Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.30
Liaison Dave Barbier
Submission Date May 14, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Shelly Janowski
Sustainability Coordinator
Facility Services
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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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

It is not appropriate for our institution to engage in public policy advocacy. When asked by legislative representatives for information, we provide only educational information.


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

The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, housed within the College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point, expands its capacity to work with schools throughout the state by building relationships with local organizations, individuals, and programs. These partners are essential to cultivating education for sustainability in Wisconsin. The WCEE has developed long-term partnerships with specific entities to support topic-specific environmental literacy through the development of programs, resources, and professional development. The WCEE offers expertise in program development and coordination as well as an established relationship with K-12 educators in the state.

Wisconsin’s Plan to Advance Education for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability in PK-12 Schools (Plan) provides a road map for statewide strategic collaboration to ensure all students graduate from high school prepared to continue this legacy and ready for college and careers in the 21st century. The Plan recommends strategies that are intended to be pursued over time. Ultimately, the success of the Plan depends on the support and participation of a broad range of collaborators throughout the state. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, and Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation volunteered to provide leadership for the Plan.
https://dpi.wi.gov/environmental-ed/about

The Wisconsin Food Systems Education Conceptual Framework​ was created and designed to support and unite existing efforts, together boosting and growing food systems education throughout the state.

Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin supports and encourages schools to create safe learning environments and prepare students to understand, analyze and address the major environmental and sustainability challenges now and in the future through providing resources, recognition and certification. Administered through a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Public Instruction, and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, this program provides information, resources and announcements for all school staff, community members and others interested in green and healthy initiatives and activities for Wisconsin schools.

The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education supports environmental science (ES) education to enhance the environmental literacy of Wisconsin's students and teachers.

Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is widely recognized as one of the premier environmental education programs in the world. Through hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, PLT helps young people learn how to think, not what to think, about complex environmental issues. Project Learning Tree is a program of the American Forest Foundation. In Wisconsin, PLT is sponsored by the LEAF Program in the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education at UW-Stevens Point in partnership with the national PLT program. Support is also provided by the Wisconsin DNR – Division of Forestry.


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

Low Carbon USA campaign
On Dec. 19, 2016 a diverse group of higher education institutions and Second Nature released a letter they collaboratively developed - Higher Ed Backs Low-Carbon USA. This letter was sent to the new congressional delegation and incoming presidential transition team on Jan. 17, 2017 and urges legislators to accelerate progress toward a clean energy future. The higher education sector is aligning with business leaders to call on elected officials to support participation in the Paris Agreement, climate research and investment in the low carbon economy.
http://lowcarbonusa.org/highered


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:

We're Still In
When the United States withdrew from the Paris accord on climate change in 2017, we remained actively engaged as part of the global effort to hold warming and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy by signing the We Are Still In open letter to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement.
http://secondnature.org/grand-coalition-statement-paris-agreement/

The Climate Reality Project
We are a leader among higher education institutions, achieving our goal of 100 percent renewable electricity. We became a partner of The Climate Reality Project in 2016.


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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