Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.91
Liaison Elizabeth Swiman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Florida State University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
1.33 / 2.00 Kathy Mears
Chief Legislative Officer
Government Relations
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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:

The Capital Area Sustainability Compact (CASC) exists to provide a platform for the Capital Area’s largest local organizations to coordinate and cooperate on activities that contribute to the sustainability of the member organizations and the community. These activities include:

-Creating a framework to facilitate an alliance among Compact signatories to address issues and explore joint solutions related to the environmental, social, and economic pillars of sustainability.
-Developing and sharing innovative strategies, technologies, and best practices in institutional and community sustainability.
-Leveraging the multi-sector collaborative power of member organizations to extend learning and advance sustainability efforts.

The CASC was signed by the FSU President in addition to other high energy consumers in Tallahassee including the City of Tallahassee and Leon County Government. Through this recently developed Compact, signatories will advocate for and strive toward minimizing energy usage, sustainable energy, climate action, reduction of greenhouse gases, fostering resilience, and driving sustainability in our Capitol Area.

FSU faculty, staff, and student representatives sit on a number of City of Tallahassee and Leon County committees and advisory boards, including the Capital Region Transport Planning Agency (developing joint city-county bike-ped master plan) and the Leon County Science Advisory Committee.
The City of Tallahassee and Leon County have a joint planning department for comprehensive planning, land use/zoning, urban design, etc. FSU engages heavily with the City of Tallahassee and Leon County at every level through joint participation in community engagement, capital projects, funding, design and construction. For example, bike-lane campus community connectivity, infrastructure such as a regional stormwater facility, and utility planning (granting of easements, programming future needs, etc).

https://www.facilities.fsu.edu/depts/planningMan/Documents/MP_docs/GOP/2018/12.%20Intergovernmental%20Coordination.pdf

http://www2.leoncountyfl.gov/Committees/Committees/Committee/1110


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:

Advocate for Florida State is the official way that FSU faculty and staff can advocate on behalf of positions taken by the University during the state legislative process. The Office of Governmental Relations is the liaison between all levels of government and The Florida State University community. Special emphasis is placed on monitoring the Florida legislative process. Recent focus has been on social issues pertinent to the state of Florida, including NO Guns on Campus and protections for DACA/Dreamer students.


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

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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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