Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.39
Liaison Connie Morales
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Claremont McKenna College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Kristin Miller
Admin
Roberts Environmental Center
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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?:
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?:
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):

The REC has worked on many projects relating to policy. A few are outlined below:

Chino Basin Water Conservation District Collaboration

The team has created a partnership with the local Chino Basin Water Conservation District to develop a policy digest to be distributed to the Chino Basin constituency. Through this project, students are investigating the impact of state and local level water policy on the nearby community. For example, the team is investigating the rationale for Senate Bill 814 regarding excessive water use and the likely effects of the bill.

Net Energy Metering Tariff 2.0 Project

Slated to be one of the largest changes to California solar policy in the last decade, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is currently in the process of reforming the Net Energy Metering Tariff as required by California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32), which requires California to reduce its GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Various organizations including Southern California Edison, PG&E, San Diego Gas & Electric, and the Natural Resource Defense Council submitted proposals to the CPUC regarding reformation of the Net Energy Metering Tariff. The Environmental Outreach Team is conducting an analysis of the implications of the various proposals put forth and how this will affect residential customer decisions to adopt solar systems.

Groundwater Regulation

The team researched existing groundwater regulation at the state, county, and city levels and constructed a report summarizing the current governance structure in this policy area. They identified conflict areas that have arisen from governance issues through a case study evaluation of recent and ongoing groundwater litigation. Through a close examination of these conflicts, they analyzed the state’s problematic approach to groundwater management and identify specific areas for policy improvements.

Wastewater Reuse

The team provided an overview report of the current graywater governance structure in California. They interviewed various stakeholders, uncovered roadblocks that prevented increased use of graywater systems, and identified suggestions for policy changes that would enable greater wastewater reuse at the local level.


A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):

not applicable.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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