Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.58
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date May 18, 2017
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University of Oregon
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Steve Mital
Office of Sustainability Director
Finance & Administration
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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:

The University of Oregon is actively engaged in advancing policy issues with federal, state and community stakeholders including as it relates to sustinability. The University of Oregon is a public research university with a significant research and education footprint on issues related to sustainability and environmental stewardship. Policy engagement and advocacy activities occur both in coalition with national associations representing institutions of higher education and also through direct action. Recent examples include coordinated advocacy for NSF’s geosciences directorate, preservation of peer review especially as it relates to climate science, research funding related to university transportation centers, and the continuation of the Sustainable Cities Initiative. Policy makers have tapped UO faculty expertise particularly in issues related to water resources, climate change and the public trust, the microbioeme and the built environment, and sustainable design principles. Current areas of focus in the 114th Congress have included advanced wood research and the benefits of wood as an alternative to concrete and tool for carbon sequestration. UO faculty and students have a special expertise in the humanities and professions where engagement with policy makers can take on unique forms as with the School of Journalism and Communication’s activities.

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

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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