Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Massachusetts Lowell
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Fern MacKinnon
Director of Study Abroad and International Experiences
Office of the Provost
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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?:
Yes

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 Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell provides resources and tools to help make the Commonwealth a safer and more sustainable place to live and work. Established by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) of 1989, TURI collaborates with businesses, community organizations and government agencies to reduce the use of toxic chemicals, protect public health and the environment, and increase competitiveness of Massachusetts businesses. TURI works closely with its partner agencies, the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, to assist in policy development related to toxic chemicals. Key activities include managing the work of the TURA Science Advisory Board, working with the TURA Advisory Committee, and providing policy recommendations to the TURA Administrative Council. TURI develops detailed policy analyses for the designation of Higher and Lower Hazard Substances under the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act, among other activities. It is important to note that while TURI advances sustainability through policy development, TURI does not advocate for the passage of legislation.

A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:
NA

A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):
NA

The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts is available:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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