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

Day of Action And COP23

Summit Keynote Speaker Announcement

Early Registration Discount Extension!



#We Are Still In Day of Action
Participate in the COP23 from the U.S.

Second Nature and a large delegation of university presidents have traveled to Bonn, Germany to represent higher education during the international climate negotiation at COP23. We will be continuously updating you on the latest news on our social media channels. If you are at COP23 please join us during our events in the Climate Action Center.

On November 14, a coalition of environmental groups and other organizations are planning to host "Day of Action" events across the country to demonstrate the leadership that state, local and tribal leaders, higher education, businesses, and more are taking on climate action. You can host a simple social media campaign or a press event. For more information please see the resource section below.

Summit Keynote Speaker Announced
2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit

We are excited to announce that Paul Hawken and other distinguished speakers will be joining us for the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit as we collaboratively drive solutions for the higher education sector.

Other distinguished speakers include university presidents, business and non-profit executives. If you are interested in contributing to the program, especially in the breakout sessions, please contact Michele Madia .

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Early Registration Discount Extention
2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit

Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network, will host the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit focused on cross-sectoral collaboration and grand solutions to the climate challenge, from February 4-6 in Tempe Arizona. Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Rates.


We have reserved rooms for you at DoubleTree Hotel. To book your room for the Summit, visit the hotel site or contact DoubleTree Hotel at 1.800.528.6481 and mention Second Nature Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit to receive the discounted rate of $169.00 for your stay at the hotel.

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Nov 14-15
Second Nature Events at COP23
Nov 14
#WeAreStillIn Day of Action
Nov 30
Learn How Campuses can Identify and Engage in Key Energy Policy
Dec 7
Analyzing Climate Leadership Network Progress
DEC 14
Off-site Renewable Energy in Competitive Power Markets
FEB 4-6
Save the Date! 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit
Day of Action Resources

The Day of Action will take place on November 14 in various states across the country. You can host a simple social media campaign or a press event. Here are some resources to support your Day of Action on campus. 

Day of Action Toolkit

Day of Action Website

Insights for Action

The Insights for Action series provides detailed analysis of issues and challenges that are faced by institutions in the Climate Leadership Network as they pursue their ambitious climate goals.

Our first issue is titled "Does Location Matter When Selecting an Of-site Renewable Project? A statistics-driven look into why project location impacts the ability to hedge against rising electricity costs." This paper also serves as a primer for our December 14 webinar on the same topic. 

2017 AASHE Presentations by Second Nature

In case you missed any of our presentations at the 2017 AASHE conference, we have uploaded the slides for you on our website.

SDGs & Paris Agreement Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments & We Are Still In

Implementation Liason Networking Session: A Network Overview

Climate Action (re) Boot Camp!


Can you see into the future? How we are attempting to do just that in Phoenix
Brian Grant, Arizona State University

Geographically, the Phoenix area is fortunate to have a limited vulnerability to hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.  Resilience to natural disasters has been overlooked in our desert city.  However, the campuses involved in the CRUX project understand the necessity of a resilience assessment and resilience planning and are signatories to the Climate Commitment.  While certain natural disasters may not be an imminent threat, we are increasingly vulnerable to climate stresses such as extreme heat, drought, flooding, and dust storms.  The first step in assessing our adaptive capacity and vulnerability to these climate stresses involved assembling campus-community task forces at each campus.   Reaching out to individuals who recognize and understand these impending conditions, as well as the capacity and drive to take action.  Each campus-community task force is dedicated to preparation and mitigation of climate impacts. 

Each campus-community task force is comprised of staff, faculty, and students from the respective campuses, as well as community leaders from organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the City of Glendale.  We meet monthly, sometimes bi-monthly, and communicate regularly via email.  The task force members are responsible for much of the breadth of the resilience assessment, and, as a fellow in the CRUX program, I organize the efforts. Read more about our work. 

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