Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.84
Liaison Corey Hawkey
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2017
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Arizona State University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Corey Hawkey
Assistant Director
University Sustainability Practices
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the municipal/local level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the municipal/local level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

ASU participates in advocacy in a variety of ways.

- ASU advocated and supported the development and implementation of a three city bike share program that will come to Tempe and ASU's Tempe campus this Fall. http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2016/07/12/bike-share-program-coming-tempe-creating-3-city-program/86868722/

- ASU is developing a water reclamation project and is working with the City of Tempe to alter their rate structures to include a rate for reclaimed water.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

ASU advocated and strongly supported the development of the Desert Discovery Center in Scottsdale. It is aimed at creating an expansive research center to teach “a global audience to value, thrive in and conserve desert environments.” https://asunow.asu.edu/20170125-asu-center-teach-community-about-thriving-desert

Additionally, ASU has taken public positions on the regional light rail expansion plans. ASU supported expansion to Gilbert and Mesa.

Another example is that ASU has held conversations with local and regional policymakers about barriers and other challenges related to renewable energy in an effort to reduce barriers and increase implementation.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the national level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

ASU has taken positions and actions on a variety of national issues.

1. ASU helped establish the University Innovation Alliance, a partnership between 11 universities to increase collaboration and innovation in higher education. These institutions represent higher-than-peer-average percentages of the diverse students whose outcomes higher education urgently needs to improve. The schools seek to identify new solutions, scale proven innovations, and improve communication and diffusion of results. The ultimate goal is to increase graduation rates among low-income students. As part of this work the UIA works on the national stage and with policymakers to discuss these ideas. http://www.theuia.org/sites/default/files/UIA-Vision-Prospectus.pdf

2. President Michael Crow has made a statement on ASU's support of DACA and DREAMers. https://president.asu.edu/node/2244

3. President Michael Crow also signed the letter from Higher Education leaders on Climate Action. http://secondnature.org/higher-education-climate-action-letter/


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the international level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

ASU worked closely with the country of Albania to develop a "green" solution to their education infrastructure. ASU representatives worked closely with Albania government officials to conduct the study and move ideas forward in the country. Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability Director, Gary Dirks, presented the report recommendations with the Prime Minister of Albania to an audience of international reporters and donors to advocate for international support to implement the report’s recommendations (which included standards for green retrofits of Albanian schools nationwide).

Going to school in Albania means dealing with frequent power outages; the electricity grid is only 60 percent reliable, and schools have limited access to even that. Albania wants to make its schools safe, stable and energy efficient, and the nation turned to ASU’s sustainability experts for help.

The result: a step-by-step plan to transform the schools and boost that nation’s economy.

https://asunow.asu.edu/content/asu-report-outlines-green-schools-plan-albania


A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years (if applicable):
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A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):
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