Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.55
Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date June 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Middlebury College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jack Byrne
Director of Sustainability Integration
Environmental Affair
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 College joined the White House American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge supporting strong action on climate change by world leaders attending the world climate talks held in Paris in December 2015.

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:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.