Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 27.31
Liaison Adam Strzemienski
Submission Date Dec. 21, 2019

STARS v2.2

University of North Georgia
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 2.00
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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:

The University of North Georgia engages with local communities and their leadership on numerous issues through participation by representatives in advisory roles on local governmental relations committees and development authority boards.

Specific examples of advocacy at a local level is promotion and support of municipal recycling programs and hosting public events on campus, such as "Green Day", to showcase sustainable initiatives. Events also include promoting the use of electric vehicles sponsored by the Georgia Public Service Commission which regulates utilities in the state of Georgia.

The President's Committee on Sustainability created goals and objectives for UNG which include:

5. Increase internal and external awareness of institutional sustainability efforts through outreach, social media, and a centralized webpage. Increase sustainability output on social media outlets.

a. Starting in 2021, host an annual regional roundtable discussion of sustainability issues and objectives, involving government, business and academic leaders from across UNG’s primary footprint.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level:

The University of North Georgia advocates for numerous, state-level issues related to sustainability through a variety of functions. Recently, the University has been working with elected officials and the state government administrators on proposed changes to the state-funded Dual Enrollment program to ensure the sustainability and long-term delivery of the program to our communities. The institution has also worked on numerous issues in conjunction with our local governments, including state legislation that placed guidelines on local governments when creating and enforcing regulations related to motor vehicles and electric scooters. These efforts ensured our communities’ ability to maintain the roadways and thru-traffic for our students and communities’ residents. Representatives of the University, which include cabinet level administration, also serve on various governmental relations councils, including but not limited to the Dahlonega/Lumpkin Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs committee, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Council, and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council.


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

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the international level:
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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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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability advocacy efforts is available:
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