Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.45
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2020

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Deepa Arora
Senior Director, Communications and Media Relations
University Marketing and Communications
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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:

The University has advocated for zoning revisions in the City of San Jose that support affordable housing with proximity to public transportation (e.g., Santa Clara CalTrain Station) to support the University's proposal for a new below-market-rate housing development for faculty and staff from SCU, Bellarmine High School, and Cristo Rey High School.


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:

Since 2012, the University's former President, Father Michael Engh S.J., has written several op-ed articles in response to proposed cuts to Cal Grant financing for students from low-income families. In the past year, the University has publicly advocated for AB-1307 Student financial aid: Cal Grant program, encouraging the campus community to contact their legislators.


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:

The University hosted a town hall event with presidential primary candidate Julian Castro, encouraging civic engagement with the national government.

Supporting access and affordability, the University advocated for Congress to assist our students and independent colleges and universities in any of the proposed COVID-19 bail out packages.


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:
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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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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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