Sustainability at Miami: Highlights and Progress

Miami University – Top Stories

By Susan Meikle, university news and communications; ex-officio member, sustainability committee

Adam Sizemore, Miami’s new director of sustainability (photo by Sizemore)
With a new director of sustainability, reduction in carbon emissions and energy use, and LEED-certified building renovations, Miami is on track to meet its Sustainability Commitments and Goals (SCAG).
The 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 sustainability committee was co-chaired by Suzanne Zazycki, associate director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES), and Tim Cameron, professor and former chair of mechanical and manufacturing engineering. This year it is co-chaired by Zazycki and Helaine Alessio, professor and chair of kinesiology and health.
Miami’s sustainability committee, drafters of the SCAG, reported on the progress of sustainability at Miami for FY 2016-2018. Here we present the top six sustainability highlights. 
1. New director of sustainability, Adam Sizemore
David “Adam” Sizemore joined Miami in July after receiving his doctorate in applied sociology from the University of Louisville in May. His research focus is on environmental, Appalachian and food sociology. Sizemore replaces Yvette Kline, former director of sustainability and energy conservation, who retired July 2016.
“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Miami community,” Sizemore said. He plans to discover and foster new avenues to reduce Miami’s environmental impact. “It is crucial we guarantee our actions today do not impede the efforts of future generations to come,” Sizemore said. “This will require a communal effort across students, faculty and staff, and I look forward to engaging with each and every one of you to help make Miami a more sustainable campus.”      
Kelsey Forren, (Miami BA, MA ’18) master’s student in IES, will assist Sizemore as the new sustainability coordinator.
2. Sustainability Commitments and Goals (SCAG) updated
With input from the university community, Miami’s original Sustainability Commitments and Goals, endorsed by then-President David Hodge in 2010, were updated by Kline and the sustainability committee in 2016. 
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