|Submission Date||Jan. 28, 2011|
University of South Florida
PAE-24: Sustainability Policy Advocacy
Office of Sustainability
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 university, through its Office of Government Relations (http://system.usf.edu/government-relations/index.asp), Student Government (http://www.sg.usf.edu), Office of Community Engagement (http://usfweb3.usf.edu/Engagement), Office of Sustainability (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/Sustainability), School of Global Sustainability (http://sgs.usf.edu), Patel Center for Global Solutions (http://patelcenter.usf.edu), and the Florida Institute of Oceanography (http://www.marine.usf.edu/conferences/fio/NSTC-JSOST-PI/participant-list.shtml) actively advocate for federal, state, and local policies that support sustainability. For example, the Director of the Office of Sustainability has testified before the Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough County in support of legislation to regulate the use of residential landscape fertilizers during summer months. The director has also worked closely with the sustainability coordinator for the City of Tampa and other groups on a number of local ordinances including those pertaining to community gardening. The Office of Sustainability and Student Government have actively campaigned to the local and state education boards to implement a Student Green Energy Fee.
The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts are available:
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