Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.42
Liaison Ellen Vaughan
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Northern Arizona University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ellen Vaughan
Manager
Office of 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:

Northern Arizona University engages in public policy discussions directly through the Office of the President, Community Affairs and the Office of External Affairs and Partnerships. While NAU’s efforts at the federal level are primarily through participation in national organizations, NAU faculty involved in sustainability education and research also regularly make presentations to elected officials at all levels of government on issues including land management, forest restoration and water quality and assurance. This information is often referenced by policy makers during legislative hearings and public statements. A prime example of this interaction includes the Ecological Restoration Institute funded in part by the U.S. Forest Service to assist in land management planning and education materials. The ERI participated in an orientation session for newly elected state officials this year and continues to offer its research as a resource to local, state and federal officials. NAU is very active with local and regional issues affecting the communities we serve. Important to sustainability efforts and NAU’s astronomy research, NAU has been a vocal participant in dark sky regulations at the local and state level. This has included advocacy for maintaining the current light restrictions related to billboards and other polluters at the state level, and working with the city and business organizations on responsible local ordinances.


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:

Explanation above


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:

Explanation above


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):

NAU's government affairs team looks positively on sustainability policy measures and works to provide information on the impacts of such policies as opposed to advocating for or against them.

Other political positions the university has recently taken include advocating for student funding, advocating for capital infrastructure and advocating for a performance funding system.


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

NAU does not make political contributions/donations.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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