The Implementer
Higher Education Leading on Climate
Produced by Second Nature
April 2016
In this issue…

2016 Climate Leadership Awards Deadline

Charter Period Closes on Earth Day

2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit

Second Nature Supports Work in Peru

Renewable Energy Workshop


Educational Events


From the Second Nature Blog


Meet the 2015 CLA Winners

2016 Climate Leadership Awards Deadline Approaching
Nominate your school by April 25, 2016

The annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the Climate Leadership Commitments. They do so based on demonstrated advances in innovation, embedded opportunities, and student preparedness with relation to sustainability and climate action.

Second Nature offers these awards in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools. Award winners are recognized as part of the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Program, benefiting from global publicity opportunities.

Nominations are being accepted from current Climate Leadership Commitment signatories. Nominees will be considered based on their commitment to climate neutrality, sustainability education, and innovative leadership. Applications are due April 25, 2016 3:00pm ET (12:00 pm PT). Nominate your school.

Climate and Resilience Charter Signatory Period Closing Soon
Sign by Earth day to join

The Charter Signatory period for the Climate and Resilience Commitments is open until April 22, 2016. To be included in these groups, a president/chancellor must sign the Climate or Resilience Commitments. To learn more about transitioning from the Carbon to the Climate Commitment, or about how to sign for the first time, visit our new page: Joining the Climate Leadership Network.

2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit
Save the Date!

Join Second Nature in celebrating 10 years of Climate Leadership by higher education. The 2017 Summit is designed for campus sustainability teams, including specialized content for presidents, faculty, and staff. Will be held from February 13-15, 2017 in Tempe, AZ. For more information, or to reserve a discounted hotel room, see our Event Page.

Second Nature Supporting Peruvian Climate Leadership
Peruvian Universities’ Climate Commitment

Second Nature has teamed up with Lima-based consultancy, Green Energy, to support higher education climate leadership in Peru. Through this collaboration Second Nature is transferring experience and knowledge to Green Energy. The groups kicked off their collaboration this past March with a week of workshops facilitated by Second Nature, and culminating in a summit that brought together various governmental agencies, Green Energy, Second Nature, and 14 university chancellors and their representatives from across Peru. Read More.

Educational Opportunity: Renewable Energy Workshop
Register by April 14

Second Nature, in partnership with leading renewable energy advisory firm CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR), is offering an innovative workshop to help Climate Leadership Commitment signatories and their peers develop institution-specific game plans to meet their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction goals with large-scale renewables. The event will be hosted at the Kingsgate Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati Campus, Marriot. There is no fee for Climate Leadership Commitment signatories to attend. Register and learn more.

Milwaukee Area Technical College Sustainability Summit, Milwaukee, WI
Webinar: Joining the Climate Leadership Network
Renewable Energy Workshop
Climate & Resilience Commitment Charter Period Closes
AASHE 2016 Conference & Expo, Baltimore, MD
FEB 2017
2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit
Second Nature Events
Deadlines + Proposals
Other Opportunities
5th TUFF Summit conference

The University Financing Foundation, Inc (TUFF) is hosting its 5th TUFF Summit conference, a highly anticipated event bringing together university professionals and students who have a passion for building innovative spaces for higher education. This year's theme is: Breaking Barriers Through Innovation. Read more.

Containing Cost and Risk with Renewables – The Power Purchase Agreement Story

Utilities are one of the largest non-payroll operation costs across campuses today. Developing large scale renewables provide significant cost reductions and other economic benefits while supporting institutions’ goals of reducing carbon emissions.This course, offered by NACUBO will allow participants to understand the benefits of large-scale renewables, how to reduce energy price risk exposure, and more. Register.

U.S. EPA's Green Power Leadership Awards

The 2016 Green Power Leadership Awards application period is now open and will close on April 18. EPA will present the awards at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference, which will take place October 16-18, 2016, in San Francisco, California. EPA co-sponsors the Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). The awards serve to recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources. Green Power Partners may apply for an award, or another party may nominate them. Learn more and apply.

AASHE Campus Sustainability Hub

The Hub is an online resource library that allows AASHE members to connect, share and learn about sustainability in higher education. The Hub is designed to raise visibility of institutions' sustainability programs and materials, and to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. AASHE members have full access to the 5,000+ resources in the Hub, with more being added daily. Read more.

REV Campus Challenge Workshops

NYSERDA will host a series of workshops to solicit ideas and feedback on upcoming strategies and initiatives aimed at New York State colleges and universities. Participate in a REV Campus Challenge Workshop to connect with your colleagues in higher education and to share your institution’s experiences with clean energy. You will have the opportunity to provide valuable feedback and have a voice in shaping the future of the Challenge. Attendees must be faculty or staff of the institution. More than one attendee from an institution may attend. Attendees do not need to be from a REV Campus Challenge member institution. Register.

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day on Campus
by Ruby Woodside

Earth Day is around the corner! Are you looking for ways to celebrate? Here are some ideas from New England signatories that are celebrating Earth Day 2016:

1. Organize a Panel

As part of Earth Days 2016, Salem State University is hosting a panel on carbon pricing. Earth Day is a great time to get the conversation started on your campus. Need an idea? Consider a dialogue on what the Climate Leadership Commitments mean to your school. Celebrate the progress you have made and discuss next steps... Read more.

Meet the 2015 Climate Leadership Award Winners

The annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the Climate Leadership Commitments. Check out last year's fabulous winners.

Western Technical College, WI
Two-Year Institution
Appalachian State University, NC
Four-Year Institution
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