Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.54
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Austin
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 2.00 Jim Walker
Director of Sustainability, Financial, and Administrative Services
University Operations
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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:
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level:
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the national level:

At the federal level, UT-Austin has and continues to advocate for increased funding for The U.S. Department of Energy research portfolio, including the Office of Science, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Energy Frontier Research Centers, Innovation HUBS, the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E), and other programs that further energy research. UT Austin also engages in advocacy regarding policy and regulatory issues pertaining to the U.S. Department of Energy. Similarly, UT Austin is engaged in efforts at other federal agencies, such as NSF, EPA, etc., that pertain to or are focused on energy and general research.


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):

Texas state agencies, including public higher education institutions, are limited in the manner in which they can advocate for issues (Chapter 556.006, Texas Government Code). However, UT Austin leadership have made public comments in support of voter referendum related to mass transit in the city and region, as well as in support of voter referendum related to the establishment of a medical school in which the university is a major partner.


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

Not applicable.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability advocacy efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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