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‘Living laboratories for climate change’: Miami participates in inaugural White House campus sustainability forum

By District Energy posted 03-20-2023 10:15


The Miami Student


When Miami University started making its campus more energy efficient in 2012, it was to save money in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

Ten years later, these measures have evolved into an organized strategy for decarbonization that has established Miami as a leader in campus sustainability.

In light of Miami’s sustainability achievements, two staff members and two students were invited to represent Miami in the White House forum on campus and community-scale climate change solutions on March 8.

One of the reasons Miami was chosen for the conference was because of its track record in improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions.

Olivia Herron, director of sustainability at Miami, said Miami’s sustainability development was initially to save money but ended up turning the university into an unwitting sustainability pioneer.

Herron said the combination of focusing on energy efficiency and moving to renewable energy sources such as geothermal over the past decade has helped significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from campus facilities, setting Miami apart from other colleges.

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