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

Second Nature Photo Request 

2016 Climate Leadership Awards Finalists Profiles

Network Snapshots #3

New Corporate Partner Profile: Siemens


Educational Events


From the Second Nature Blog


Meet the Staff

Second Nature Photo and Quote Request
Help us tell the collective story of the Network

When the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment started back in 2006, signatories took on an unprecedented challenge: making colleges and universities carbon neutral and preparing students for creating a sustainable future. Ten years later, this concerted national effort is more important than ever, and the Climate Leadership Network continues to lead the way on climate action in higher education, not only in the United States, but globally.

This is an amazing story, and the best way to tell it is through your words and images. Help us do this by sharing photos from your on-campus efforts and insight into your current work. Second Nature will use these to talk about the Network through different communication outlets. Share your photos and quotes.

Finalists Profiles
Meet the 2016 CLA Finalists

19 institutions from the Climate Leadership Network were selected as finalists in the 2016 Climate Leadership Awards. Each is being evaluated 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 USGBC's Center for Green Schools. The winners will be recognized as part of the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Program this October in Los Angeles, California. Learn more about the finalists.

Network Snapshots #3
10-Year Timeline and more

This series of graphics shows some of the progress achieved collectively by the Climate Leadership Network and Second Nature. Released two per month, they serve as visual tools when communicating about your Commitment and can be downloaded from our site. This month's snapshots (the last two in the series) feature a look back at the 10 years since the start of the Commitments, and a look forward at the resilience work the new Climate and Resilience Commitment signatories will be doing. See the whole series. 

Corporate Partner Profiles: Siemens
Meet our newest Corporate Partner

Creative partnerships allow Second Nature to introduce and disseminate solutions to the Climate Leadership Network widely and effectively. To support and advance the work of the institutions in the Network, Second Nature works with organizations and firms at the leading edge of solutions. We base our corporate partnerships on transparency and mutual benefit, with the best interests of our community in mind to ensure our partnerships are transformational and successful, not merely transactional. Read about Siemens.

AUG 25
Intentionally Designed Endowment Forum, San Francisco State University
Climate Leadership Commitment Signatory Dues
AASHE 2016 Conference & Expo, Baltimore, MD
Intentionally Designed Endowment Forum, Loyola University Chicago
SCUP Urban Campus Resilience Symposium, Boston
FEB 2017
2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit, AZ
Second Nature Events
Deadlines + Proposals
Other Opportunities
Solar Market Pathways: Solar for Colleges and Universities Toolkit

This toolkit provides guidance and resources from Solar Market Pathways projects to inform the development and implementation of targeted solar programs and policies for higher education institutions. Specifically, these resources are intended to assist college and university program managers, sustainability directors, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders as they seek to take advantage of the benefits of solar energy and further solar deployment on and off campus. Read more.

Financing Resilience in Connecticut

Becoming resilient to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather in Connecticut has a price. To date, in Connecticut most of the dollars invested in resilient infrastructure have come from federal grants provided in the form of assistance after a declared disaster, but grants alone will not cover the bill. This fact sheet reviews existing resilience financing programs in Connecticut as well as model programs that can be applied in the State. It accompanies a presentation at the Earth Day 2016 symposium Resilience and the Big Picture, and a forthcoming publication. Read more.

Collaborating for Climate Preparedness: Insights from a 2015 Workshop

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), with support from the Kresge Foundation and in conjunction with the National Adaptation Forum (NAF), hosted a workshop on Collaborating for Climate Preparedness. This full-day workshop convened 33 local government and community organization representatives from 17 cities to discuss how they can better collaborate within local communities to enhance climate preparedness and equity. This resource highlights secrets to successful collaborations and examples of collaboration for climate preparedness. Read more.

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Projections for Boston

Climate Ready Boston is an initiative to develop resilient solutions which will prepare Boston for climate change. This report, prepared in collaboration with UMass campuses, Northeastern University, Tufts University and the University of Connecticut (among other institutions), draws on existing research to project future climate impacts in the Boston region, including extreme temperatures, sea level rise, heavy precipitation and coastal storms. Read More.

Sustainable Development Primer for Higher Education Presidents, Chancellors, Trustees and Senior Leaders

Colleges and universities across the country are responding to student interest by integrating sustainable development principles and practices into the administrative and academic frameworks of higher education institutions. This robust national trend is being driven by student motivation, but also by increasing regulations and accountability pressures and the urgent societal sustainability challenges shared by all. This primer, brought to you by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), provides useful, high-quality information on the crucial roles of presidents, trustees, and senior leadership in this area. Read more.

Engaging Students in Solar Energy Deployment on Campus
by Gabriela Boscio, Second Nature

Solar energy in the U.S. is quickly growing, and campuses are well-positioned to deploy this source of renewable energy. Not only is it becoming a more affordable way to address campus carbon mitigation goals, it also provides a fantastic learning tool for schools seeking to engage their students through projects and make their campus a living laboratory. However, engaging students in meaningful ways, and building partnerships across facilities and academics can be challenging when implementing solar projects, due to the highly technical nature of the work and the inherently long timelines for development.

For a group of schools in the Midwest, a new Second Nature initiative has provided an exciting way to address these challenges... 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 our newest interns.

Holly Carabbio
Operations Intern
Bridgit Kodenkandath
Summit Intern
Dominique Ong
Climate Programs Intern
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