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

2018 Climate Leadership Awards Now Accepting Applications

Congratulations, Radford University!

Take the SIMAP Survey!

‘Cross-border’ collaboration: University leaders talk climate change solutions

Signatories Support Transition to Clean Transportation Future




2018 Climate Leadership Awards Now Accepting Applications

Second Nature’s 9th Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovation and leadership in climate action. This year, we are changing things up and have added some new opportunities!

We are expanding the Awards program to include three new categories: Student Preparedness, Climate Innovation, and Cross-Sector Collaboration. Overall winners will still be presented to one 2-year institution and one 4-year institution. 

Also new this year, signatories will have the opportunity to be featured on our “Top-5 Universities and Colleges to Watch in Climate Leadership 2019” list that will be publicized to the Network and our partners in January 2019. So, get started today!

Applications will close on September 20, 2018, 11:59PM (EDT).

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Congratulations, Radford University!

Radford University is the winner of the Complimentary Summit Team Registration!

To show our appreciation, all signatories that submitted dues payment by June 30 were eligible to win one complimentary team registration for the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. Congratulations, Radford University and we look forward to seeing you at the Summit! 


Please Take the SIMAP Survey

For signatories that used SIMAP, we want to hear about your experience. Please take this survey.

For signatories that did not use SIMAP, UNHSI wants to hear how you are accounting for your carbon and nitrogen emissions. Please take this survey.

‘Cross-border’ collaboration: University leaders talk climate change solutions
By The Daily California

Janett Napolitano, President, University of California, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, State University of New York, and Timothy Carter, President, Second Nature, participated in a panel discussing the importance of cross-sector collaboration in addressing climate change. UC and SUNY are members of the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) — a network of 13 research universities across Canada, the United States and Mexico. The event was hosted in Washington, D.C. by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, or CSIS. 

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Signatories Support Transition to Clean Transportation Future
By Ceres and Second Nature


Second Nature working in partnership with Ceres, helped to add higher education's voice urging Governors in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States to transition to a clean transportation future. Campuses joined the businesses and healthcare systems in seeking solutions to drive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from transportation activities. Thank you to our Climate Leadership Commitment Signatories that signed the letter that was delivered to the Governors this week. 

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Divesting from Climate Science Deniers - The Barnard College Story
AUG 23
SAVE THE DATE - Resilience webinar: Finance and Funding
SAVE THE DATE - Coordinated Planning & Partnerships Webinar
Organizing a Campus-Community Resilience Building Workshop
OCT 11
SAVE THE DATE - A Finer Future: Creating an Economy in Service to Life - A Conversation With Hunter Lovins
FEB 10-12, 2019
Save the Date for the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit
Higher Education’s Leading Role in Cross-sector Climate Action - Webinar now available

View our recent webinar that focused on how the higher ed sector has been engaging with government, businesses, and the community to lead on climate. We reflected on how institutions in the Climate Leadership Network have been pursuing carbon neutrality in campus operations, created new climate solutions through innovative research, and prepared students to solve the urgent climate challenges of the 21st century. A year ago, many schools across the country stepped up to do even more. 

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Resilience Bootcamp – Turning Threats into Opportunities

Resilience is a hot topic for those who work within the campus operational and built environment. This workshop will be hosted by Second Nature on Tuesday, October 2 at AASHE, and is designed to complement Second Nature’s “Organizing a Campus-Community Resilience Building Workshop.” The workshop will provide guidance on sustainable best practices in the planning and design phase of the project as well as a means of evaluating completed projects.


#YouthStepUp Climate Contest

The contest, organized by Our Climate, invites young people from across the United States to submit their ideas for bold solutions to combat climate change via a creative project and essay. Winners will receive prizes of up to $5,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to attend the summit in San Francisco on September 12-14, 2018. 

Submissions are due August 3. If you have any questions please email

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Zero Waste Curriculum Toolkit

USGBC just released its 4th post-secondary curricular toolkit, Zero Waste Curriculum Toolkit, which is available for free access. Take a look and share with your colleagues. These resources and activities prepare higher education students for 21st century careers in green building and sustainability industries.

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On-Demand Sustainability Webinars

Sign up to view free on-demand sustainabilty webinars. Cool Choices offers topics that specialize in addressing how your business or organization can accelerate corporate sustainability initiatives through employee engagement strategies.

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Building a Foundation for Resilience Planning: Lessons Learned at Green Mountain College
by Jacob Nelson, Campus Resilience Project Co-Leader, Green Mountain College 2018

This spring semester at Green Mountain College (GMC), we took stock of our resilience as a campus and community. This community engagement process, culminating in our resilience assessment report, will help the college prioritize where to invest in building social and ecological resilience. There are some lessons we learned along the way. Perhaps they’ll help you envision how your school could approach resilience assessment in your context.

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Welcome to our new Chair and Vice Chair to the Second Nature Steering Committee!



Scott Miller, Chair
President, Virginia Wesleyan University
Elsa Núñez, Vice Chair
President, Eastern Connecticut State University
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