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America Recycles Day

Support the Sustainability Initiative student group at RSMAS by collecting empty cans and bottles! UM Dining is partnering with Coca-Cola Beverages Florida to bring a reverse vending machine to the Hurricane Food Court. With each empty plastic bottle or aluminum can deposited, you help contribute to a donation for the UM Environmental Student Organization. Come celebrate America Recycles Day and start collecting now! Join us at the Hurricane Food Court on Monday, November 15 from 12-2 p.m.


ECO Solar Mural

The University of Miami is going solar! In August 2021, the University of Miami joined a voluntary program from Florida Power & Light called Solar Together. The University will soon become one of the largest higher education institutions in Florida to harness solar energy to power nearly all of its campuses, allowing a drastic reduction of its carbon footprint. To celebrate this new era and to highlight its role in clean energy on campus, the Student Government ECO Agency inaugurated an ECO Solar Mural located in the Storm Surge Room, in front of the Student Shalala Center. In addition to promoting solar energy literacy, the mural displays the impact of the 20 KW Photovoltaic Array that the organization installed in 2016 on top of the Hurricane Food Court. Learn more.


Green Outreach


Green U Survey

The winners of the 2021 Green U survey are: Andrea Ruiz, Noah Ross, Denise Hassinger, Thomas Champney, Melissa Winch, Marta Pavelka, and Kandra Velz. Thank you all for participating in this important assessment! Click here for some of the most original ideas that were listed.


Food Forest Tours

Faculty and students can now plan a tour of UM's Food Forest in the Gifford Arboretum. Faculty and staff receive 100 points on their Well 'Canes card for one hour of volunteering in the garden. Contact for more information or visit


Green Liaison Trainings


Sustainability 101

We encourage staff members to become Green Liaisons and be the voice of sustainable living in their workplace. Participation in the following trainings will grant you 50 points on your Well 'Canes account:

  • Sustainability 101: Register through ULearn (keywords: Sustainability 101 Webinar). Next session: Friday, Nov. 12.
  • Alternative Mobility 101: Register through ULearn (keywords: Alternative Mobility). Next session: Friday, Nov. 19.


Sustainable Food 101

This 1-hour webinar will give you a chance to understand the relationship between our food system and the planet, as well as between our diet choices and climate change. Participation in this webinar will grant you 50 points on your Well 'Canes account. Learn more about getting your office Green U certified via our Green Office program.

  • Sustainable Food and Diet 101: Register through ULearn (keywords: Sustainable Food and Diet 101). Next session: Friday, Dec 9.


Green U Health

The biomedical graduate and medical students at the Miller Herb and Food Garden celebrated Food Day on October 19, with festivities promoting sustainable food systems and the therapeutic power of food. Tours of the Miller Garden "Food Forest" were given to Miller School of Medicine students and Hialeah High School students who joined for the occasion. Everybody helped by planting turmeric, and harvesting longevity spinach, lemongrass, and Cuban oregano! Some cared for the plants by adding compost to the soil; some even learned crafts on stones to take home or adorn the garden. Learn more about the garden, located in front of the Calder Library.


Green Workplace


Cycle for All

"I found out that the 'Cycle' machine was on campus a few months ago, and I was immediately intrigued. I brought a few cans and plastic bottles, downloaded the app, and found how easy it was to help in recycling these items while guiding monetary reward to a non-profit of my choice. I also like that I know for a fact that these bottles and cans are being taken directly to a recycling plant for proper recycling. It's easy to do. I collect plastic bottles and cans in my office during the week by letting everyone know that I'm doing this. Folks bring me their empty bottles. Once a week, I take a walk around campus and I then bring the bag full of bottles and cans to the machine and recycle." - Debbie Riedmiller, Director of Business Operations, Facilities Operations and Planning. 

Learn more about Cycle at the Miami Herbert Business School.


Energy Conservation

This winter break, the Office of Sustainability and the Student Government ECO Agency are inviting all faculty, staff, and students to support UM's Energy Conservation Program. With your support, the University can reduce its carbon footprint during the semester break. Prior to leaving for the break, please take these energy-saving measures:

  • Turn off all the lights, computer monitors/accessories, office equipment, and electronics. This includes equipment chargers, copy machines, and all other personal electronics. Set your computer's power saver mode to "active" (click here for instructions).
  • For personal and office refrigerators: clean out contents, defrost, and unplug prior to the break period.

For the full list of tips, visit


Green Events


9:30 am

Ocean Forest Clean Up with the RSMAS Sustainability Initiative Student Group


12:00 am

Future Leaders Climate Summit – Apply by Nov 14


3:00 pm

The Sanibel Report - U Link Hyperlocalism Team Conference


3:00 pm

Conversaciones de Futuro: ODS-COVID



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World Food Day 2021 was a Hit!

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Virtual Info Session – MPS in Urban Sustainability and Resilience

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Sustainable U: Rounding Up @ The Campus Bookstore

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ECO Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

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Promoting a Green Economy with Jim Murley, presented by MHBS Sustainable Business Club

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Green Out Game on Nov 6 with Lou Hedley