Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.54
Liaison Kevin Miller
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Goshen College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Kevin Miller
Sustainability Coordinator
Advancement
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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:

Goshen College and students, staff, and faculty associated with the college have been
active in sustainable policy at the local level in several capacities.
In 2019, GC President Rebecca Stoltzfus collaborated with Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and lobbied the City Council for the creation of a department of environmental resilience for the City of Goshen; and GC provided financial support to help launch the initiative, which was subsequently approved by City Council.
Additionally, Goshen College students spoke in support of a climate action resolution at a Goshen City Council public hearing in May 2019. The resolution subsequently passed.
Then in the Fall of 2019, GC students read a statement of support at the final public hearing vote to establish a new department of Environmental Resilience, an ordinance which also passed.
Also in 2019, Goshen College hosted the Indiana Climate Leadership Summit, an “annual, statewide conference specially designed for mayors, city leaders, and community partners to discuss how to prepare for the changing climate.”

Indiana Climate Leadership Summit: https://www.earthcharterindiana.org/climate-leadership-
summit


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:
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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:

In June 2017, then President Brenneman joined other college presidents, mayors, governors and business leaders by signing an open letter to declare our institutional commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement, despite recent withdrawal by the federal government. https://www.goshen.edu/news/2017/06/26/president-brenneman-signs-letter-stating-still-paris-climate-agreement/
We Are Still In: https://www.wearestillin.com/


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:

["We Are Still In" commitment described above.]


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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