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

Marks of Distinction Are Out!

Reporting Deadline is Coming Up!

Application Period for 2018 Green Power Leadership Awards Extended



Marks of Distinction Are Out!
Making Our Mark - Leading With Distinction

We are pleased to launch Marks of Distinction for the Climate Leadership Network, an initiative that recognizes a select group of signatories that set high-performance goals, demonstrate and report measurable progress towards those goals, and support Network activities.

Our Climate Leadership Network is more important than ever given this unique period in our country’s history. This past year the Network stepped up in major ways to lead national climate progress. From setting the some of the country’s most aggressive renewable energy targets to leading discussions at the international climate negotiations -   we are part of the only higher education network dedicated to climate action in the country, and our work has made a difference!

Learn More and see if your school earned Marks!

Reporting Deadline is Coming Up
Submit your report by May 1, 2018

It is that time again when we report our progress and measure our success as individual institutions and as a Network. Remember to submit your eporting by May 1, 2018. The Second Nature team is here to support you. We created a few short videos to guide you through the process. If you need any further assistance, please contact us at or call us at 617-329-5461.

Short Videos:

How to Navigate Your Institution’s Profile on the Reporting Platform

How to Navigate and Submit Your Reports on the Reporting Platform

How to Sync Your SIMAP Account to Second Nature Reporting Platform

Application Period for 2018 Green Power Leadership Awards Extended!

EPA appreciates those many organizations who have already submitted applications for the Green Power Leadership Awards, but in response to multiple requests, EPA is extending the application  to April 13.

Don't miss your opportunity to get recognition for leading the way on green power! The annual Green Power Leadership Awards are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. EPA's Green Power Leadership Awards serve to recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources.


JAN 1 - MAY 1
Climate Leadership Network Reporting Period
May 22, 2-3 PM (EDT)
Save the Date: Network Offset Webinar
June 25 - 26
Net Positive for Higher Education Symposium
FEB 10-12, 2019
Save the Date for the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit
New Guidance Document: “Offsets and RECs: What’s the Difference?”

Confused why renewable energy certificates (RECs) are not carbon offsets?

The Green Power Partnership recently released a white paper to aid organizations and stakeholders that are confused about the difference between renewable energy certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets.


Get Funded to Travel to the Conference

Antioch University New England and NOAA are pleased to offer new registration grant funds to enable participants to apply for a grant to cover conference registration costs up to $345 to participate in the 2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference, to be held in Manchester, NH, April 30-May 2, 2018.

Learn More

Community Resilience in an Era of Upheaval - Recording Now Available

Contributors to "The Community Resilience Reader" Daniel Lerch, Rebecca Wodder, and Richard Heinberg, presented on the six foundations for community resilience. They also provided an explanation of the framework and theme of the resilience reader, illustrated the state of multiple sustainability crises and shared examples of resilient systems that better address issues of water at the community level.

Listen to Recording

New Climate Change Program Abroad

The School of International Training, one of our signatories, has a new MA in Climate Change up and running in Iceland and Tanzania! 

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Community, Collaboration, and Change
By Raquel Menanno, Los Angeles CRUX Fellow

Community engagement was an important element in developing a climate resilience plan for California State University Northridge (CSUN) and the neighborhood of Northridge. The graduate students of CSUN’s Master of Urban Planning program held a meeting with Northridge Vision, which is comprised of Northridge East, West, and South Neighborhood councils, to identify strengths and vulnerabilities in relation to resilience in the area of Northridge. In addition to meeting with Northridge Vision, an Open House was held at CSUN to gain input from students and faculty for identifying further strengths and vulnerabilities. These meetings helped better understand what the community believes to be important with regards to the ability of Northridge to recover from crises. Based on community input, three key topics of importance were identified.

Continue reading for those 3 key topics


City Resilience Planning: What can Campuses Learn?
By Valerie Weiner, Climate Programs Intern

Incorporating resilience into a Climate Action Plan can be complicated and time intensive for colleges and universities. For many schools new to the process, planning for resilience can seem like a daunting task. City Resilience Plans are a resource for ideas and concepts that can help guide this process. Though there are important differences between city and campus institutions, there are many opportunities for collaboration, growth, and information sharing that will help campus plans move forward.

I analyzed fourteen different City Resilience Plans to find where there was overlap and outliers in their approaches to resilience planning and implementation.

Continue Reading

Welcome our newest team members!
Peter Cunningham
Climate Programs Intern
Raquel Menanno
Los Angeles CRUX Fellow
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