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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 58.11
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Wesleyan University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Jennifer Kleindienst
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Joyce Topshe (AVP for Facilities) represents Wesleyan as a member of the Middletown on the Move Stakeholder Committee. Middletown on the Move is a City-managed, grant-funded project to improve health and well-being in Middletown, with special attention to brownfield rehabilitation and community engagement.

Jennifer Kleindienst (Sustainability Director) serves on Middletown's Clean Energy Task Force, which advocates for actions and policies related to energy conservation, efficiency, and renewables within the City.

Wesleyan has also been actively represented at Common Council meetings


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:
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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:
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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:

Wesleyan is a signatory of the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge. Through this, we pledged specifically extend our commitment through the following initiatives:
• Implement Wesleyan’s first Sustainability Action Plan, which addresses not only our carbon footprint but also the integration of sustainability into academics and all facets of campus life.
• Install a 750 kW solar PV “farm” on campus, which will supply about 20% of our annual energy usage.
• Increase the number and diversity of viable applications to the student-run Green Fund, which supports sustainability projects on campus.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.