Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.38
Liaison Olivia Shehan
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Wellesley College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Dorothea Von Herder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilites
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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:
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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:

President Paula Johnson is a signatory of the national Higher Ed Carbon Pricing Endorsement Initiative. The letter will be shared with state and local lawmakers, the higher education community, and the public to garner support for this critical policy.
https://www.ourclimate.us/higher_ed_initiative


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:

Following the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, Wellesley's President, Dr. Paula Johnson, signed onto the "We Are Still In" coalition (https://www.wearestillin.com/) which promised to continue to support action towards fulfilling the federal climate targets of the Obama administration.

"The "We are still in" pledge reports that overnors, mayors, and businesses have significantly shaped the US climate agenda, especially in parallel to federal action during the Obama Administration. As of October 2017, 20 states and 110 cities have enacted GHG targets, and 1,361 businesses representing $25 trillion of the US economy and 587 US universities with a total enrolment of 5.2 million students have voluntarily adopted targets."

http://www.climateaction.org/news/we-are-still-in-coalition-launched-the-americas-pledge-report-during-cop23


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

Following the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, Wellesley's President, Dr. Paula Johnson, signed onto the "We Are Still In" coalition (https://www.wearestillin.com/) which promised to continue to support action towards fulfilling the Paris Agreement during COP23 in Bonn. America’s "We are still in" pledge presented the official report on US climate action, analyzing how US states, cities, businesses, citizens, and universities can support the Paris Agreement even without federal action."The Phase 1 report examines current non-federal climate policies and actions and identifies promising areas to scale up action for non-federal actors to deepen and strengthen their role in meeting the US commitment to reduce emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025." Members of the "We are still in" represented 154 million Americans at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland.
https://www.wearestillin.com/


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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