The Implementer
Higher Education Leading on Climate
Produced by Second Nature
November 2015
In this issue…

Charter Period Now Open

New Commitments Launch- video and photos

A New Season for Second Nature- by Tim Carter


Educational Events


From the Second Nature Blog


Meet the COP21 Delegation

Charter Period Now Open
for Climate & Resilience Commitments

The Charter Signatory period for the Climate and Resilience Commitments is now open. To be included in these inaugural groups, a president or chancellor must sign the Climate Commitment by January 4, 2016, or sign the Resilience Commitment by April 22, 2016. Charter Signatories of the Climate and Resilience Commitments will be recognized on our website and in our publications. Become a Charter Signatory.

New Commitments Launch
Video and Photos from the Launch Event

On October 4th and 5th, ten College and University Presidents and Chancellors joined Second Nature at Agnes Scott College for a two-day meeting to discuss climate leadership, and sign the newly-announced Climate Commitment. The attendees are part of a larger group of leaders that have pledged to sign this commitment. See more.

A New Season for Second Nature
by Tim Carter, President, Second Nature

October brought Second Nature invigoration through a series of events that we were fortunate enough to lead and be a part of: the 2015 Climate Leadership Meeting, and AASHE's annual conference. Both were uniquely catalytic in different ways, and provided us with inspiration, insight, and new opportunities. Read more.

NOV 18
Greenbuild 2015 International Conference & Expo, Washington, DC
NOV 19
Webinar: Troubleshooting your GHG Inventory
NOV 19
Climate Leadership Awards Video Voting Opens
DEC 10
Climate Leadership Awards Video Voting Closes
Charter Period Closes: Climate Commitment
JAN 15
Reporting Deadline: Climate Leadership Commitments
2016 Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference, Baltimore, MD
Charter Period Closes: Resilience Commitment
Second Nature Events
Deadlines + Proposals
Other Opportunities
The Climate Leadership Commitments: An Introduction

This webinar, hosted by Second Nature, presents an overview of the newly launched Climate Commitment and Resilience Commitment, as well as the updated Carbon Commitment (formerly known as ACUPCC). Topics covered include the motivation behind the updates, new opportunities, and frequently asked questions. Watch.

New Resources to Support the Climate Leadership Commitments

This webinar highlights new resources by Second Nature, particularly the Sustainability Planning and Climate Action Guide, which includes new resilience guidance. It discusses how to access these resources, how to get the most of them, and how they can help you successfully implement your Climate Leadership Commitments on Campus. Watch.

Climate Leadership Commitment Reporting Guidance

This webinar, hosted by Second Nature, provides an overview of the reporting requirements for signatories of the Climate Leadership Commitments this January 15, 2016. Presenters also discuss how to submit reports and provide an update on the process for developing new reports for 2017. Watch.

Behind the Rebranding of Second Nature
by Joel Hubartt

Early in 2015 Second Nature approached Studio Science with a unique opportunity. For years they had been publishing lengthy printed annual reports, detailing the previous years activities and accomplishments. This year they wanted to try something new and create a digital, interactive annual report. Studio Science was proud to have worked closely with Second Nature to release the 2014 Second Nature Annual Report. We were then invited to take on the challenge of assisting with Second Nature’s continued evolution by redesigning their brand. Read more.

What’s In A Name?
by Tim Carter, President, Second Nature

One of the hardest things to do before you have a baby is figuring out the name. I’ve had to do it three times and each time it wasn’t easy. Do we go old-school, new-school, trendy, traditional? Maybe just start numbering? Regardless of the process leading up to it, at a certain point you have to write a name down...


Why is this relevant to Second Nature? Well, for the past nine years, Second Nature has been a supporting organization for the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Most folks in higher education sustainability have heard about the ACUPCC, even if they can’t remember the name. Read More.

Meet the COP21 Delegation

Second Nature is sending three of our dedicated team members to Paris for COP21. To connect with us, contact any of the staff below.

Senai Andikiel
Operations Intern
Gabriela Boscio
Communications and Education Manager
Devin Smith
Operations Manager
Second Nature
18 Tremont Street, Suite 930
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
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