Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.17
Liaison Ian McKeown
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Loyola Marymount University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ian McKeown
Sustainability Officer
Facilities 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?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the municipal/local level:

With approval of top administration and. the university LMU's Sustainability office contributes to sustainability at the local level by working on policy and legislation Ex. Reducing single use plastics within the community such as straws. The Sustainability Office has also spoken to government officials including the los angels buisnes council to advocate for green energy, recycling, composting, bike access. just to name a few we meet with local and state legislation to advocate for these causes. .

The university has worked with Recycle La to support recycling system improvements in Los Angeles.

Worked on plastic pollution studies with 5 gyres.

We are apart of the la business council working with the sustainability committee for the city

With support of senior leadership The Center for Urban Resilance. Advocated for restoration of wetlands. Once the Ballona EIR was approved and certified, our Center submitted a letter of support and joined hundreds of other organizations and individuals in working towards a restored Ballona Wetlands. We also support open, regulated trail systems for Angelenos and for underserved populations and indigenous Gabrielino Tongva community to have access outside of permitted tours. These tours are offered by Friends of Ballona Wetlands, Los Angeles Audubon, and other organizations, who cannot keep up with the need for unrestricted access by Californians who paid to make the Ballona Wetlands an Ecological Reserve. You can also read our comments in local news sources. This advocacy to local goverments to support our preserves.


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:

The university works with Cal Recycle to support recycling efforts and recycling legislation. We have also received grants, presented at conferences, and have networked with political leaders.

Signed support for California energy savings to support statewide programs to reduce energy use through energy upgrade california and will attend gov climate summit for solutions.

With support of senior leadership The Center for Urban Resilance. Advocated for restoration of wetlandAs part of our San Bernardino Climate Organizations Project, we completed an inventory and map of 79 organizations engaged in activities related to climate adaptation and resilience for San Bernardino County. Read our Report on San Bernardino Climate Adaptation Organizations or visit our map. A tool to work with the region on advocacy for climate adaptation


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:

President Timothy Law Snyder participated along with the university in calling for the U.S. to uphold and continue DACA. LMU offered legal suport, and offered/met with local and National U.S. leaders on the issue.

https://president.lmu.edu/media/letters/westandwithourdreamers/
https://www.lls.edu/thellsdifference/facesoflls/loyolaimmigrantjusticeclinicaidsdacarecipients/

The University is part of the Jesuit Consortium of 28 universities. This consortium may at times discuss RI and how to work together to proactively create change.

The university is committed to advancing sustainability regularly as a result of LMU's Climate Action Plan signed by the university president.


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:

The University is a signatory to the UN supported Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI). The PRI is an international organization that serves as a framework for investors to better engage with PRI topics including initiating actions with companies, reporting, and joining collaborative groups.

On behalf of relationships with LMU, professors also work on international UN goals including topics on food, health, and climate.

With support of top school officials and management Loyola Marymount along with the Business school advocates for climate change in the followings ways
“This designation puts LMU on the global map as an active participant in international climate change conversations,” said Roberta Espinoza, LMU vice provost for global-local initiatives. “It’s an ideal opportunity to connect our well-established academic programs and partners with our new transdisciplinary initiatives for students and faculty to maximize our impact on one of the most urgent global issues of our time.” LMU’s designation as a UNFCCC non-governmental organization observer will allow the university to organize delegations of accredited students and faculty members to participate in the annual U.N. Conference of the Parties that rotates between member countries. We have joined adbvocating for a low carbon future and adaptation,.

with support of top leadership hosts summit with energy upgrade california Global Climate Action Summit taking place September 12-14th in San Francisco, the Sustainable Development Goals, Energy Upgrade California (EUC), and how you can advocate for climate action. Speakers include Dr. Cristina Tirado (LMU Environmental Science), Dr. Eric Strauss (LMU Center for Urban Resilience, LMU Biology), representatives from EUC, Green LMU, and students who are leading the way forward on sustainable lifestyles.in which we signed aggrments for climate reduction and advocated for global resiliance solutions


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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