Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.81
Liaison Michael Mendoza
Submission Date Jan. 4, 2019
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University of Houston
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Michael Mendoza
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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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?:
No

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:
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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:

The University advocates for support and funding of exceptional items in Texas Legislative House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1, specifically the funding for the Energy Research Cluster to concentrate on environmental issues, such as ecology and conservation, through discovery and recovery of fuels and alternative fuels and through particle physics and space radiation. The components of this cluster are closely tied to the university’s Strategic Energy Alliance's four major thrusts: advancing fossil fuels, leading systems integration, driving alternatives and renewables, and promoting energy conservation and environmental sustainability. The cluster, drawing on both its researchers’ diverse strengths and the university’s opportune location in the global energy capital, aims to solve some of the world’s greatest energy challenges and provide leadership and vision to industry and government.


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:

April 10, 2018 - Signed onto a letter of support with other agencies and institutions of higher education in support of FY19 funding for ARPA-E, whose research funding focuses on energy challenges that could radically improve U.S. economic prosperity, national security, and environmental well-being.

https://bpcaction.org/open-letter-universities-businesses-ngos-support-fy19-arpa-e-funding/


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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
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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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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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