Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.26
Liaison Jennifer deHart
Submission Date March 22, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Unity College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Stacey Hachey
Administrative Assistant
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?:
Yes

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:

During the reporting period, the Unity College president officially assigned a liaison to the Economic Development Committee for the town of Unity. The liaison was a voting member of the EDC, a committee that works towards sustainable economic development. The Unity liaison advocated for distribution of tax funds to support market development of the rural town, to support new business development through a grant program, and advocated for converting street lights to efficient LEDs.


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:
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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:

In November, 2015, President Khoury signed on to support the American Campuses Act on Climate (ACAC), a White House initiative to amplify the voice of the higher-ed community in support of a strong international climate agreement in the United Nations COP21 climate negotiations in Paris. In the fall of 2016, President Khoury signed on to the We Are Still In campaign, to "demonstrate America’s enduring commitment to delivering on the promise of the Paris Agreement and America’s contribution to it." In addition, Dr. Khoury is in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Circle as a signatory to the Put a Price On It campaign.


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 college engages through public statements, advocaccy, and direct action when appropriate.


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

[We moved this to an Innovation credit - The Sustainability Office and Student Activities teamed up to send a bus of students to the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. in April 2017]


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

Political donations are not allowed per IRS rules for 501(c)(3) organizations.


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