Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Shane Stennes
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2015
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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Shane Stennes
Director of Sustainability
University Services
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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?:

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:

Public policy advocacy is conducted by the University's Office of Government and Community Relations, University administrators, and faculty.

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

Examples of advocacy include:
- June 2014, U president Eric Kaler participated in a White House event on expanding college opportunity, where he announced a new initiative: “Retaining All Our Students.” It focuses on improving the first-year retention of low-income U students.
- In January 2013 researchers with backgrounds ranging from climatology and forestry to water resources and agricultural products testified before a joint committee hearing in the Minnesota House of Representatives about climate change and how current science can help inform investment decisions in the state. Following a successful testimony, the Climate Adaptation Partnership convened the first annual conference, "Preparing Minnesota for Climate Change: A Conference on Climate Adaptation" at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. The conference attracted over 225 participants, bringing in local officials, planners, engineers, and natural resource practitioners to the one day event.
-In June 2015, Associate Professor Jason Hill testified to the US House Subcommittee on Energy regarding the EPA renewable fuels mandate.

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

The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts is available:

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