Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.50
Liaison Wendy Olmstead
Submission Date May 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Wendy Olmstead
Sustainability Coordinator
Capital Planning & Facilities Management
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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:
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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:

In general, and at the systemwide level, the CSU Chancellor’s Office Advocacy & State Relations staff interact and engage with policy development. Public policy advocacy relating to sustainability initiatives for the CSU system such as, but not limited to, climate literacy, climate resiliency, renewable energy, and sustainable procurement is facilitated through this office. For more information, visit: https://www2.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/government/advocacy-and-state-relations/Pages/default.aspx

At the state level, Associated Students, Inc. is a member of the Cal State Student Association (CSSA), a student led organizational network that focuses on issues related to how higher education impacts students. In addition to the discussion of other sustainability-related policies, the current focus is on promoting public transportation, and raising sustainability awareness at each California State University. More information is available at:
https://calstatestudents.org/meetings/. Student Leaders from ASI can advocate on behalf of students at their university based on need by taking student concerns to CSU system wide conferences. ASI supports California state policies on reducing plastic waste by funding hydration stations in the University Student Center and Naraghi Hall of Science and by implementing recycling bins throughout the Student Center as well as signage that indicates how items should be properly disposed of. Digital signage is also used in the Student Center in order to reduce paper waste.


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:

The California State University (CSU) supports legislation at the federal level to provide students whose legal status is at risk with a permanent legislative solution. As part of a California Congressional Delegation, the CSU joined with the University of California, and California Community Colleges to support the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, sponsored by Congresswoman Roybal-Allard. More information is available at: https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/student-services/resources-for-undocumented-students/Documents/intersegmental-dream-and-promise-act-2019.pdf.


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:
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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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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability advocacy efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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