Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.69
Liaison Elizabeth Drake
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Swarthmore College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Aurora Winslade
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level:

In 2019, Swarthmore joined other institutions and businesses in Pennsylvania to urge state leaders to accelerate a low-carbon future. Specifically, the College and other signatories called on state lawmakers to enact market-based solutions to reduce carbon and accelerate the transition to renewable energy.


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:

Swarthmore has taken a leadership role in advocating for carbon pricing policy at the national level. This includes President Valerie Smith's endorsement and championing of the Put A Price On It campaign, which advocates for national carbon pricing legislation.


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:

In 2017, President Valerie Smith joined over 180 leaders in higher education and over 1,000 leaders in the U.S. in declaring their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. The signatories of We Are Still In are delivering concrete emissions reductions that will help meet America’s emissions pledge under the Paris Agreement, despite the federal government’s decision to withdraw from this international climate accord.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Outside of the institution, student groups often advocate for federal, state, or local policies that advance sustainability. These student community groups include Sunrise and Swat Put A Price On It. https://www.swarthmore.edu/sustainability/student-community-groups

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