Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.30
Liaison Nicholas Liu-Sontag
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
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New York University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

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Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nicholas Liu-Sontag
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Sustainability
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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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

NYU frequently works with local leaders and testifies before hearings to advocate for more sustainable policies in New York City. For example, in December 2018 CSO Cecil Scheib testified before the New York City Committee on Environmental Protection in support of legislation aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to buildings in the city. This testimony ultimately influenced the creation of New York City's Climate Mobilization Act, which was passed in 2019 and sets carbon limits for tens of thousands of buildings in New York City.

The testimony can be read in full here: https://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/govCommunAffairs/documents/Government/Cecil_NYU_Testimony_on_GHG_Emissions_2018.12.04_FINAL.pdf


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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

NYU frequently works with state and regional leaders and testifies before hearings to advocate for more sustainable policies in New York. For example, in February 2019 CSO Cecil Scheib testified before the New York Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation in support of the progressive Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which was passed in 2019.

The testimony can be read in full here:
https://s18798.pcdn.co/sustainability-nyusustainablog/wp-content/uploads/sites/2865/2019/04/NYU-Testimony-on-CCPA-2.14.19_Final.pdf

NYU actively advocates for funding to support New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) programs that work with industries, including higher education, to implement sustainability practices at their institutions. The University also works closely with the Governor’s staff as a member of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative that supports a comprehensive statewide energy plan.


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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

NYU has supported the National March for Science through the NYU Office of Sustainability Green Grants program as well as the University's donations to support the national efforts of the organization. The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. They are a diverse, nonpartisan group that calls for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. Many of their efforts focus on supporting science focused on climate change and finding solutions to this challenge.

NYU also joined the "We Are Still In" campaign in which signatories from across America representing businesses, universities, government leaders, and individuals pledge to continue the global commitment of the Paris Agreement to reduce global emission which impact climate change. NYU supports these efforts to reduce emissions through numerous initiatives, and this pledge reinforces the University's commitment to sustainability.

At the federal level, NYU advocates for research funding that goes into all aspects of research, including sustainability. As an example, NYU has advocated for National Science Foundation funding that supports climate change research.


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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
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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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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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