Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.55
Liaison Michelle Larkins
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Pacific University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 2.00 Michelle Larkins
Director of the CSS
Center for a Sustainable Society
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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:

At the local level, Pacific University serves on the Forest Grove Sustainability Commission, and on the Fernhill Wetlands Council. We are an ex-officio member of the FGSC, but do hold several committee seats. During the reporting year, we have advocated for bike shares in our community; for a community food assessment; for ordinances and awareness campaigns to support homeless persons in our community-- including through the Temporary Emergency Shelter; and by supporting the community Knowledge Pubs which are public meetings on sustainability topics. Our Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences-- which is our largest college-- has a designated seat on the Fernhill Wetlands Council, an municipal board that oversees the health and restoration of a 700 acre wetland in Washington County. This is a partnership between the community, the University, and the local water utility provider. The primary issues we advocate for are the conservation of water, mitigating agricultural run-off (to help salmon refugia) and the science behind recycle water.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
No

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:
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
No

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:
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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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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