Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.82
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2015
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Linda Kogan
Office of Sustainability
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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:

2014 - University of Colorado supported Senate Bill 24-38.5-103. Creation of electric vehicle grant fund -for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.
2013 - UCCS supported LLS 13-0335 -- Track Utility Data High Performance State Building.

UCCS sent a representative and a letter of support from the chancellor to keep the Colorado Springs Sustainability and Innovation Office positions. It was ultimately unsuccessful.

UCCS has advocated with Colorado Springs Utilities and City Council for the availability of more renewable energy within the grid.

UCCS, through the Office of the Chancellor, publicly and formally supported the federal Higher Education Sustainability Act, which passed in 2008. UCCS was also engaged through the Office of Sustainability with giving feedback for the Colorado Senate Bill 07-51, which required State institutions receiving more than 25% of funding for new buildings and major renovations to build to LEED Gold standards.

UCCS does not have a formal mechanism for public policy advocacy on sustainability issues, but is willing to make comments on public sustainability issues that affect the university.

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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