The Implementer
Higher Education Leading on Climate
Produced by Second Nature
February 2018
In this issue…

2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit in Review

University Climate Change Coalition (UC3)

New Opportunity at Second Nature




2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit in Review
Reflections from the Second Nature and Intentional Endowments Network Team

More than 280 attendees from North America and beyond came to convene for three days in Tempe, Arizona, for the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. Inspiring pannels, distinguished speakers, and exciting announcements awaited our senior campus, financial and community leaders. It was time for higher ed to fully engage. All of the sessions followed the overarching theme of "crossing-sectors, driving solutions." Attendees formed partnerships beyond campus boundaries. With the formation of these new partnerships across sectors, we have the ability to pool our resources and succeed in reaching our goals for climate action. The Summit was an excellent example for how we can accelerate success by thinking creatively on the right edge together. Our work does not end with the Summit, but continues well beyond our inspiring three days together. Until next year!

University Climate Change Coalition (UC3)
UC3 Announced Coalition During 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit

During the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit,  Presidents from the University of California, University of Colorado,  Arizona State University, SUNY Stony Brook, and the Ohio State University announced the launch of the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3). The University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3, is a bold new coalition of 13 leading North American research universities that will prototype a collaborative model designed to help local communities achieve their climate goals and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.


New Opportunity at Second Nature
Manager of Cross-Sector Climate Action


Exciting opportunity to assist in Second Nature’s emerging cross-sector climate work and manage the early stage development of a new network of research institutions known as the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3). Reporting to the Director of Education and Partnerships, the manager will work across the Second Nature team to support for Second Nature’s cross-sector initiatives, with project management responsibilities for UC3.

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JAN 1 - MAY 1
Climate Leadership Network Reporting Period
FEB 27
Webinar: The Community Resilience Reader
Cutting Water Waste: DOE and EPA Resources to Advance Water Efficiency
Large-Scale Renewable Energy Workshop: Solutions for Virginia Campuses
Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Arbitrage

By EPA Greenpower Partnership

REC arbitrage (also referred to as a REC swap) is a procurement strategy used by electricity consumers to simultaneously meet two objectives: 1) decrease the cost of their renewable electricity use and 2) substantiate renewable electricity use and carbon footprint reduction claims. The strategy is used by consumers installing self-financed renewable electricity projects or consumers who purchase renewable electricity directly from a renewable electricity project, such as through a power purchase agreement (PPA).

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Free Resilience E-Book

Resilience Matters: Transformative Thinking in a Year of Crisis features articles, op-eds, and other writing from extraordinary people working to forge a greener, fairer future!


Bates College Changes Climate Communications Tactics

In the new digital age, the options in the way we can communicate data and information are ever evolving. Conflicting opinions about environmental issues can divide communities. Elizabeth Rush and her students at Bates College, a Climate Leadership Network signatory, planned a project with a rural community in Maine. Students recorded and circulated community members’ climate stories. They share their own discoveries in "Climate Change and the Stories We Tell: The Making of a Collaborative Digital Archive in Rural Maine."

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Webinar Recording- Principles for effective public engagement on climate change: a Handbook for the IPCC

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) WG1 TSU, the world's leading authority on climate change science, commissioned Climate Outreach to produce communications guidance for IPCC authors. In their new Handbook, they set out 6 evidence-based, practical principles for effective public engagement.

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Community Resilience Building in the Virginia Wesleyan Community
By By Leona Baker, Director of Marketing and Communications, Virginia Wesleyan University, Member of the President’s Environmental Issues Council and Elizabeth Malcolm, Professor of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Virginia Wesleyan University, Chair of the President’s Environmental Issues Council

Over the last year and a half, the Virginia Wesleyan community has been actively engaged in a key component of that important work in the form of long-term resilience planning. This planning came about as a result of a partnership between VWU, Second Nature and The Nature Conservancy focusing on increased awareness of risks from natural and climate-related hazards. In October 2017, a campus-based core team organized and facilitated a Community Resilience Building Workshop in support of the University’s Climate Commitment via Second Nature.

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2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit Photo Album

Could not make it to the Summit, or feeling nostalgic already? See our Summit photo album here.

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