Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.18
Liaison Ryan Todd
Submission Date May 9, 2016
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California State University, Sacramento
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nathan Dietrich
Interim Director of State & Federal Relations
Public Affairs and Advocacy
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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:

Sacramento State maintains close relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials and public agencies. Meetings and visits between elected officials and university leaders occur frequently. Issues key to sustainability have been incorporated into both Sacramento State and the CSU system’s policy platforms. For example, in February 2016 Sacramento State will take a delegation of campus leaders to the California State Capitol to meet with state legislators specifically on environmental stewardship issues and how Sacramento State is helping California meet its energy and water reduction goals.
Sacramento State has taken a number of positions and activities in support of sustainability in previous years. Highlights include:
Sacramento State signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge, which showed support for strong climate action at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21).
Sacramento State has advocated for fully funding key Department of Energy solar, energy efficiency, and sustainability programs.
Sacramento State has pledged to take significant action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase campus sustainability and resilience, and incorporate environmental action into academic curriculum.
Sacramento State has led by example with its construction efforts. The WELL, Sacramento State’s recreation and wellness center, is LEED gold certified. American River Courtyard, Sacramento State’s new residence hall is LEED gold certified.
Sacramento State has supported the use of bicycles to and from campus in order to reduce carbon emissions by adopting a bicycle plan in conjunction with the City of Sacramento.

A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:

Sacramento State encourages its students and alumni to be engaged in the political process. The university has hosted a number of forums on campus and near the state capitol.
Sacramento State has supported undocumented students through the establishment of the Dreamer Resource Center.

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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