The Implementer
Higher Education Leading on Climate
Produced by Second Nature
June 2017
In this issue…

Statement from the President, Tim Carter

We Are Still In Coalition

Climate Leadership Awards Extension

A Statement from Second Nature's President, Tim Carter
The Importance of the Paris Agreement

Our country has a long history of innovative leadership to address our world’s most pressing challenges. The United States’ efforts to reduce carbon pollution, create a low carbon economy, and adapt to a changing climate will keep all people healthy, create economic opportunity for all sectors and citizens, and ensure all our children have an opportunity to thrive. By withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, the federal government’s position of global leadership is greatly weakened.

Our country has sectors that are strongly committed to these goals and continuing to accelerate climate action. Higher education will continue to be an integral part of the nation’s climate leadership. Across research, teaching, and operations, from presidents to faculty to staff and students, the whole of the higher education enterprise intersects with this global climate challenge. We will continue to leverage higher education’s resources for the good of humanity. We are still in.

We Are Still In
Second Nature's Role in the Coalition

Second Nature helped coordinate a statement on behalf of governors, mayors, CEO’s and college and university leaders declaring that, despite the federal government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the nation remains committed to climate action. For the first time, these sectors announce their intentions to stand by the Paris Agreement in a joint statement, which includes participation from more than 250 higher ed institiutions. The full list of participants can be found here.


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Climate Leadership Awards
Deadline June 12th!

The 2017 CLA deadline has been extended! These awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. Awards are presented in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Nominate your school for recognition by the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Program and benefit from global publicity opportunities.


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JUN 11-13
8th Annual Citizens’ Climate International Conference & Lobby Day
JUN 12
2017 Climate Leadership Awards Application Deadline
JUN 19
AASHE Sustainability Professional Retreat
JUN 26-29
CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference
JUL 18
Webinar: FutureU: Making Choices Today to Ensure Success Tomorrow
Campus Energy Infrastructure: Challenges, Solutions & Financing
Webinar: FutureU: Making Choices Today to Ensure Success Tomorrow

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 2-3pm EDT

Join Second Nature, in partnership with GreenerU and Carleton College, to discuss the environmental impacts of hastily built infrastructure and how we can go about making better building decisions in the future. This webinar is designed for facilities directors, energy managers, sustainability directors, and finance officers at colleges and universities to guide their thinking during the complex building processes on campus. Register here.


Media Coverage: We Are Still In

Second Nature is collecting national and local news stories as they relate to climate leadership, despite the United States's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Stay up to date about higher ed's commitment to addressing climate change as we align with other government and business leaders. If we missed your campus, send the story our way!

2017 SRI Scholarship Application

November 1-3, 2017

The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing serves thought leaders, investors, and investment professionals who are actively integrating ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) factor analysis into investment decision-making and seeking to catalyze the shift to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable economy. Register here.

MREA Solar Project Builder

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association and Sustainable Capital Advisors share their Solar Finance Simulator. This tool provides financial guidance for universities and businesses utilizing solar energy sources. Users can simulate investment outcomes, compare their unique financial decisions, and validate potential financial projects for ways to minimize energy costs.

Community Resilience Building with Eastern Connecticut State University
by Ruby Woodside

One of the questions we hear most from schools that are beginning implementation of the Climate or Resilience Commitment is: what does it mean to work with my community? The Commitments ask signatories to reach beyond the campus boundary and build climate resilience with the surrounding neighborhood, town, or city. The first step in doing so is to complete a campus-community resilience assessment.


In March, we worked with Eastern Connecticut State University, the Town of Windham Connecticut, and The Nature Conservancy to pilot a climate resilience workshop. We used the Community Resilience Building guide, a resource designed by The Nature Conservancy....Read More

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