Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.79
Liaison Katharine Gross
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Lehigh University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 2.00 Jeannie Morris
Associate Director
Office of 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:

Lehigh University was involved in public policy advocacy for the pilot closure of Packer Ave to convert it to a pedestrian promenade. The University engaged the Bethlehem Mayor and advocated for the pedestrian promenade on Packer Ave to both improve the pedestrian experience on campus and for the local community. This policy was put to a vote and approved by the Bethlehem City Council. This advocacy and policy was supported by Lehigh University's senior leadership. This pilot also included input from community members in a public meeting and was done in an effort to advance community sustainability. Although approved, the closure of Packer Ave was delayed due to COVID-19, but is expected to happen in the coming months.


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?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the national level:
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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:
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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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Participation in public policy was not impacted by COVID-19 and therefore is representative of a normal year.

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