Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.83
Liaison Mary Beth McGrew
Submission Date March 10, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Cincinnati
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Daniel Hart
Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
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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:

UC regularly advocates to advance sustainability-related policies and programs in Cincinnati. One example is then-UC President Santa Ono's advocacy on behalf of a new transit option in the City, the Bell Connector streetcar (see http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/03/16/ono-bring-streetcar-uc/81859896/ and http://www.newsrecord.org/news/sg-supports-cincinnati-streetcar-expansion-to-uptown/article_db9e5e16-a204-11e6-8ba0-5ff1472afcca.html.) Another example: UC weighed in in support of problem-oriented policing, a strategy for increasing social justice and equity and improving community relations with the Cincinnati police department, and worked closely with the City government to support such efforts (see http://www.uc.edu/news/nr.aspx?id=22031). One additional innovative program which also results in advocacy for local sustainability initiatives is The Cincinnati Project: see http://magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/recent_features/cincinnatiproject.html.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
Yes

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:

UC intervened when, in 2014 SCR25 threatened to ban LEED certification in Ohio. In her role as UC's liaison to the local chapter of the USGC and as chair of that chapter, University Architect and Senior Vice President MaryBeth McGrew worked with others not only to express UC's support for the LEED program but to develop a letter writing campaign by some of Ohio's largest companies to oppose the bill and maintain LEED as a tool for public schools in Ohio. The campaign was ultimately successful in defeating the legislation. (See documentation attached below for more information.)


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:

One example of this is UC's participation in the Second Nature Carbon Commitment, which advocates for support for sustainability by the Department of Education, the White House, and other federal offices and agencies.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
Yes

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:

Again, UC's participation in the Second Nature Carbon Commitment, which advocates for for continued US participation in the Paris Climate Agreement.


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):
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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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