Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.71
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Bowdoin College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Keisha Payson
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainable Bowdoin
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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:

In the fall of 2018 the Office of Sustainability, with support from senior leadership of the college, presented on Bowdoin's Climate Action Plan and implementation strategies at a town meeting for the Brunswick Sustainability Committee in anticipation of eventual climate and sustainability action by the town. In doing so, Bowdoin advocated for the creation of town policy to address climate and sustainability issues and assisted in providing a model for a town climate action plan.


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:
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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:

In November 2015 Bowdoin signed the American Campuses Act On Climate pledge to show support for strong United States leadership at the COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris. In June of 2017 Bowdoin signed on to "We're Still In", a nation-wide effort by mayors, county executives, governors, tribal leaders, college and university leaders, businesses, faith groups, and investors that joined forces to declare that they will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Climate Agreement. In October 2018 Bowdoin signed on to a nationwide effort to put a price on carbon started by the organization "Our Climate" https://www.bowdoin.edu/news/2018/11/bowdoin-joins-carbon-pricing-initiative.html


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:

Bowdoin signed onto the We're Still In after the US left the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017, as a message to indicate the US's commitment to responsible climate and clean energy policy.


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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