Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.24
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Louisville
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Justin Mog
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
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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:

The entirety of the Campus Community (all email addresses on our servers) received this email within a week of the 2018 election, urging recipients to participate in humanistic rational thinking. This email identifies a local issue that directly effected advocacy in the Louisville community.

"To the Campus Community:

Many of us have experienced a range of emotions from shock to sadness to outrage by the hate crimes that have taken place with the shootings and killing of innocent victims at the Kroger store in Louisville and the synagogue in Pittsburgh. Although historically and over the past several years, there have been many other lives that have been lost to senseless shootings, we should never be silent in expressing our sympathy to the family and loved ones of those whose lives were taken. Nor can we be silent regarding our commitment to join in the fight against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, ethnocentrism, and other “isms” that are the antitheses of inclusion, social justice, fairness, equity and the tenets on which this country was built.

This means that we must speak against policies that seek to repress, exclude and deny the rights of others. These would include the proposed policy that would define gender at birth, acts that separate immigrant children from their parents and the deployment of military to stop immigrants who traveled thousands of miles to seek freedom and opportunities from entering this country. I encourage all of us to stand collectively and individually for the values that lead us to a more just and inclusive society.

Mordean Taylor-Archer
Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs"


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 of Louisville and UofL Campus Health Services are members of the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, a diverse group of stakeholders who have formed a statewide organization speaking with a single voice to improve Kentucky’s health by reducing tobacco use and protecting Kentuckians from the dangers of secondhand smoke and other tobacco-related emissions. Members commit to publicly support Coalition goals, including enacting comprehensive smoke-free workplace policies, raising tobacco taxes by $1/pack or more, and helping make smoking cessation programs available and accessible in Kentucky communities and workplaces.


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:

On November 17, 2017, UofL Interim President, Greg Postel, sent a formal letter to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (KY) expressing the university's grave concerns about the proposed Senate tax reform bill, as well as H.R. 1 (The Tax Cut and Jobs Act). The concern was that the bills would impact higher education Affordability and Diversity by substantially impeding the ability of low and middle income families to afford higher education.

Additionally, within a week of the 2018 election, the entirety of the Campus Community (all email addresses on our servers) received this email, urging recipients to participate in humanistic rational thinking at the national level. This email identifies at least two specific national movements that it opposes in the last paragraph.

"To the Campus Community:

Many of us have experienced a range of emotions from shock to sadness to outrage by the hate crimes that have taken place with the shootings and killing of innocent victims at the Kroger store in Louisville and the synagogue in Pittsburgh. Although historically and over the past several years, there have been many other lives that have been lost to senseless shootings, we should never be silent in expressing our sympathy to the family and loved ones of those whose lives were taken. Nor can we be silent regarding our commitment to join in the fight against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, ethnocentrism, and other “isms” that are the antitheses of inclusion, social justice, fairness, equity and the tenets on which this country was built.

This means that we must speak against policies that seek to repress, exclude and deny the rights of others. These would include the proposed policy that would define gender at birth, acts that separate immigrant children from their parents and the deployment of military to stop immigrants who traveled thousands of miles to seek freedom and opportunities from entering this country. I encourage all of us to stand collectively and individually for the values that lead us to a more just and inclusive society.

Mordean Taylor-Archer
Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs"


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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