Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.98
Liaison Briar Schoon
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Portland Community College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Stephania Fregosi
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management Services
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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?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the municipal/local level:
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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:
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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:

PCC is a member of Second Nature and President Mitsui sits on the Second Nature Steering Committee. PCC is a member of We Are Still In (WASI), which is a joint declaration of support for climate action, signed by more than 3,900 CEOs, mayors, governors, tribal leaders, college presidents, faith leaders, health care executives, and others. The organizations they represent comprise the largest and most diverse coalition of actors ever established in pursuit of climate action in the United States. He has also sat on the WASI Leadership Circle since May, 2018. President Mitsui signed onto the most recent letter: We Are All In: U.S. Communities, Businesses, and Institutions are Ready for a National Mobilization on Climate and Recovery letter in December, 2020. President Mitsui also signed onto the Climate Action Now support letter in April, 2019. President Mitsui also signed onto a Call for Action for Higher Education Leadership: Guiding Principles for Accelerating Equitable and Just Climate Solutions in January, 2019.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the international level:

PCC and President Mitsui participated in two international UN Climate Change Conferences: COP23 and COP25. During both conferences, President Mitsui presented on U.S. higher education efforts in climate action, with a focus on community colleges’ commitments. Mitsui was one of three panelists in a session titled, “U.S. Higher Education Institutions: Forces for Global Climate Action.” He was joined by panelists Dianne Harrison (president of Cal State-Northridge) and David Finegold (president of Chatham University). He highlighted the key role that universities and community colleges play in performing critical research in climate science and clean technology, technology transfer, workforce development, and the nurturing of the next generation of leaders in climate action and sustainability. Mitsui also joined WASI at the U.S. Climate Action Center to demand action on climate change and demonstrate, on an international level, that the U.S. continues to make strides on climate action despite the absence of U.S. federal leadership.


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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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability advocacy efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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