Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.95
Liaison Susan Powers
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2016
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Clarkson University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Susan Powers
Assoc. Dir. Sustainability
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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:

CU has taken direct action in public policy at the local, regional, state, and federal levels to promote sustainability throughout our region. Some examples include:
* The President has been a vocal advocate for climate change initiatives and improved culture for students in the region. For example, he participated in a roundtable discussion at the Whitehouse before COP21 and has worked with our local federal representative to improve the culture of diversity and safety associated with our students (often of color or muslim religion) crossing the nearby US-Canada border. The University organizes student visits to the NYS Assembly to advocate for affordability and financial aid matters.
* sustainability and the environment are key (and statewide differentiating) parts of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s vision for growth in the region (Clarkson President Collins is the co-chair of the NCED council). 
* Faculty members have served on the EPA Science Advisory council (Hopke, Powers) and testified before Congress (Holsen) to promote environmental and sustainability issues.

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

* need for mitigation and resilience action for climate change
* adequate financial aid to enable equitable access for all to higher education
* improved cultural acceptance in the region (especially students who are of color or Muslim), including at US-Canada border crossing
* need for clean and local energy development as part of our region's economic development

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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