Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.52
Liaison Megan Varnadore
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Sonoma State University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Rinika Pulupudi
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities
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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:

Through the rebuilding efforts after the 2017 North Bay fires the campus has been working with the broader Norther bay communities to improve resilience through collaboration and planning. A specific workshop was held during the April 5, 2019 Sustainability Conference that engaged the broader community in mapping resilience for SSU and other agencies throughout the region.

SSU has been involved from the very beginning and a big partner with the SMART train and the Sonoma County Transit Authority last mile bike share program that would place electric bikes from the Rohnert Park and Cotati SMART train stops as well as on Sonoma State's campus. This would allow our students to not only use the e-bikes on and around campus but around the city of Rohnert Park.


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:

The California State University Board of Trustees adopted a comprehensive Sustainability Policy for the first time in 2014. The Policy was in development over a period of about five years and CSU campuses had sustainability staff participate in this policy development.


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:

In 2017, the CSU signed the We Are Still In pledge and coalition of over 1,400 cities, states, businesses, and universities who are standing together to maintain U.S. leadership on climate change and clean energy.
For more information, please visit: https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/news/Pages/CSU-Statement-on-Joining-%E2%80%98We-Are-Still-In%E2%80%99-Climate-Declaration.aspx

In addition, the CSU Office of the Chancellor staff and administrators contribute public comments and legislative bill analysis on behalf of CSU.


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):

Federal and state advocacy efforts are coordinated and consistent with positions taken by the CSU Board of Trustees. As such, the Board of Trustees takes a position on legislation that CSU campuses then follow.

Supporting and encouraging community participation in local initiatives such as:
Go local Sonoma County and free public transportation for students.


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

As a state entity, the campus does not make political donations.


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