Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.70
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Sept. 22, 2014
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University of Colorado Boulder
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jennifer Korbelik
University Liaison
City of Boulder
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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:

The University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder maintains an active role in the distribution, tracking, development, testimony and analysis of state, federal, and local sustainability policies and legislation. A few examples of such legislation/policies include, but are not limited to: green buildings, renewable energy standards for solar certification, Colorado SmartGrid task force, community solar gardens, and solid waste user fees.

Additionally, CU is part of a joint resolution between CU, The City of Boulder, The Boulder Valley School District and Boulder County to enhance and formalize collaborative efforts between the organizations to further environmental sustainability in the Boulder region.

At CU-Boulder, we actively promote environmental sustainability in the state of Colorado and around the world. Through a combination of student activism, academic programming, and faculty service, we reach out to the world in ways that enrich both the Boulder campus and the communities we serve around the globe.

- INVST Community Leadership Program
The INVST Community Leadership Program combines academics with activism, for CU undergraduates who are interested in social and environmental justice. The Community Leadership Program (CLP) is a life-altering educational experience that exposes students to what is, and cultivates them as leaders to work for what could be.

- INVST's Youth Council for Public Policy at CU-Boulder
The Youth Council for Public Policy allows college and high school students to learn and serve together with civic leaders. Created in collaboration with former Colorado State Senator Dorothy Rupert, the Youth Council is a non-partisan program designed to engage young people in the democratic process as responsible citizens

- Conference on World Affairs
Founded in 1948, the Conference is a yearly tradition on the Boulder campus that attracts over 90,000 in attendance. Each April, 100 participants from a wide array of disciplines come to Boulder for five days of events on the arts, media, science, diplomacy, technology, environment, spirituality, politics, business, medicine

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):


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

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