Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Ciara Tennis
Submission Date Nov. 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Connecticut State University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00
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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:
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level:

Eastern's President Elsa Nunez, through her active participation as Chair of Second Nature's Climate Leadership Steering Committee, has advocated, with other university presidents, for strong public policies on climate change at the regional level, including the following:
October 2020 - President Nunez signed a letter to urge states (including CT's Governor) to join in the MOU to participate in the Transportation Climate Initiative.
July 2020 - President Nunez moderated a virtual discussion on climate change, featuring former Sen. John Kerry and MIT President Rafael Reif.
July 2020 - President Nunez signed a letter with 28 other businesses, business associations, and institutions from across New England to support responsibly-developed offshore wind.

In addition, The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University participates in the development of state-level (Connecticut) policies that advance state-wide sustainability. The Executive Director of ISE (who reports to the university president) was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Governor’s Council on Climate Change from 2016-2018. The Council is charged with identifying interim GHG targets for Connecticut and identify strategies to meet CT’s goal of 80% reductions in GHG emissions by 2050. In December 2018, the Council released its report for achieving the state's greenhouse gas emissions goals. https://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/climatechange/publications/building_a_low_carbon_future_for_ct_gc3_recommendations.pdf. In 2021, the Executive Director of ISE is serving on a working group called "Policy on Resilient Forests for Connecticut’s Future" to develop recommendations for the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.


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:

The President of Eastern Elsa Nunez has signed and participated in We Are Still In. See Eastern's page here: https://www.wearestillin.com/organization/eastern-connecticut-state-university


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

Eastern CT State University is a state agency and does not make political donations.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability advocacy efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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https://secondnature.org/media/higher-education-institutions-urge-the-biden-administration-to-support-a-strong-2030-u-s-climate-target/

Information for this credit was provided by Lynn Stoddard, Former Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, and reviewed by Patty Szczys, Director of the Institute for Sustainability.

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