Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.93
Liaison Christina Erickson
Submission Date May 9, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Champlain College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Donald Laackman
President
President's Office
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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:

Champlain College became a member of the local Burlington 2030 District effort in 2017. The Burlington 2030 District is a private/public partnership working to reduce building energy consumption, water use and transportation emissions 50% by 2030. The Burlington District is unique in that it seeks to achieve these goals for the entire city.

This type of collaborative action is a strategic undertaking to help the City of Burlington meet and support the priorities of the City's Climate Action Plan, as well as the State of Vermont's Comprehensive Energy Plan. The project also ensures that there is a replicable, straightforward path for other cities to follow as they aim to increase the efficiency of their building stock, including water and energy use.

The City of Burlington has a large stock of inefficient buildings that need to be upgraded for optimal use and to increase resilience in the face of climate change. By establishing the economic case for the necessary reductions, the District helps property owners increase asset value, reduce operating costs, and create a healthier community. The Burlington 2030 District undertakes several activities to advance our goals including:

Recruitment of property owners and service providers to commit to reductions;
Assisting property owners and managers in benchmarking energy use and setting reduction targets;
Developing Property Energy Plans (PEP): A summary of findings prepared and shared with property owner/manager, Burlington Electric Department (BED) and Vermont Gas (VGS)
A strong steering committee to guide the initiative of property owners, institutions, the City of Burlington, service providers and utilities;
Committees focused on developing strategies to achieve energy, water and transportation goals

While currently a voluntary program, there is potential to influence local building codes.


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 Spring 2018, Champlain College became a signatory of the Higher Education Carbon Pricing Endorsement Initiative, which demonstrates support for a policy that has the power to reduce pollution and avert catastrophic global warming: a price on carbon. Putting a price on carbon creates a powerful incentive for individuals, communities, investors, and businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a clean energy economy. See more at https://www.ourclimate.us/higher_ed_initiative


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:

In 2017, Champlain College became a signatory of the "We are Still In" campaign, as a promise to world leaders that Americans would not retreat from the global pact to reduce emissions and stem the causes of climate change. See more at https://www.wearestillin.com/


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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