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

Highlights from Global Climate Action Summit 2018

Carbon Pricing Toolkit Released

UC3 Expands and Report Released

Second Nature and Signatory Institutions on Global Stage at GCAS

The Global Climate Action Summit 2018 last week in San Francisco that brought together an extraordinary assembly of leaders from cities, states and tribes, businesses and investors, institutions of higher education and more. At this pivotal point in climate history and human progress, partnerships across these sectors will be key for the realization of our Paris Agreement goals. Second Nature was grateful to represent the role of higher education in leading these synergetic climate action strategies.

  • On Science to Action Day, the President of the University of California, Janet Napolitano, spoke on the role of universities advancing climate action.
  • During the We Are Still In forum, UC3 leaders showcased scalable models of climate resilience solutions with partnerships between universities, cities and communities
  • Former Secretary of State, John Kerry, gave the opening remarks for panels of higher education representatives for an in-depth discussion on the benefits and challenges of carbon pricing, and we announced the release of a carbon pricing toolkit that will help colleges and universities drive clean energy forward.
  • Tim Carter, President of Second Nature, participated on a panel about higher education reaching carbon neutrality one campus at a time.

As we came together at GCAS to “take ambition to the next level” and not only say, but show that “we are still in,” we are optimistic about higher education’s role in enhancing climate action and strategies across sectors. In order to face the challenges of climate change, these bold new partnerships and cross-sectoral efforts will create a spirit of collaboration and active willingness to make a carbon-free dream a future reality.

Leading the Way on Carbon Pricing, Colleges and Universities Launch Toolkit to Expand Implementation

We strive to give colleges and universities the practical tools they need to implement carbon reduction strategies on their campuses and beyond. The Carbon Pricing Toolkit is the product of a collaborative effort between institutions interested in applying creative ways to finance and encourage low-carbon initiatives. Colleges and universities are important leaders in offsetting the negative impacts of climate change, and pricing carbon is one instrument schools can use to advance climate solutions.

Colleges and universities are in a strategic position to develop, test out and share carbon pricing systems. By experimenting with and continuing to perfect different carbon pricing models, universities can lead the way for local governments and businesses to follow with their own carbon pricing schemes in the future. This toolkit provides recommendations, examples, and tools to guide schools through the process of exploring, designing, and implementing a carbon price on campus. View the Toolkit

UC3 Adds schools and Report Released

In late Spring and early Summer of 2018 the University Climate Challenge Coalition (UC3) held 12 cross-sector forums that engaged over 2600 stakeholders from the public sector, private industry, NGOs, and academia with more planned for Fall 2018 and in 2019. Now we are excited to announce and welcome five new research universities to the UC3 cohort: Boston University, University of Connecticut, University of South Florida, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Arizona. We look forward to working with their campuses, faculty, and students to best help their communities meet and accelerate their climate goals.

The newly released UC3 progress report reflects the accomplishments up to date of the Coalition, which is a network of research institutions committed to place-based, cross-sector climate action. The report is also designed to serve as a model for other institutions that desire to build local connections to drive climate action. It examines strategies like climate finance, water conservation, resilient infrastructure and more. Read about UC3 progress here in the Report

Ceres Webinar: Large Energy Users and Grid Mod: VA and NC Case Studies
OCT 11
A Finer Future: Creating an Economy in Service to Life - A Conversation With Hunter Lovins
OCT 17
Request for Participation Deadline, 2019 Summit
OCT 31
Climate Leadership Award Deadline
FEB 2-4, 2019
Register Now -- 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit
New Resilience Resource Reports from Signatory Schools

Below are snapshots of resilience projects underway now to serve communities through climate action, and accelerate resilience progress across the country. The snapshots include campus demonstration projects, resilience training initiatives, and community-focused activities. These projects are implemented by the Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses + Communities (CRUX) cohorts.

Climate Risks Visualization Tool at Portland State University

Community Asset Mapping at Portland State University

Community Resilience Ambassadors at South Mountain Community College

Green Devils Network Resilience Workshop Series at Arizona State University

Resilient Vegetation Planting at Portland State University

Please email to submit a resilience project snapshot from your campus.

Climate Leadership Awards Deadline Extended!

There is still time to apply for this year’s Climate Leadership Awards. The deadline has been extended to October 31st! Second Nature’s 9th Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovation and leadership in climate action, including mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments.

Apply today!

University of Richmond Purchases 100% of Electricity from Solar

The University of Virginia, a signatory institution in the Climate Leadership Network, is taking bold steps to achieve 100% of their energy needs through a renewable resource: the sun. Spider Solar will span 130 acres and produce 41,000 megawatt-hours of solar energy. This powerful example of an environment-friendly electricity option will hopefully spark more projects across the US like it.

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Climate Leadership Network Institutions invited to Horizons18: Special Offer

Second Nature is partnering with Horizon18, a global event-driven platform for collaborative clean energy solutions, to offer signatories 2 complimentary registrations per institution, and a 50% discount off the nonprofit rate for additional team attendees. Join us and your university colleagues at Horizon18 - The Global Clean Economy Solutions Summit, on October 10-11 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Find out more about the event and how to register here.

Urban Land Institute Announces New Resilience Portal

A new tool to help improve urban resilience is now available thanks to The Urban Land Institute (ULI). Its Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance has launched Developing Urban Resilience, “a free, easy-to-use portal for members and the public to access resources about real estate development projects showcasing best practices in resilient design.”

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We Spent a Week in San Francisco Talking About Climate Action: Here’s What We Learned
Ruby Woodside and Gina Stovall, Second Nature

Last week people from around the world came together at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) with the goal to “take ambition to the next level.” Second Nature President Tim Carter, Innovative Services Manager Ruby Woodside, and Cross-Sector Climate Manager Gina Stovall attended. Read a few of our takeaways from the events!

Join the Second Nature team at AASHE!

We hope to see you at the AASHE conference in Pittsburgh, October 2-4. If you'd like to set up a time to meet, let us know by directly contacting the staff listed below. 

Tim Carter
Ruby Woodside
Innovative Services Manager
Gina Stovall
Cross-Sector Climate Action Manager
Second Nature
18 Tremont Street, Suite 608
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
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