Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.59
Liaison Victor Udo
Submission Date Sept. 23, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Bucknell University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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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:

Bucknell has an office of Civic Engagement that participates in local public policy issues. They have advocated for a number of actions including, but not limited to policies to improve access to high quality food and federal work-study programs for the local prison. These and many other actions which may require local public policy advocacy are incorporated into the University's civic action plan (https://www.bucknell.edu/azdirectory/civic-engagement). Through the Civil Engineering Department, Bucknell has had involvement with transportation related public policy including the Route 15 crossing of 15 which is one of the top ten issues in the State of Pennsylvania. As one example, Bucknell leadership signed a letter of support seeking grant funding to improve both vehicular and pedestrian safety at this intersection.

Numerous faculty/staff/students have been engaged with the Lewisburg Neighborhood Corporation and the Lewisburg Borough to advocate for more sustainable transportation and development policies. Also, Several faculty and students have completed numerous grant funded research projects related to sustainable transportation. Examples are support of the WalkIt! BikeIt! program, the Flood Impact Task Force, and the River Town Team. These efforts have resulted in improvements to Lewisburg's Bull Run Greenway plan, a riverfront redevelopment plan that addresses (flood) resiliency that includes walking/biking paths, and a vision to expand the rail-to-trails pathways. Bucknell leadership has participated in and supported all of these efforts. The results of the flood and riverfront development efforts were considered in the Bucknell Campus Master Plan Update (c2017).


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:

Public policy opportunities are identified and vetted by leadership up to and including the Board of Trustees (as required). In some cases, Bucknell chooses to advocate for these issues. In other cases, we chose to follow the intent, but do not sign a formal commitment for that initiative. Some examples of these efforts include becoming a signatory of the Second Nature "We are still in" coalition and letters to Congress related to immigration control.


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:

Public policy opportunities are identified and vetted by leadership up to and including the Board of Trustees (as required). In some cases, Bucknell chooses to advocate for these issues. In other cases, we chose to follow the intent, but do not sign a formal commitment for that initiative. An example of these efforts include becoming a signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education.


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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