|Submission Date||May 1, 2014|
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy
Director of Sustainability Integration
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:
Middlebury wrote letters to Vermont Legislators in support of the Higher Education Sustainability Act and we have a formally designated administrator who regularly informs and advocates for sustainability issues with the Vermont congressional delegation. Middlebury has also supported student sustainability advocacy in many instances.
There have been several public policy-linked environmental studies senior seminars. 2013 projects included policy development in support of a carbon-pricing mechanism for the state and a series of podcasts that grappled with the ability of the public to engage in the Vermont Public Service Board process regarding energy development proposals. In 2011 students researched dams in Vermont and presented their recommendations for removal vs. conversion to hydropower development to the state legislature. A 2010 project wrote and advanced legislation about drinking-water well testing that passed the House and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committees but was ultimately vetoed by the governor.
A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:
A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):
The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts is available: