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

2019 Summit - Request for Participation Now Open

Resilient Northridge: A Plan for a Better Community & Campus

2018 Climate Leadership Awards Now Accepting Applications

2019 Summit - Request for Participation Now Open

Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network is inviting the Climate Leadership Network and friends from all disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives to submit proposals for next-level conversations, workshops, and concurrent sessions for the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit being held February 10-12, 2019 in Tempe, AZ

If you haven't already, make sure to reserve your spot and register today.

Resilient Northridge: A Plan for a Better Community & Campus
By Craig T. Olwert, PhD, Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Planning, California State University, Northridge

Resilient Northridge:  A Plan for a Better Community & Campus is the outcome of much work by the California State University, Northridge Master of Urban Planning students to increase local resiliency and is part of the Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses + Communities (CRUX) initiative. The plan was developed over two semesters as part of the master students’ professional project. They chose and identified 15 indicators from the 100 Resilient Cities program that are most critical to the Northridge neighborhoods and the campus.

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Celebrate Your Success! Apply for the Climate Leadership Awards

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. 

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

AUG 23
Resilience webinar: Finance and Funding
Coordinated Planning & Partnerships Webinar
Organizing a Campus-Community Resilience Building Workshop
OCT 11
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
Briefing Paper: Options for Endowment Investment in Solar Energy

This briefing paper by the Intentional Endowment Network focuses on solar energy and how to most effectively enable endowments to make investments in solar projects, and the solar energy market as a whole. It provides guidance on three main approaches endowments can utilize to invest in solar. Universities may use their operating budget to procure solar power from a third-party owned solar project, however that is not covered in this paper, which is focused on endowment investment in solar.

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Hiring an Investment Consultant: Making Your ESG Intention Actionable

This resource provides guidance for investors looking for an investment consultant who will help them align their portfolio with their mission throughout the investment process including (1) exploring investment beliefs, (2) defining objectives, setting strategic asset allocation and (3) risk budgeting, manager selection, and ongoing monitoring and reporting.

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We Are Still In Contribution Campaign

In 2017, American climate leaders stood together and declared to the world that America would not waver in its commitment to climate action. In 2018, American climate leaders are working together to implement our goals and step up our efforts. In joining We Are Still In and/or submitting a contribution to climate action on behalf of your organization, you’ll be supported by peers and partners in the movement, provided with resources to enhance and implement your commitments, and granted new opportunities to collaborate and communicate with others.

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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.


Millennials are Leading an Investment Revolution — Here's What Makes Their Generation Different

As we consider the future of our education system and the motivations of our students, this articel by Business Insider may be a helpful indicator on what we could or should focus on. Millennials are more interested in working for, buying from, and investing in companies that share their values than older generations, according to data collected by Nuveen for its "Third Annual Responsible Investing Survey."

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Climate Resilient Urban Campuses and Communities: Final Showcase in Portland
This blog post was written by Portland CRUX Fellow Thea Kindschuh

Throughout the day, the interest and excitement among participants was palpable, and the ideas generated spilled over to a happy hour in downtown Portland. For everyone involved in the CRUX project, this was just the beginning of partnerships. 

On July 9, 2018 Climate Resilient Urban Campuses and Communities (CRUX) Portland hosted an end-of-grant showcase of the resilience work achieved over the past two years. Phoenix CRUX Fellow Brian Grant and Second Nature Innovative Services Manager Ruby Woodside flew in to join Portland participants from Portland State University (PSU), Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), and Portland Community College in touring MHCC’s natural areas and hearing about research and partnerships in resilience at PSU.

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Second Nature is Hiring a Director of Strategic Partnerships

Exciting opportunity for an experienced and innovative leader to design, develop, and oversee Second Nature’s strategic partnerships, integrate these partnerships with Second Nature’s climate action programs and advocacy / policy efforts, and develop new revenue streams for Second Nature through partnerships.

Please fill out the form below. Upload a Resume, Cover Letter, relevant writing same and/or relevant work product. Direct your cover letter to: Tim Carter, President of Second Nature. No emails or phone calls, please. Deadline Friday, August 17, 2018.

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Join UC3

Does your research institution want to be a part of a high-profile international coalition that leverages institutional strengths to foster a robust exchange of best practices and lessons learned in pursuit of accelerating local climate solutions that reduce greenhouse emissions and build community resilience? UC3 is welcoming additional campuses. Learn about eligibility and opportunities associated with the new coalition.


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