Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.38
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Denison University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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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:

Denison partnered with Granville Township to develop new zoning ordinances to allow for the adoption of solar pv in the township for both residential and commercial systems.

Denison faculty and students in the ENVS program worked with the Village of Granville to evaluate the Village's comprehensive plan and to develop a framework to "green" the plan during its next review.


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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Denison participated in the Nature Conservancy's Clean and Green Report regarding how Ohio's companies are profiting from clean energy.

Report: https://www.nature.org/en-us/explore/newsroom/new-report-highlights-the-value-of-clean-energy-to-ohio-businesses/

Video: http://www.choosingcleanenergy.org/ohio/


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:

Denison's President has signed a letter with the Presidents of Kenyon, Oberlin, the College of Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan in support of DACA. That letter has been sent to our congressional representatives asking them to stand with us to safeguard this path to higher education by maintaining these protections.

The letter reads in part:

"DACA students – who have defied every obstacle in order to pursue education at our colleges and others around the state – are persistent, talented, and successful members of our academic communities. They grew up in our country, excelled in its high schools, and now stand ready to contribute to our nation. Cutting short their educations through threatened deportation denies them – and us – the promise of that future."

You can find the full letter at: https://denison.edu/news-events/featured/101325 or https://www.ohio5.org/announcement/five-colleges-ohio-presidents-advocate-permanent-legislative-solution-deferred-action

Denison also signed a public letter relating to the We're Still In movement regarding climate change. https://www.wearestillin.com/we-are-still-declaration


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:

Denison has signed a public letter relating to the We're Still In movement regarding climate change. https://www.wearestillin.com/we-are-still-declaration

Denison continues to be a supporter of Second Nature and all of the climate commitments it has.


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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Denison maintains an internal password protected website where most of this information resides. Public access web pages have limited information on this topic.

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