Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.09
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Iowa State University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Merry Rankin
ISU Director of Sustainability
Facilities Planning & Management
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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, 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 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:

Iowa State University heavily advocates for Biobased chemical platform advancement in order to strengthen academic and economic development within the institution and state.

Iowa State and the Iowa Innovation Council have lobbied and continue to advocate for the expansion of several existing programs incorporated by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) including:

- Refundable Research Activities Credit
https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/Research

- Proof of Commercial Relevance (POCR) program
https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/POCR

- Demonstration Fund
https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/Demo

- Iowa Innovation Acceleration Fund
https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/SSBCIInnovation

- The Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Outreach Program
https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/innovationcorp

- Angel Investor Tax Credits
https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/aspx/tools/programDetails.aspx?pid=92&ppid=35

- Innovation Fund Tax Credits
https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/innovationcredit

- High-Quality Jobs Program
https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/HQJ

- Renewable Chemicals Production Tax Credit
https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/RenewableChem


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:

The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry committee held a hearing on rural development and energy programs for the 2018 farm bill. The first panel included testimony by several Agriculture Department officials who outlined agency efforts to provide broadband service to rural communities, improve the electric grid, and invest in renewable energy projects. The second panel included testimony by rural business stakeholders representing Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia, South Dakota, Iowa, and Michigan. Iowa was represented by Dr. Brent Shanks, Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Director of the NSF’s Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals, who outlined top priorities for the farm bill and the importance of federal grants on rural development projects.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?434805-1/hearing-focuses-rural-development-energy-programs


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:

Iowa State University is one of 3,500 cities, states, and business institutions that have signed the 'We Are Still In' pledge to uphold the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement.


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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