Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.45
Liaison Bambi Ingram
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Alabama at Birmingham
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 2.00 Julie Price
Sustainability Coordinator
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:
In October 2019, the Birmingham City Council passed an ordinance that establishes a non-smoking Health District on Birmingham’s Southside. The ordinance mandates that smoking will be prohibited on public property – including city streets and sidewalks within the Health District.

UAB instituted a non-smoking policy in place in 2015 and the institution began to champion the idea of a health district to promote health and wellness, including tobacco cessation, clean air and walkability as part our recently launched a Grand Challenge – Healthy Alabama 2030: Live HealthSmart – with the goal of significantly improving the health of Alabamians. UAB President and Southern Research Interim CEO Ray L. Watts stated “This Health District is one of the many initiatives we will advance through our unique ability to make our state healthier through our focus on education, research, innovation and economic development, patient care and community service."

UAB's campus and healthcare facilities comprise 100 blocks of the Health District. UAB top administrators initiated planning for the ordinance in 2015 when it designated campus and healthcare facilities as no-smoking zones, and
then developed a coalition of partner organizations to request the ordinance from Birmingham's City Council.

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?:
No

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:
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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:
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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):
N/A

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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