Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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University of California, Santa Cruz
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Elida Erickson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution advocate for national, state/provincial, 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, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

UC Santa Cruz has a Government Relations office comprised of two full-time employees. The office of Government Relations is responsible for working as a liaison between the University and federal, state, and local elected officials. The Government Relations staff ensures that the University's positions on critical issues are known to our campus's nine state legislators, four Congressional representatives, and 2 U.S. Senators. While most of the lobbying the UCSC Government Relations offices specifically relates to our overall academic mission, funding levels, or operational issues, there have been several bills and matters that the Government Relations office has worked on over the year related to sustainability.

The Government Relations office played a critical role and continues to participate in discussions between the partnership between local governments, elected officials, and the campus related to the Climate Action Compact agreement, which is an unprecedented pact between key community stakeholders to reduce our community's carbon emissions and create a more "green" economy. http://climateactioncompact.org

In addition to this local efforts, and in collaboration and coordination with the University of California's Office of the President and State Government Relations in Sacramento, UC and UCSC have taken positions of support on the following measures:

Monterey Bay Broadband Consortium and Bring Broad Band to the region - including areas which serve under-served communities.

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

UC Santa Cruz does not make political donations.

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