED certification criteria but are not certified.
[#   0  ]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria
[    sq ft]  Certified-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Gold-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

45) Please indicate buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.
[# 0 ]  Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

RENOVATIONS AND RETROFITS
46) Please indicate LEED-EB certified buildings.
[# 0 ]  Total number of LEED-EB certified buildings. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

47) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED-EB certification criteria but are not certified.
[#0 ]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

48) Please indicate renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.
[# 0 ]  Total number of renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

49) What energy-efficiency technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., HVAC systems, motion sensors, ambient light sensors, T5 lighting, LED lighting, timers, laundry technology)?   
For each technology, please indicate the number and type of fixtures installed, and the number of buildings in which those fixtures are installed. If possible, include either the percentage of the overall campus fixtures each type represents or the percentage of overall maintained building space that has been renovated with the technology (e.g., 20 buildings representing 10 percent of maintained building space have been retrofitted with motion sensors; thus, 10 percent of the total maintained building space in square feet would be the desired data).

Miami University consistently upgrades its HVAC systems throughout the campus.  We upgrade building controls, install VFD’s and install high delta T coils.  We have begun to install motion sensors on VAV boxes so that conditioned air is reduced and the lights turn off when a room is unoccupied.  We have upgraded in excess of 90% of the campus lighting to T8 low wattage technology, in our opinion T8 has several advantages over T5.  We have thoroughly investigated LED lighting and feel the technology is not mature enough to use at Miami.  With our extensive building automation system (BAS) we do not need to purchase timers we simply connect our outside lighting to the BAS.  Our Housing Dining and Guest Services Dept. purchase only Energy rated washers and dryers.   

50) What water-conservation technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., low-flow faucets, low-flow showerheads, waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, gray water systems, laundry technology)?   
For each technology, please indicate the number and type of fixtures installed, and the number of buildings in which those fixtures are installed. If possible, include either the percentage of the overall campus fixtures each type represents or the percentage of overall maintained building space that has been renovated with the technology (e.g., 20 buildings representing 10 percent of the maintained building space have been retrofitted with low-flow faucets; thus, 10 percent of the total maintained building space in square feet would be the desired data).  

Miami University purchases low flow faucets and shower heads for new and existing buildings.  100% of the residence halls have low flow shower heads.

51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[  85 %]  Most notably the Farmer School of Business building

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT
RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES
52) Are there any sustainability-themed residential communities or housing options at your school?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Name of program: Environmental Awareness Program
Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house): Residence Hall (Living Learning Community)
Number of students involved: approximately 75 students
Additional details: The Environmental Awareness Program (EAP) LLC aims to educate students about environmental issues and the impacts of society in this context. Previous educational experiences included helping maintain a section of Hueston Woods, visiting the Cincinnati Zoo and an environmental science course. The EAP LLC willingly participates in university initiatives that promote sustainable efforts. This participation allows EAP to further enact its mission. It also provides the university with an idea of how the larger student population may respond to various efforts.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
53) Does a portion of your new student orientation specifically cover sustainability?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe how sustainability is incorporated (e.g., information sessions, green tour): We do a 20 minute presentation to introduce them to the University’s Sustainability Activities.

INTERNSHIPS/OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
54) Does your school offer on-campus office-based sustainability internships or jobs for students?
[ X  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please provide number of students and average number of hours worked weekly per student:
[#     ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[#     ]  Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:

55) Does your school have residence hall Eco-Reps or other similar programs to promote behavioral change on campus?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide details below, and indicate URL if available:
[#     ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[#     ]  Positions that award academic credit. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[#     ]  Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:

Student Environmental Coordinators are responsible for promoting sustainability and recycling within residence halls.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
56) Does your school have active student-run organizations devoted to sustainability efforts on campus?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide total number of active organizations, names of organizations, a brief description of each, and URLs, if available: Green Oxford is the only organization on campus, their URL is;   http://www.greenoxford.org/index.html    Below is their mission statement.

“We are committed to improving the environment of the Miami and Oxford communities through education, action, and leadership. By arming our members with knowledge, it is possible to connect with the community and make a difference here at Miami. We envision a university with better environmental policies, an improved curriculum, and a well-informed student body.”

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
57) Does your school organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please list details for all competitions.
Name of competition: “Unplugged”
Year initiated: 2005
Frequency of competition: Annually, every October
Participants: All residents halls, about 7,000 students
Incentives: Pizza Party
Goal of competition: Reduce electric usage
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: it varies 5-10%
Lasting effects of competition: minimal
Website: none

TRANSPORTATION
CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
[#317   ]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#  1  ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models:
[#  0  ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles:
[#  0  ]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used:
[# 54 ]  Other. Please describe: Flex Fuel Vehicle

60) What is the average GHG emission rate per passenger mile of your institution's motorized fleet?
[#        ]  pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per passenger mile traveled.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES
61) Does your school offer incentives for carpooling?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe details of the program including the type of the incentive and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students): Miami partnered with AlterNetRides to offer a free car-pooling service.

62) Does your school offer public transportation subsidies?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe the program including the size of the discount (as a percent of full price) and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students):

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: multiple bus routes

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

BICYCLE PROGRAM
65) Does your school offer a bicycle-sharing/rental program or bicycle repair services?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Year created:
Number of bikes available:
Fees for participation:
Repair services provided:

CAR-SHARING PROGRAM
66) Does your school partner with a car-sharing program?

[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Year created:
Total number of vehicles:
Number of hybrid vehicles:
Fee for membership:

PLANNING
67) Does your school have policies that support a pedestrian-friendly or bike-friendly campus (e.g., in the school's master plan, a policy prohibiting vehicles from the center of campus)?

[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

68) What percentage of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[  0  %]  Most individuals commute from the Cincinnati area, it’s too far to walk or bike and no mass transit is available.

STATISTICS

69) Campus setting:
[  ]  Rural
[ X ]  Suburban
[  ]  Urban
[  ]  Other. Please describe:

70)  Total number of buildings: [# 125  ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [# 6,287,767 ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 17,191 ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 1,751 ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [#  30%   ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [  48 %]

Questions 76-87 are for informational purposes only; responses will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.
OTHER AREAS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT
Please mark an "X" next to each item that applies to your institution.
76)  Outdoors club: [ Y ]
77)  Disposable water bottle ban: [ N ]
78)  Participation in Recyclemania: [ Y ]
79)  Student trustee position: [Y  ]
80)  Environmental science/studies major: [Y  ]
81)  Environmental science/studies minor or concentration: [ Y ]
82)  Graduate-level environmental program: [Y  ]
83)  Student green fee: [ N ]
84)  Alumni green fund: [N  ]
85)  Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects: [ N ]
86)  Campus garden or farm: [Y ]
87)  Single-stream recycling: [ Y ]

 

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