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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.06
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date April 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Columbia University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Loftin Flowers
Associate Vice President
Government and Community Affairs
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Does the institution advocate for national, state/provincial, 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, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Columbia University’s senior administration sat on the NYC Green Codes Task Force which developed 111 recommendations some of which have already been incorporated into laws and practices, with many others in the pipeline. By 2030, the measures already implemented will reduce citywide carbon emissions by almost 5%.

A Columbia representative sits on Go Green East Harlem a collaborative community-based initiative implemented by the Borough of Manhattan, it aims at breaking the pattern of harmful environmental conditions that have been part of East Harlem’s history for decades, while serving as a model for other environmentally beleaguered neighborhoods. Columbia also advocated for improved energy efficient lab fire and safety codes with the city government and with the NY Fire Department.

At the federal level Columbia University advocates both Congress and the administration for federal subsidies supporting university-based scientific research, including research that promotes long-term goals regarding sustainability and environmental stewardship. This is particularly true of competitive research grant funding as administered by the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These efforts are ongoing.

At both the City and State level, the University participates in a number of initiatives that are designed to address the sustainability objectives of the City and State, particularly with an eye towards reducing the campus’ energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Additional Information:
Community Benefits Agreement, http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gca/news/COmmunityBenefitsAgreement/index.html
NYC Green Codes Task Force, http://www.nyc.gov/html/gbee/downloads/pdf/urban_green_anniversary_report.pdf


A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:

As a 501 (c) 3, non-for-profit institution, the University does not take political positions.


A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):

As a 501 (c) 3, non-for-profit institution, the University does not make political donations.


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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.