Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.23
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Jan. 13, 2012
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University of Wisconsin-River Falls
PAE-24: Sustainability Policy Advocacy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kelly Cain
Director
SCISCD
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Has the institution advocated for federal, state, and/or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability?:
Yes

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:

UWRF's St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development has seat on the committees listed below, and thus has or is having a direct impact on the decisions listed.

POWERFUL CHOICES:
-Powerful Choices has been instrumental in pushing the City of River Falls toward two prestigious designations - an EPA Green Community designation, and a Wisconsin "Energy Independent Community" designation.
-Powerful Choices pushed forward a River Falls approved "NEV Ordinance" allowing use of NEVs on nearly all city streets, including those adjacent to UWRF.
-Powerful Choices developed a River Falls approved property tax financed renewable energy program which leverages the city's bonding rate for providing homeowners low-interest loans to install renewables which are paid-back through annual property tax payments.
-Powerful Choices has developed a grant program which allows residents to apply for grant funding for conservation and/or renewable energy funds up-to $5,000.

ENVIRONMENTAL TASK FORCE:
Established as a formal advisory group to the Planning Commission to be a watchdog for all aspects of environmental impact from proposals for development.

JOINT ECO-MUNICIPALITY RESOLUTION: UWRF, RIVER FALLS SCHOOLS, CITY OF RIVER FALLS:
Joint Resolution for Sustainable Community Development and Declaration of Eco-Municipality is drafted and under consideration for co-signing by the City of River Falls, UWRF Campus, and River Falls School District.


The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts are available:
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