Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.97
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date March 13, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Miami
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainability Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
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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:

City of Coral Gables

UM has been a total supporter of the first ban on polystyrene and plastic bag in South Florida municipalities. UM has been one of the first major city's partner to comply with and promote the ordinance. The University participated in the making of both ordinances through meetings with the City Attorney and the City Sustainability Coordinator (Anderson, Matthew manderson@coralgables.com)
https://www.coralgables.com/expandedpolystyrene

The UM School of Architecture Center for Urban & Community Design has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the City of Coral Gables. The contract allow UM to digitally survey historic properties in Coral Gables. Through their preservation division, UM is also collaborating with Coral Gable on climate resiliency.

City of Miami

• UM is participating as a member of the MetroLab Network along with the City of Miami to continue collaborating within and across our communities to research, develop and deploy technology-enabled solutions that can help address our communities’ most pressing challenges, and make them sustainable and "smart" communities.
• The School of Architecture's Center for Urban & Community Design and the Resilient Miami Initiative, an interdisciplinary and inter institutional group of faculty focused on resilient design for historic neighborhoods, are in conversations with the City of Miami on several projects linking historic preservation and resilient design.
• Faculty from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the School of Architecture have assisted the City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee and the Waterfront Advisory Board in providing policy recommendations to the City Commission.

City of Miami Beach

• UM worked very closely with the City's Zika Virus Task force experts present in front of the City of Miami Beach Commission.
• UM is participating as a member of the MetroLab Network along with the City of Miami Beach to continue collaborating within and across our communities to research, develop and deploy technology-enabled solutions that can help address our communities’ most pressing challenges and make them sustainable and "smart" communities.

Memorandum of Understanding between University of Miami, Florida International University, and Florida Atlantic University (Resilient Miami Initiative):

UM's Resilient Miami Initiative includes faculty members from the School of Architecture, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, College of Engineering, School of Communication, Departments of Geology, Geography, Computational Sciences, and Law School.
The Resilient Miami Initiative is an interdisciplinary and inter institutional group of faculty focused on resilient design for historic neighborhoods, chaired by Sonia Chao, Director of The School of Architecture's Center for Urban & Community Design.


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:
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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:

The University is a member of the Coastal Universities Coalition (CUC) that brings together leading academic institutions, including international partners, to foster interdisciplinary research collaboration and shape public policy in order to address the challenges facing coastal communities and developing new sustainable resiliency plans.

The University also works in close partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) in advancing their mission to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts. Through the work at UM’s RSMAS campus, their research serves as a transferable knowledge resource in better understanding the oceans, atmosphere, geology, and biota.

The University is a member of the Metrolab Network Consortium. As a member of the network, the University will research, develop, and deploy technologies and policy approaches to address challenges facing the nation’s urban areas.

"Our cities are living laboratories for innovation in addressing these challenges. Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami Beach and the City of Miami (in coordination with the Miami Foundation) created a unique partnership to apply for and receive the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities designation. Out of this process, Greater Miami and the Beaches was created to develop a Resilience Strategy for the entire county to address the challenges of urbanization, globalization and climate change"

http://metrolab.heinz.cmu.edu/


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:

President Frenk has recently signed the "We are still in" agreement

Mayors, governors, and business leaders first began signing the We Are Still In declaration in June 2017 as a promise to world leaders that Americans would not retreat from the global pact to reduce emissions and stem the causes of climate change. The bipartisan coalition has since doubled in size, expanding to include over 3,500 representatives from all 50 states, spanning large and small businesses, mayors and governors, university presidents, faith leaders, tribal leaders, and cultural institutions.

https://www.wearestillin.com/


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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