Upper pond, surrounded by Beechwood Hall and flowers

 A Path To Carbon Neutrality at Miami University

April 15, 2020: Coronavirus Postpones Earth Day

Earth Day 50th anniversary celebrations around the world are being postponed until the late summer and fall, or are being observed virtually, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Miami University planned on celebrating the Earth Day anniversary with President Greg Crawford formally committing to carbon neutrality.

Ohio's Stay-At-Home orders, however, prevent us from celebrating these occasions in a public manner on the official Earth Day — April 22.

Instead, a celebration will be rescheduled when the Miami community is back on campus together.

Our commitment to carbon neutrality has not changed.

Please be assured: The progress we have made and continue to make toward carbon neutrality continues. 

We have taken the next step: Forming a Climate Action Task Force.

  • President Crawford recently announced the appointment of the task force co-chairs, Jonathan Levy, director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability and associate professor of geology and environmental earth science, and Adam Sizemore, director of sustainability. 
  • Levy and Sizemore are tasked with creating a Climate Action Plan to achieve carbon neutrality for Miami. In the next coming months they will work with the President's office to identify experts and appoint members to the Climate Action Task Force and its Working Groups.

Updates will be posted on this website and on Miami University Sustainability social media.

♺ Recycling Tips

Miami's recycling and solid waste reduction efforts have come a long way since becoming part of campus operations in 1989. But what can be tossed into those blue recycle bins around campus?

Recyclable Items

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.

Miami's various sustainability stakeholders include, but are not limited to, current and future students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, suppliers, contractors, residents of the communities in which we operate, and those who live both within and beyond the boundaries of the state.

Contact us at Sustainability@www.gzrdeb.com.

Battery Disposal

Battery collection bins are conveniently located in King Library, Shriver Center, and the Rec Center. To begin recycling batteries in your building, submit a service request to Physical Facilities.

Request Battery Disposal

Sustainability Partnerships

Colorful flowers and grasses surround the stormwater management pond on Western campus


MU-Lean is a method of organizing human activities to deliver more benefits and value to customers while systematically eliminating waste within processes.

Lean at Miami

Physical Facilities (PFD)

Physical Facilities (PFD) creates a more sustainable and green campus through proper waste management, energy conservation, and responsible construction practices.

PFD Initiatives

Recognition and Honors

332 Green Colleges, The Princeton Review, 2014 Edition

Noted for a walkable campus, new bike paths, expanded transit, a major shift to geothermal heating and cooling, a comprehensive storm water master plan and a commitment to the purchase of local/organic food, Miami was included in the Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges for 2018.