Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date July 11, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Smith College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ruth Constantine
Vice President
Finance and Administration
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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:
"Smith works with city officials, area residents and the parents of students to understand the various safety needs for pedestrians and bicyclists and on specific projects to encourage the Smith community and the people of Northampton to trade in their vehicles for more sustainable alternatives when traveling around town, in addition to increasing overall safety. Encouraging bicycle use has been an important focus for Smith's collaborations with the community toward becoming more sustainable. Smith College was awarded the Trail Neighbor award by the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways organization in 2011 for support of the bicycle trails, most notably funding new crosswalks and bike lanes, providing pro-bono assistance with the creation of maps for the organization's brochure, formalizing existing trails, and investigating the process of creating new trails, coordinated and supported by Smith staff and faculty and included as part of an Engineering design clinic project in the school's engineering program. All of these efforts have helped in supporting sustainability efforts within the community. "

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

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

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