Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.77
Liaison Andrew Porter
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Cincinnati
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
1.33 / 2.00 Erin LeFever
Asst 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:

UC's Sustainability Coordinator sits on the board of the City of Cincinnati Environmental Advisory Council in his professional capacity (i.e., as an official designee of the University and its interests and policy positions, as appointed by UC's Presidents Advisory Council on Environment and Sustainability). In this manner, UC helped to develop and promote a "Complete Streets Policy" for Cincinnati, which is proposed to improve the health and safety of the city of Cincinnati residents by providing multiple, accessible methods of transportation and facilitating the use of alternative modes of transportation. Additionally, through this channel, UC weighed in on the Cincinnati Proposed FY 2030 Budget, to oppose a proposed funding cut to the City's office of Environment and Sustainability.


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:

UC joined the Cincinnati 2030 district, advocating for sustainability throughout the tri-state region. Cincinnati's 2030 district is a membership organization facilitated by Green Umbrella. This partnership gives UC the opportunity to be involved in the creation of region-wide policies as the district pushes towards its goals of 50% reduction in building energy use, water consumption, transportation GHG emissions, and occupant wellness--for example in regard to state building codes and RPS standards in Ohio and Kentucky. The Cincinnati 2030 district is unique in that is covers more than the city and reaches throughout the region including into Northern Kentucky by adding Northern Kentucky University to the district.


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:
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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:
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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):
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability advocacy efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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