Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.84
Liaison Adrienne Schwarte
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2016
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Maryville College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Adrienne Schwarte
Associate Professor of Design, Coordinator of Sustainability Studies Minor
Fine Arts & Sustainability Studies
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Does the institution advocate for national, state/provincial, or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability?:

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

The institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability in a variety of different ways. Maryville College is part of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Associations (TICUA) which work collectively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional development to better serve the state and its citizens. The college sends representatives to two lobbying days hosted by TICUA to lobby for issues pertaining to public policy and the College.
Maryville College is also an advocate for environmental issues, particularly issues pertaining to environmentally friendly ordinances and issues pertaining to our college woods. The college advocates for the ordinances such as pervious pavement policies for the local area. The College also conducts research for management and sustainability on the 140-acre woods located on the campus. In 2000 the college advocated and obtained certification for the woods to become a Stewardship Forest.

The College also advocates for social sustainability through social justice with the Bonner scholarship program here on campus. Bonner scholarships are awarded to students who do 40 or more hours of community service each month.

A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:

The College has not taken any political positions in the last three years. The college did sign on to the American Campuses Act on Climate White House Pledge in 2015 along with over 130 other colleges and universities.

A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):

The college has made donations to independent groups who may or may not have funded political parties through Pacs or Super Pacs.

The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts is available:

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