Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 62.73
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2011
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Tufts University
PAE-24: Sustainability Policy Advocacy

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Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution advocated for federal, state, and/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, bills, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Tufts University has a history of advocating for sustainability in public policy, beginning with a letter sent to then-President George Bush in 2001 calling for a truly innovative energy policy. This letter was signed by the presidents of 40 colleges and universities. For a copy, see sustainability.tufts.edu/downloads/Bush.PDF.

Today, Tufts advocates in many ways. Bill Moomaw and other faculty members frequently testify before congress and other state bodies. Members of the Tufts community frequently comment on public policy--education, housing, environment, and the like--in major news publications and published research. Other faculty members participate in rule making bodies or advisory groups, such as the Boston Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee and the DEP stormwater regulations group. Numerous Tufts alums are in policy making roles at the DEP, EPA, and in the federal government.

The student group Students for a Just and Stable Future works with others from around the state (http://justandstable.org/) to lobby the Massachusetts government to switch to 100% clean energy.

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

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