Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.13
Liaison Micah Kenfield
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Vassar College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Micah Kenfield
Director of Sustainability
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:

Since 2017 the College has actively worked with the County government in the management and reorganization of the local public transit system, and continues to support the bus system and participate in governance on an ongoing basis.


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:

Vassar works with regional elected officials and state-wide organizations to advocate for investment in green energy systems and other grant support for the public, especially through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).


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:

In 2017 the College also joined the leadership circle for the Our Climate Coalition for Carbon Pricing, advocating for carbon pricing as a legislative priority for addressing climate change. We are also a signatory to America Is All In.


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):
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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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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