Become a Sustainability Policy Partner
Do you care about sustainability and climate change? Do you work in the sustainability office? Are you on a sustainability committee? If you answered yes to any of these questions, become a Sustainability Policy Partner or recruit one, and empower your campus community to act on climate. With just a few minutes each month, you can make a big impact!
There are crucial energy and climate policies being passed at the state legislative level that will either reduce or exacerbate climate change and ecosystem damage. Students, faculty, and staff can make positive impacts by getting involved and providing input to elected representatives. As a Sustainability Policy Partner, you can connect your campus with opportunities for involvement by receiving policy updates from local and national organizations, and sending a monthly update to interested campus members. View a resource sheet about the 3 easy steps for success.
What do Sustainability Policy Partners Do?
- Connect with organizations advocating for sustainable energy and climate policies and ask them to send you policy alerts.
- Share this information with students, faculty, and staff.
- Encourage co-curricular staff to make this come alive on your campus in an ongoing way by including it in co-curricular activities.
- Help faculty connect to these policy issues and opportunities whenever they teach about climate change.
- Designate a long term contact. Include someone who is watching policy alerts within your sustainability office who can share this information on an ongoing basis with faculty, staff and students.
- Let us know who on your campus is doing this work, and we will help support them!
Get Policy Alerts
You can also help businesses take action on climate. Use these suggestions from the We Mean Business coalition to find examples of what you can suggest to businesses.
For more information with a motivating video, potential scripts and the types of organizations you might connect with at the state level, please visit Beyond Doom and Gloom: Climate Solutions. Additionally, learn more about research that shows the use of applied learning and civic engagement as a high impact practice to engage students in their education.