The Implementer
Higher Education Leading on Climate
Produced by Second Nature
June 2018
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UC3 Completes 4 Cross-Sector Forums in the Spring

Community-Sufficiency Grant Program

University of California, Irvine Sustainability Efforts Earn Rare STARS Platinum Rating



UC3 Completes Four Cross-Sector Forums in the Spring

Four University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) campuses across North America hosted cross-sector climate forums.

On March 26th, the State University of New York brought together state agencies, private industry and higher ed for their Advanced Energy Consortium around the theme “the Future of Energy is Here.” In April, The University of California and UC3 participant CalTech hosted the California Collaborative for Climate Change Solutions conference focused on bending the curve of emissions and leading the translation of research into solutions. In May, two UC3 campuses engaged their localities. The Ohio State University hosted an education forum on building resilient communities in a changing climate. The Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico brought together it’s many campuses, local government, and federal government to talk emissions reductions and strategy.

Learn more about the cross-sector forums and other events UC3 is hosting on our website.

Community-Sufficiency Grant Program

The Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) has a new grant opportunity that may help your organization's community reslience building work.

The CROs mission is to help prioritize and implement projects that will improve communities, socially, environmentally, and economically so that they can be more sufficient with meeting their needs to survive and thrive. The Community-Sufficiency grant is aiming to do just that.


If you would like to learn more about community resilience building, please take advantage of the resources we are providing on our website:

Climate Resilience

- Resilience Tools and Resources

You may also be interested in some direct example from the work our Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses and Communities (CRUX) fellows have been doing in Los Angeles, Portland and Phoenix.

Congratulations to the University of California, Irvine on Earning Rare STARS Platinum Rating
by UCI News

The University of California, Irvine has become only the fourth campus in the world to achieve a platinum rating through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

“We’re gratified that UCI’s interdisciplinary research programs that address key societal challenges, our community engagement on critical sustainability issues, and our operational practices centered on environmental and social responsibility have been recognized through STARS,” said Wendell Brase, associate chancellor for sustainability. “This represents an important environmental stewardship milestone for the University of California and reflects the collaborative efforts of many engaged and committed people across the UCI campus.”

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June 13
Event: Climate Change Across the City
June 25
Webinar: Three Revolutions - Transforming Transportation
June 25 - 26
Event: Net Positive for Higher Education Symposium at Hampshire College
July 10
Save the Date: Higher Education's Leading Role in Cross-sector Climate Action Webinar
FEB 10-12, 2019
Save the Date for the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit
COIL-CONAHEC International Faculty Collaboration for Teaching Climate Resilience

By Conahec and SUNY Coil Center

The International Faculty Collaboration for Teaching Climate Resilience has been created to help higher education institutions share knowledge and impart solutions by building and strengthening international higher education partnerships. This program will match teaching faculty with an international faculty partner, support the organization of reciprocal visits for faculty pairs, and deliver an online professional development and mentoring experience for faculty to co-develop and co-teach a collaborative online international learning (COIL) module related to climate resilience.



Feasibility of Harbor-wide Barriers: Preliminary Analysis for Boston Harbor

This report, sponsored by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission with generous support of the Barr Foundation found that shore-based climate adaptation strategies have significant advantages over harbor-wide strategies for the region.

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Recording of "Rebuilding Puerto Rico - Universities as Leaders in Community Resilience" Webinar

By Security and Sustainabilty Forum

If you missed the session, you can click the slide to watch the recording. Download the slides here.

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Pathways to Develop Peer Reviewed or Innovative Carbon Offset Projects

By Second Nature and Offset Newtork

The Offset Network and Second Nature are working together to support creative and novel carbon reduction projects implemented within higher education. The Offset Network provides resources, project examples, and a framework for colleges and universities to generate their own carbon offsets. Watch this webinar to learn about the pathways for creating Innovative or Peer Reviewed carbon offsets that qualify for GHG reporting requirements of both Second Nature’s Carbon and Climate Commitments and AASHE Stars.

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Take Your Climate Commitments to the Next Level

WASI has launched the “U.S. Climate Action Contribution” platform to help connect you with new tools and resources to take your climate commitments to the next level. Dozens of WASI members, including Mars, McDonald’s, Clif Bar, and Loyola University of Chicago, have submitted a contribution to keep the U.S. moving forward.

Check out the ambitious climate action from your peers. Don't see your name on the list? Submit your contribution here.

Early Lessons from Resilience Assessments
by Climate Programs Intern Valerie Weiner, Tufts University, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning '19

Resilience building can be a overwhelming challenge to tackle for anyone. There is no one solution that can be applied to each project. Every institution, city and state is faced with its own unqiue challenges. The good news is, that many universities and colleges have paved the way, and teamed up with their cities, to tackle the challenges of community resilience building. Resulting from this work, they have created assessments and resources to help new projects hit the ground running. Here is a review of the 30 Resilience Assessment available today.

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City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Safety Resilience Office Intern – Campus Resilience Challenge Fellow

The Mayoral Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for experiential learning for some of the country’s best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students. Those selected to participate will work closely with all levels of government in addition to city departments on a breadth of issues related to the team’s focus area.


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