Campus and community policy is a broad topic and can include involvement with campus, local, state and federal policy; the work of nonprofits; environmental services on campuses and in other institutions; and grassroots community organizations. Regardless of the level or approach, the objective is to alter public policy and social institutions that affect the way we interact with the environment and manage natural resources. In doing so, policy can create new guidelines for land use, reduction of environmental harm, conservation of natural resources, and protect future risks to the natural environment.
There are many ways that you can get involved in campus and community policy, here are a few ideas:
Work with your student government to create and implement policy on campus.
Create a petition initiative in your community.
Attend a town hall meeting to learn more about issues in your community and how you can get involved.
Interested in pursuing a policy-related career? Check out the policy and governance careers outlook in the EcoLeaders Career Center to learn more about careers in the field, hear from professionals and map out your career plan.
Campus and Community Policy EcoLeader Projects
Date Created: 09/03/2020 10:17 AM
Submitted by: David Corsar
Date Created: 02/28/2019 08:43 PM
Submitted by: Valerie Ryba
Campus Climate Challenge
Date Created: 07/09/2018 02:39 PM
Submitted by: Joe Thompson
Climate Action Plan
Date Created: 05/13/2018 10:51 PM
Submitted by: Kristina Haideman
STO Sustainability Map
Date Created: 09/27/2017 09:09 AM
Submitted by: Paul Jackson
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