Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.76
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Pennsylvania State University
PAE-24: Sustainability Policy Advocacy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Lydia Vandenbergh
Assoc. Dir. Employee Engagement & Education
Sustainability Institute
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Has the institution advocated for federal, state, and/or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability, including the issues, bills, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Penn State engages in public policy advocacy through the Office of Governmental Affairs, which is within the Office of the President, and therefore is authorized to speak for the entire university on matters of public policy. The office chooses the issues to engage in through interactions with senior administrators, deans, faculty and staff from around the university. Some of the policies and programs that the Office of Governmental Affairs has promoted for Penn State in the past year have included the following:

Energy
• Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act- Department of Energy research programs- Increased funding for Office of Science.
- In support of: funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers; Energy Innovation Hubs; funding for RE-ENERGYSE program; EERE project funding
• Interior and Environment Appropriations Act
- In support of EPA project funding
• Department of Energy
- In support of funding for a U.S. China Clean Energy Research Center
• In support of the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) proposal to DoE
Health Issues
• In support of H.R. 4872 – Reconciliation Act of 2010
• H.R. 3664
- In support of establishment of Healthcare Innovation Zone Pilot Program
• H.R. 3590 – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
• H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act
• America’s Health Future Act of 2009 (Senate Finance Committee) Science/Technology
• In support of the creation of Regional Innovation and Talent Hubs Transportation
• In support of continued funding for University Transportation Centers in the reauthorization of SAFETEA


The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts are available:

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