Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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Pennsylvania State University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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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:

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 across the university. Some of the policies and programs that the Office of Governmental Affairs has promoted for Penn State in the last 3 years include:
Energy Appropriations - Department of Energy research programs:
- In support of increased funding for Office of Science.
- In support of funding for Basic Energy Sciences.
- In support of funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers.
- In support of funding for Fossil Energy Research.
- In support of funding for ARPA-E program. -
- In support of funding for energy efficient building systems research.

A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:

Penn State is a public institution for higher education, and as such does not take political positions as an institution.

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

Penn State is a public institution for higher education, and as such does not make political donations as an institution.

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

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