|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Feb. 28, 2014|
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
PAE-24: Sustainability Policy Advocacy
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Sustainability Education and Outreach Specialist
Has the institution advocated for federal, state, and/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, bills, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
The UNC Office of Federal Government Relations supports legislation that "authorizes energy research opportunities." UNC also supports "preserving current funding levels for the Department of Energy (DOE) research grants and contracts with Universities" (please see http://www.northcarolina.edu/leadership/gov/Federal_Agenda_113th_Congress.pdf)
In February 2013, UNC schools presented a policy proposal to the legislature regarding energy service contracts. Previously, only one campus in the system was permitted to implement energy conservation measures without an ESCO under the provisions of G.S. 143-64.17L. In August 2013 an additional campus in the system was permitted by the General Assembly to self-perform energy conservation and efficiency efforts (SL 2013-396). UNCG has asked the UNC System to support legislative efforts to expand this provision to include other universities (UNCG and others) so that all universities have the option to either use an ESCO or implement energy conservation projects on their own. It is generally accepted that ESCO contracts have profit margins in the 30% range. Allowing the universities to implement these projects without the involvement of an ESCO will result in investing the ESCO profit (say 30%) into actual energy conservation measures (primarily equipment) that will result in increasing the energy savings of the state.
The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts are available:
Information for this credit was received from Mike Tarrant, Director of Strategic Initiatives at UNCG.