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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 Silver
Overall Score 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tim Caboni
Vice Chancellor
Public 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:

The University of Kansas is an active player in local, state and national government. The KU Government Relations team advocates for policies and practices that sustain the University’s educational mission. Much of KU's policy advocacy comes through lobbying efforts. KU faculty and staff are also often asked to present for state House and Senate committees to provide their expertise on topics of concern.

A few issues that KU has advocated for include climate change, environmental impact assessment, and alternative fuels research.

The Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs is directly involved with local government and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce to address needs of both the community and the university. Meetings the local government give KU a voice for our stakeholders in financial and developmental decisions throughout Lawrence in its surrounding areas.


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

In a time where state-level education cuts are the prevailing circumstance, including cuts to research funding, the University has fought at both the state and federal levels to maintain and increase alternative energy research funding. The University understands the high degree of potential that exists in our state for alternative, renewable energy production and research conducted at KU will improve those technologies and expedite our economies shift from fossil-fuels to renewables.


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 institution’s advocacy efforts is available:
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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.