Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.18
Liaison Suzanne Wood
Submission Date April 3, 2020
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University of Massachusetts Medical School
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 2.00 Suzanne Wood
Sustainability & Energy Manager
Facilities Managment
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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?:
No

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:

Suzanne Wood, Sustainability and Energy manager, as well as representatives from Emergency Management, participated in stakeholder meetings on the development of a State Hazard Mitigation & Climate Adaptation Plan. In the sessions, we established climate adaption and hazard mitigation goals, actions, and priorities that furthered and strengthened the state's adaptation and mitigation across the Commonwealth. The plan was released in September of 2018.

UMass Medical School's Sustainability & Energy Manager is also an active member of the State's Leading by Example Council. Through meetings every other month and regular communication, the Leading by Example (LBE) Council supports and advises the LBE Program to further its impact. By providing feedback on program design, reviewing guidance documents, and piloting innovative strategies and products, this collective effort has reduced greenhouse gas emissions associated with state entities by 26% from baseline as of FY18.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
No

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:
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
Yes

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:

In June 2017, following the Trump Administration's announcement that the US would pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Chancellor Collins signed onto the "We Are Still In" Letter. It is an open letter to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement from U.S. state, local, and business leaders showing our institutional commitment to upholding the climate action goals set by the Paris Agreement.


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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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