The Implementer
Higher Education Leading on Climate
Produced by Second Nature
October 2017
In this issue…

Day of Action

Personal Response to Disaster and Resilience: What is Higher Education’s Role?

Early Registration Discount Extension!



#We Are Still In Day of Action
Participate in the COP23 from the U.S.

On November 14, during the international climate negotiations in Germany, a large coalition of environmental groups and other organizations are planning to host events across the country to demonstrate the leadership that state, local and tribal leaders, businesses, advocates and more are taking on climate action.

Organizing for Action and others in the WASI coalition are planning events in various cities. Working collaboratively with leading national organizations, this is a tremendous opportunity for our signatories to participate in a highly visible event supporting COP23 from the U.S. Please contact Andrea Smith if your organization would be interested in hosting an event, or participate in any other capacity by COB Friday 10/18. 

Personal Response to Disaster and Resilience: What is Higher Education’s Role?
By Janna Cohen-Rosenthal

At the beginning of the summer, I started working more closely with signatory schools on climate resilience planning. We were empowering campuses to identify climate hazards and become future thinking planners who were addressing inequity through community-based partnerships. In this vision, colleges will eventually be very prepared to not only survive but thrive, when the worst of climate change effects “start” taking place.

A few weeks later, while sitting in my comfortable home in Boston, I listened, watched, and read with dismay as stories of the damage wrought by earthquakes, one hurricane, and then more hurricanes rolled in, only to be followed by gun violence, devastating fires, and more earthquakes. I had to ask myself, faced with immediate world disasters, where people were suffering great hardship and widespread destruction, was I doing the most to take action personally and professionally to help people in need?

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Early Registration Discount Extention
2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit


Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network, will host the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit focused on cross-sectoral collaboration, and grand solutions to the climate challenge, from February 4-6 in Tempe Arizona. Early registration for the 2018 Summit has been extended until October 20.


We have reserved rooms for you at DoubleTree Hotel. To book your room for the summit, visit the hotel site or contact DoubleTree Hotel at 1.800.528.6481 and mention Second Nature Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit to receive the discounted rate of $169.00 for your stay at the hotel.

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Oct 18
AASHE Post-Conference Workshop
Oct 24
Crossing Sector Series: What Can Higher Ed Learn from Corporate Renewable Strategies - Takeaways from the 2017 REBA Conference
Nov 3
Bring Your Own Problem (BYOP): a green campus co-laboratory
Nov 14
#We Are Still In Day of Action
FEB 4-6
Save the Date! 2018 Climate Leadership Summit
Come visit Second Nature Sessions at AASHE

Next week is the AASHE 2017 Conference, and many signatories are traveling to San Antonio. Our partners at AASHE have put together an excellent agenda, covering a wide range of campus sustainability topics!


Quick Resilience Guides, by Second Nature

We created these quick guides to help campuses started on working with their communities on resilience and understanding carbon markets and offsetting.


Working with the Community on Resilience: Campus-Community Structure


Carbon Markets and Offest Guidance


New Solar Finance Simulator

This new tool developed from a Sunshot Initiative grant, allows users to use their own values to simulate and compare financial projections for four types of investment options, including power purchase agreement (PPA), debt financing, direct ownership, and operating lease. The tool can be used to guide or validate potential projects, compare proposals, or simply help users become more familiar with financing structures and common transaction costs.

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”Beyond the Right Thing to Do: The Value of Sustainability in Higher Education” A new publication by AASHE

This new publication supports sustainability practitioners in discovering how sustainability is smart business for higher education and learn how to more powerfully articulate the value of sustainability with this new publication.

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25% discount to host a campus screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: A Truth to Power

The National Wildlife Federation has teamed up with Participant Media and Paramount Pictures as the education partner for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power to provide educational resources to help students understand climate change while inspiring them to find ways to bring our nation across the finish line to a viable clean energy economy.

This October 26th, join schools, campuses and organizations across the country and host a simultaneous screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, followed by an exclusive 30-minute live-stream Q&A with the Honorable Al Gore.

Please contact with questions.

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Customizable Solar Road Map

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities, an MREA Solar University Network (SUN) Delegation partner campus, recently made a long-term commitment to clean energy by signing new contracts for a 10-year subscription to Xcel Energy’s new green tariff program. As part of the SUN Delegation, MREA worked with a campus team at the University of Minnesota to identify priority sites; asses costs, risks, and legal and regulatory considerations; and investigate project financial goals and university investment opportunities, ultimately providing recommendations for solar investment in a customized solar roadmap.

Campus-Community Structure Tips
This post was written by Climate Programs Intern Makaylah Respicio

Many campuses are in the process of establishing their campus-community structures to achieve the goals outlined in the Climate and Resilience Commitments. The goal of the campus-community structure is to share ideas, pool resources, and synchronize efforts in resilience planning. There are a variety of successful ways to bring together members from on and off campus stakeholders to achieve great collaboration and progress. Here are some areas for consideration as you navigate the complex task of forming your campus-community structure.

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Train the Facilitators: Community Resilience Building Workshop LA
By Elizabeth Golden, LA Cluster Resilience Coordinator

As a CRUX fellow coordinating the Los Angeles cluster I have been working with California State University Northridge (CSUN) as well as Los Angeles Valley College to increase resilience and implement the Commitments.

Over the past summer, Lily House Peters from California State University Long Beach (CSULB) contacted, amongst others, Austin Eriksson, at CSUN to see if anyone would be interested in taking part in a resilience training event. The training would focus on the Community Resilience Building workshop process. We were eager to participate, and immediately offered our campus as the location for the training.

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