|Submission Date||March 14, 2016|
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy
Does the institution advocate for national, state/provincial, or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability?:
A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
Two Arts and Sciences graduate students studied our use of hydration stations vs. water fountains and found that 0% water from hydration stations goes into the city sewer system as opposed to 50% + with a water fountain. Administration lobbied to have these students present the results the study to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville who was so impressed that they granted permission within all new construction to bypass the code requirement and substitute half the required number of water fountains with hydration stations.
The College of Law recently launched a unique program designed to involve students in the shaping of public policy in the state of Tennessee. The Governmental Relations course, with its associated field work, is supported in part by a grant from the Uniform Laws Commission. Under the direction of an adjunct professor who has years of experience representing a variety of clients before the state legislature, students develop strategies to present certain Uniform Laws Commission proposals to the legislature. After this strategic planning, the students carry out their plans by meeting with legislative members and staff to encourage adoption of the legislation.
A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:
A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):
The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts is available:
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