Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.47
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Colorado College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ian Johnson
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Colorado College worked closely with City Council members and the Colorado Springs Transportation Office to advocate for and successfully implement dedicated bicycle lanes through the campus and into downtown.

The Director of Sustainability sat on the advisory committee that pursed a change in ordinance to allow for a public bike share.

Colorado College, students, the Office of Sustainability, and faculty (through personal interest, class projects, and research) actively support and provide research and information in support of an advanced schedule to decommission the Martin Drake coal-fired power plant in Colorado Springs. The plant is owned by the municipal utility.

Colorado College's Office of Sustainability has publicly advocated for and negotiated options for a renewable energy portfolio through the municipal utility to support a power purchase agreement in line with the college's renewable energy goals.

Colorado College students actively engage local politics through curricular pursuits to support sustainability goals and policies locally. A recent example: https://www.koaa.com/news/covering-colorado/colorado-college-research-shows-urban-heat-islands-in-colorado-springs

Colorado College students tracked noise pollution in Colorado Springs: https://gazette.com/woodmenedition/students-track-noise-pollution-in-colorado-springs/article_fd727610-b162-11e9-91a5-136ffda3124b.html


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:

Colorado College investigates and advocates for sustainability outcomes and issues unique to Rocky Mountain West through the State of the Rockies Project (https://www.coloradocollege.edu/stateoftherockies/) which seeks to increase public understanding of vital issues affecting the region. Through research, dissemination, and polling, the project advocates for state and regional (Rocky Mountain West) policies that support conservation agendas, water and forest resource use, wildfire policy, urbanization, and climate adaptation and readiness, among other issues.


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:
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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:

GlobeMed is a student organization that is dedicated to increasing the visibility and awareness of global health issues with the goal of improving health disparities around the world. GlobeMed advocates for issues regarding global health and health policy. Colorado College also sent a delegation of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and Board of Trustee members to attend COP24, the UN Climate Change Conference, in Poland in December of 2018.
In February 2019, Colorado College became a signatory of We Are Still In, which advocates for meeting America's climate pledge as outlined in the Paris Agreement.


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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