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

2016 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards

Charter Period Closes in April

Second Nature Finance Resource Published

Hampshire College Recognized 

Ithaca College Receives Grant for Solar Farm


Educational Events


From the Second Nature Blog


Meet the Staff

Applications Open for the 2016 Climate Leadership Commitments
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 now being accepted from current Climate Leadership Commitment signatories in good standing. 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 in April
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.

Second Nature Finance Resource Published
Sustainability: The Journal of Record Featured

Second Nature staff Janna Cohen-Rosenthal and Pallavee Panchal were recently published in Sustainability: The Journal of Record. Their article "Finance 101 for Sustainability Coordinators" is adapted from a presentation given at the 2015 AASHE Conference & Expo and provides a brief introduction to financial terms for sustainability professionals. Read the article or see our archived webinar.

Hampshire College Recognized for Cutting-Edge Building
New Kern Center to help advance 2020 goals

The Boston Globe recently featured Hampshire College's Kern Center: "The private college’s first new building in 20 years is a model of sustainability, featuring composting toilets, rooftop solar panels to power the building, and a water supply that draws on rainwater stored in underground cisterns. The building, slated to open in April, will use zero net energy, produce its own water supply, and manage its wastewater." Read More.

Ithaca College Receives Grant for Solar Farm
Announces $1.6 million from NYSERDA

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Ithaca College announced that construction is underway on a 2.9 megawatt (MW) solar electric project that will provide enough electricity to meet approximately 10 percent of the college's energy needs. The project will produce clean, renewable and sustainable energy for the college, lower its energy costs and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Read More.

MAR 15
Intro to Resilience and Energy Systems
MAR 17
Renewables: Getting Started and Making Meaningful Progress
MAR 31
2016 NECSC Conference, Wellesley College, MA
SSCC 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop with Second Nature and MREA
2016 Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference (SSCC), Baltimore, MD
Power Dialog, Online, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Milwaukee Area Technical College Sustainability Summit, Milwaukee, WI
Climate & Resilience Commitment Charter Period Closes
AASHE 2016 Conference & Expo, Baltimore, MD
Second Nature Events
Deadlines + Proposals
Other Opportunities
University of Illinois at Chicago 6th Annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for students and professionals. From August 4-16, a diverse body of participants will engage a broad spectrum of energy and sustainability-related topics through daily presentations, collaborative projects, mentoring activities, site visits, and networking opportunities with leading research institutions and companies in the digital technology and energy sectors. To be considered, applicants must submit an online application, a resume, and two letters of recommendation by July 1, 2016. Learn more and apply.

EcoMotion White Paper on Energy Storage

EcoMotion announced a new white paper on energy storage and the role of lithium in the hybrid-electric building revolution. The paper documents the longstanding quest for effective electricity storage, seven forms of storage from flywheels to compressed air, and the rise of battery-based storage systems for consumer, utility, and grid benefits. Download.

Catholic Climate Leadership with Solution Generation and ACCU

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, in partnership with Solution Generation, will honor one ACCU-member institution with a $10,000 award for its excellence in climate leadership. The selection committee will reward the institution with the most innovative outreach efforts to engage its campus and broader community in climate and sustainability solutions. ACCU higher education member institutions are welcome to submit proposals March 1 - May 2, 2016. Winners will be selected and notified on October 3, 2016. Learn more and apply.

Power Dialog Webinar Series

The week of April 4th, 2016, The Power Dialog will support 10,000 students to engage in face-to-face dialog with top state official in more than thirty states nationwide. Starting in February, they will be hosting a weekly webinar series. The Power Dialog is sponsored by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, with the generous support from the V. Kann Rasumssen Foundation, Andrea Soros Colombel, Resources for the Future and the Bard Sustainability Council. Join.

U.S. EPA's 2016 Green Power Leadership Awards

The annual Green Power Leadership Awards are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. EPA’s Green Power Leadership Awards recognize leading organizations that have helped further the green power market through their green power procurement, innovation, overall green power strategy, and impact on the green power market. The application period closes on Monday, April 18, 2016. Learn more and apply. 

Progress Reports are In: Highlights from New England
by Ruby Woodside

As you may have read in our recent press release, Second Nature is expanding Climate Leadership in New England. As part of this regional focus, I will be working as the New England Fellow. I’m excited to get to know the New England signatories, and help support them as they move towards their carbon neutrality and climate resilience goals. January 15th was the deadline for schools to turn in progress reports for the past year, so I started out by reading some of the achievements made by New England schools in 2015. The region has made impressive progress in sustainability; here are a few stories that stood out to me... Read more.

Meet the Staff

Second Nature staff have diverse strengths and backgrounds, and bring these to light in a variety of roles. Learn more about two of our dedicated interns.

Jean Charles
Operations Intern
Joshua LaBonte
Design & Communications Intern
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