PFD Miami

Whether a student, visitor or employee, here are some ways you can enhance sustainability and reduce Miami’s Carbon Footprint.

  • RECYCLE everything you can! Recycle in your classrooms, dorm rooms and all over campus by packing out what you pack in – then sorting at the bins.
  • Help Miami’s COMPOSTING program by using the Tray Returns at Armstrong Student Center, Bell Tower Place, Harris Dining Hall, Martin Dining Hall, and Western Dining Commons.
  • DRINK REUSABLY from your own beverage container instead of a single-use cup or bottle. Some vendors -- including our favorite coffee spots on campus -- will even discount your drink price when you use a reusable mug. Filtered, cold water is available for free at drinking/bottle-filling fountains around campus.
  • CONSERVE water. Turning off the water faucet when brushing your teeth and reducing your showers by 5 minutes can both save about 10 gallons of water -- and the energy needed to clean, transport and heat it.
  • CARE & SHARE! Caring for, reusing and sharing products reduces the rate of consumption of raw materials and energy. When buying new, think about a product’s life cycle. Can it cycle from cradle to cradle, or does it “die” in a landfill?
  • Plug into a SMART POWER STRIP. These easy-to-use energy savers eliminate the “phantom energy” draws of switched off TV’s, VCR’s, DVD players, CD players and receivers while allowing critical components to remain powered. The strips can also be used for computer equipment and other appliances. And don’t forget the obvious energy conservation steps of turning off lights and projectors when not needed, and closing fume hoods when safe to do so.
  • LEARN TO USE public, active and shared transportation. Campus is walkable and bikeable, and BCRTA bus service reaches beyond campus and between campuses. Riding with BCRTA is FREE with your Miami ID, and most buses can hold bikes on their front rack, extending your cycling range.
  • SHRINK YOUR FOOD FOOTPRINT by picking up no more than you will consume, whether shopping or dining. Help reduce demand for high carbon footprint foods such as beef and lamb by choosing chicken, fish or pork – or join the global “Meatless Monday” movement (because vegetables have a much lower footprint than meats and dairy.)
  • Print only when necessary, and use BOTH SIDES of paper whenever possible. Backs of single sided sheets can be used for scratch paper before they are recycled. Spend some time formatting with narrow margins, font size and columns.
  • GET INVOLVED! Miami has many student organizations – like the Green Team and Green Oxford -- that promote sustainability and environmental awareness. Learn about them on the HUB, and join your favorites to help make Miami -- and Oxford -- greener! Employees are encouraged to suggest green ideas online through the Lean process.