Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.97
Liaison Dennis Carlberg
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Boston University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 2.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability
sustainability@BU
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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?:
No

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:

The Green Ribbon Commission (GRC), formed by the Mayor of Boston is a 34 member organization comprised of a diverse set of business and civic leaders with a shared desire to make Boston a national leader in the green economy and the fight against global climate change. The GRC provides a forum for representatives of the private sector and the City to discuss, plan and act on the opportunities, challenges, ideas, and requirements of preparing Boston to meet the imperatives of climate change. Boston University President Dr. Robert Brown is a member and active participant of the GRC.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
No

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:

During each legislative session, Government and Community Affairs identifies and monitors bills that would impact sustainability at BU. These bills often relate to the solar net-metering cap, renewable energy, zero-emission vehicles, and greenhouse gas emission benchmarks. In the current session, the Massachusetts Senate has drafted an ambitious, omnibus energy bill which attempts to deal with every energy issue that is subject to state regulation. While the University is not involved in any direct energy lobbying, Government and Community Affairs work with partners to establish bills of interest and discern their likelihood of passage.


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:

BU advocates for funding for climate and sustainability research through the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and other federal research agencies. For example, our advocacy one-pager for DOE research, mentions a grant to Daniel Segre on sustainable energy as a reason policymakers should bolster the DOE Office of Science budget. This advocacy occurs each year during Congressional consideration of the appropriations bills which determine federal agency budgets.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
No

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:
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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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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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