Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.65
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2019
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kate Nelson
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the municipal/local level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Water Policy regarding Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes- https://uwm.edu/centerforwaterpolicy/wp-content/uploads/sites/170/2018/08/Perspectives_Turshak_FINAL.pdf

Milwaukee's Complete Streets Policy- Named the third best Complete Steets policy in the country. UWM's Office of Sustainability and School of Urban Planning were part of the core team that lead community advocacy for Milwaukee to have a Complete Streets Policy. UWM is also active in the policy's implementation.

UWM is also a member of the the MKE Global Health Consortium which develops and connects the global health programs and activities of various local institutions to establish health equity in communities around the world. In service of this mission, the MKE Global Health Consortium seeks to convene global health practitioners, identify funding for global health activities, provide evidence-based lessons from communities around the world, and ultimately develop new policies at departmental, institutional, and government levels to affect positive change and healthier cities. Development and endorsement of policies takes place at both international and local levels, with recent activity including the development of a "Consensus Statement of Best Practices for Refugee Care in Wisconsin."


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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

UWM sent a letter of support during recent renewable energy tariff deliberations to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.
UWM has played a lead role drafting and advocating for change in WI policy and goal setting for energy conservation and renewable energy.


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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Since the US Attorney General announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, UWM's Chancellor has released a series of messages communicating that the University remains committed to supporting the continuation of the DACA program and providing support to students who are impacted. UWM's Chancellor has sent letters to the President as well as Congressional delegates to urge swift action to restore DACA's protections. UWM strongly supports the continuation of the DACA program, which provides protection from deportation to children who were brought into the United States as undocumented immigrants. This protection is critical for many students who self-identified as undocumented immigrants based on an assurance of protection from the federal government.
UWM Student Association also issued a resolution in opposition to Executive Order #13769 (international travel ban). https://uwm.edu/studentassociation/whatwedo/legislation-2/


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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
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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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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data from UWM's Division of Global Inclusion & Engagement

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