Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 42.65
Liaison Jillian Buckholz
Submission Date April 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, East Bay
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 2.00 Satinder Malhi
Assoc Dir Gov & Comm Relations
Govt and Community Relations
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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:
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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:

"ASR monitors all sustainability legislation that impacts the CSU specifically…but generally sustainability legislative proposals are drafted to cover wider sectors beyond the CSU and higher education…such as climate change (Cap and Trade money), energy efficiency, water resources and other utility issues that impact the operation and physical facilities on our campuses. ASR and the Chancellor’s Office (Capital Planning, Design and Construction) also work with the Governor’s Office Sustainability Task Force; and we are members of the Direct Access Customer Coalition and the Alliance for Retail Markets advocacy groups to advocate in the best interest of the CSU with energy and sustainability efforts. The Legislature had a few measures of interest to the CSU that we paid special attention this past session: • SB 350 (De Leon) which established targets to increase renewable electricity to 50% by 2030…the Governor signed SB 350. CSU had a WATCH position. • SB 286 (Hertzberg) increases direct access services across the state, including the CSU…we have had a SUPPORT position on SB 286, but the measure was not heard in the Senate which tabled it moving forward. • AB 1150 (Levine) authorized public owned utilities to expands Energy Efficiency Partnership Programs to include the CSU and UC…the Governor signed AB 1150. The CSU had a SUPPORT position and ASR worked with UC to advocate for this expansion. We also look to partner with the UC and community colleges to advocate for energy efficiency programs too, especially joint efforts. Much of the sustainability advocacy action happens at the agency administrative law level which is tends to be much more targeted at tactical in nature. Currently the PUC’s Distributed Energy Resources, HOPS and PCIA proceedings are being tracked closely and Chancellor’s Office (Aaron Klamm) has been monitoring the CEC’s implementation of AB 802. Lastly, one of the statewide priorities for energy and sustainability is to cooperate with UC (they got $25 million) in advocating for retaining the Governor’s proposed budget of $35 million in Cap and Trade funding for CSU. The Governor proposed $35 million this year but this appropriation was tabled and never revived by the Legislature.
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
No

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:
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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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