Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.95
Liaison Chad Carwein
Submission Date Jan. 16, 2020

STARS v2.2

East Carolina University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 2.00 Chad Carwein
University Sustainability Manager
HSC Facilities Services
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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:

The University Sustainability Manager is very active in the local community and serves on multiple nonprofit boards and city government commissions. Since ECU is the largest employer and institution in our small (less than 100,000 people) community, our top administrators are often involved in local policy-making decisions. One example of our Chancellor providing explicit support for a public policy that would advance sustainability is the City of Greenville's application for a US DOT BUILD Grant. The proposed projects would complete an expansion of the greenway system, provide bicycle lanes and sidewalks on some high-traffic and much-needed roadways, and it would improve the bicycle and pedestrian safety in a low-income and underrepresented section of town. The Chancellor submitted a personal letter of support for this application for funding.


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:

The mission of the ECU Economic Development and Engagement Council (EDEC) is to be a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship and engagement (IEE) at ECU. The council accomplishes this by strengthening and promoting ECU’s IEE ecosystem and encouraging faculty, staff and students to engage in IEE activities and programs. Innovation, entrepreneurship and engagement activities include projects that directly affect communities, including assisting in the development of state legislation, writing policy briefs, receiving a patent, or assisting in curriculum development. While these activities need traditional academic scholarship to give them credibility, they differ from standard tenure track benchmarks like research grants and journal publications. The EDEC encourages faculty, staff and student researchers to engage in IEE activities in addition to traditional academic scholarship.

For example, with a focus on agriculture and aquaculture in eastern North Carolina, ECU’s data scientists – in association with N.C. State University and SAS – began an ongoing dialogue with farmers, agriculture representatives and community stakeholders about the stressors affecting the state’s farming industry. The collaboratory is interested in forming partnerships with agricultural leaders and university scientists to use big data and analytic tools to find new ways to alleviate issues faced by the region’s farming community. The first step of that plan? Work with farmers to identify issues holding back farming productivity, profitability and regional economic growth.


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?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the international level:
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A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years (if applicable):

N/A


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

N/A


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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Source: Chad Carwein, University Sustainability Manager

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