Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.47
Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Vermont
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 2.00 Wendy Koening
Director
Federal and State Relations
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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:

As a land grant institution, the University’s role at the state and local levels includes participation in collaborative efforts to advance sustainability about a variety of issues through the provision of faculty and staff resources and expertise, rather than advocacy for specific legislation.


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:

As a land grant institution, the University’s role at the state and local levels includes participation in collaborative efforts to advance sustainability about a variety of issues through the provision of faculty and staff resources and expertise, rather than advocacy for specific legislation.


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?:
Yes

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

Since 2014, when University of Vermont President Thomas Sullivan applied for UVM to be an admitted NGO in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), A UVM delegation has participated in the work to change public policy in favor of “preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system”-- the stated aim of the UNFCCC.

Dr. Asim Zia has led the UVM delegation. Zia’s international climate change work connects with efforts to understand how climate change will affect our beloved Lake Champlain.

News story on COP21 delegation: https://www.uvm.edu/uvmnews/news/meet-uvms-cop21-team


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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