Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.06
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

Knox College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Deborah Steinberg
Director of Campus Sustainability Initiatives
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Knox College leadership worked closely with Galesburg city leadership to support changes to local transit services that better serve the Knox community, including changing the service times and routes. Knox senior leaders also advocated for changes to the downtown landscape, especially those within walking distance of the College; advocating for more walking paths and better lighting and signage throughout downtown. Knox College is a member of the Galesburg economic development organization.


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:

Knox College's government relations officer and students advocated for the state of Illinois' Monetary Award Program, which provides tuition grants to low-income students. Advocacy included letters to state representatives, as well as visits to their state offices, including the Governor's.


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:

Knox College's president and government relations officer met with and wrote letters to Congressional Representatives in support of DACA legislation to protect undocumented students, in support of an extension of the Perkins loan for low-income, first generation students, in support of renewed funding for TRIO, and in opposition to specific measures in the proposed PROSPER higher education bill. Knox's government relations officer also participated in Rep. Cheri Bustos' economic development forum to advocate on behalf of continued support for Pell grants, the Perkins loan, and other low-income, first generation student supports.


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):
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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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