Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.04
Liaison Shoshana Blank
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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Tufts University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 2.00 Rocco DiRico
Director
Community Relations
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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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Tufts University works closely with municipal/local leaders. If there is legislation and/or ordinances that would impact our campus, we contact our local elected officials and/or attend meetings to weigh in on these issues.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

The University hosts Community Resilience Building workshops and invites local/state leaders to participate.
The University hosts sustainability leaders like Al Gore on campus and invites local stakeholders to those lectures.


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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

The University regularly hosts government officials from the national level on campus. Our faculty, staff, and students are given the opportunity to meet with these leaders and ask questions about public policies.

In 2017, Tufts signed onto the We Are Still In coalition, a group of over 2,800 corporations, non-profits, states, cities, colleges, and universities who pledge to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement despite the U.S. backing out in 2017.

In February 2018, Tufts and the Woods Hole Research Center signed an agreement to collaborate on research and design for national policies concerning climate change and in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. https://whrc.org/whrc-signs-agreement-with-tufts-to-advance-national-climate-policies/


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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

The Fletcher School at Tufts University regularly hosts international leaders on sustainability and opens these lectures to the public.
The University sent a delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in December of 2018 as well as COP 23 in 2017.


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

The University is interested in and supports organizations that advocate on behalf of higher education for federal legislation related to higher education including research and financial aid.


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

The University doesn’t give political donations. It is prohibited by federal law.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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