The Implementer
Higher Education Leading on Climate
Produced by Second Nature
Dec 2015 - Jan 2016
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American Campuses Act on Climate

2015 CLA Video Voting Contest

Charter Signatory Period Open


Educational Events


From the Second Nature Blog


Meet the Staff

American Campuses Act on Climate
Nearly 70% of pledgers are Climate Leadership Commitment signatories

On November 19th, 2015, the White House launched American Campuses Act on Climate (ACAC) initiative to amplify the voice of the higher-ed community in support of a strong international climate agreement in the United Nations COP21 climate negotiations in Paris. The launch included a White House roundtable with campus and business leaders, including school presidents and students, to highlight best practices to promote sustainability and address climate change on college campuses. Additionally, a live-streamed conversation with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy also energized young people to achieve ambitious climate goals on their campuses and push for increased global action.

As of December 10, 318 colleges and universities representing over 4 million students have demonstrated their commitment by joining the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge. Modeled on the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, it complements any previous pledges or commitments institutions might have already. Read More.

2015 CLA Video Voting Contest
Winner Announced

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has garnered the most votes for their video, and won a screening of the new documentary "Glacial Balance", along with a virtual Q&A session with the filmmaker. The Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate change mitigation, and resilience at college and university campuses. Finalists created videos highlighting sustainability initiatives on their campus and were competing for top votes online. View the winning video.

Charter Signatory Period Open
for Climate and Resilience Commitments

The Charter Signatory period for the Climate and Resilience Commitments is open until April 22, 2016. To be included in these inaugural groups, a president or chancellor must sign the Climate Commitment, or sign the Resilience Commitment. Charter Signatories of the Climate and Resilience Commitments will be recognized on our website and in our publications. Become a charter signatory.

JAN 15
Reporting Deadline: Climate Leadership Commitments
FEB 26
SCUP 2016 Excellence Awards Calls for Entries
2016 Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference, Baltimore, MD
Climate & Resilience Commitment Charter Period Closes
Second Nature Events
Deadlines + Proposals
Other Opportunities
White House Fact Sheet- Paris Agreement

More than 190 countries came together to adopt the most ambitious climate change agreement in history. The Paris Agreement establishes a long term, durable global framework to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. For the first time, all countries commit to putting forward successive and ambitious, nationally determined climate targets and reporting on their progress towards them using a rigorous, standardized process of review. Learn more.

The Paris Agreement

This new global framework lays the foundation for countries to work together to put the world on a path to keeping global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius and sets an ambitious vision to go even farther than that. This Agreement sends a strong signal to the private sector that the global economy is moving towards clean energy, and that through innovation and ingenuity, we can achieve our climate objectives while creating new jobs, raising standards of living and lifting millions out of poverty. Read the full text.

Free GRITS Access for APPA Members

The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) and APPA have launched a new partnership that will provide all APPA members with free access to the Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS). GRITS is a project-management web tool that allows users to track and analyze the energy, financial, and carbon savings data from their energy- and resource-efficiency projects, as well as access a Library of more than 1,100 projects completed by other GRITS users across the U.S. and Canada. Learn more and sign up.

Climate Leadership Twitter Lists

Want to stay up to date with what the signatories and presidents of the Climate Leadership Commitments are sharing? Follow our Twitter lists, "Climate Leader Presidents" and "Climate Leaders Network".

Green is the New Black: Environmental Justice and HBCUs
by Dr. Amanda Masino and Dr. Karen Magid, Huston-Tillotson University

Over the last several years, Huston-Tillotson University (HT) in Austin, TX has been steadily improving its environmental profile. Highlights include the introduction of an Environmental Studies major, a 240 kW rooftop solar installation, environmental education and outreach via the Dumpster Project, the activities of sustainability student group Green is the New Black, and attendance at the United Nations COP21 climate conference in Paris. This progress is just part of what we hope is a broad campus transformation. Building a green identity requires clear self-reflection; we continually ask “what does it really mean for a university to be green?” For a historically black institution like HT, a large part of the answer lies in the intersection between the school’s history and the practice of environmental justice. Read more »

Negotiation Between Humans and Nature
by Shurui Zhang

Growing up in a family of architects, I was always interested in culture and the built environment – how nature has shaped human behavior, how human activities have influenced the environment, and how the relationship between culture and nature evolved throughout history. I found myself constantly pondering these questions in terms of anthropology, ecology, and aesthetics. Naturally, I applied for architecture degrees at universities in the United States, hoping to learn more about the built environment. However, there must have been a glitch in the application system, since I got admitted into a landscape architecture degree program in the University of Illinois. Since the school has a great reputation, I decided to accept the offer and switch my major right after I got in... Read more »

Computers & Energy Efficiency: a Free Resource for Sustainability Managers
by Gabriela Boscio

If you attended our June 16 webinar, you already know that computer networks and data centers present numerous opportunities to reduce energy costs. For example, configuring computers to automatically drop into a low power “sleep mode” when inactive saves $10-100 per computer annually, according to Energy Star. However, it can be very challenging for sustainability professionals with no background in IT management to advocate for changes within their IT organization. That’s why we want to remind you about the Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign, a nationwide effort to assist and recognize organizations for reducing the energy consumed by their IT equipment. Read more »

Meet the Staff

Second Nature staff have diverse strengths and backgrounds, and bring these to light in a variety of roles. Learn more about four of the dedicated members on our team.

Senai Andikiel
Operations Intern
Julia Pease
Ruby Woodside
Carbon Credit and Purchasing Program Intern
Shurui Zhang
Design and Communications Intern
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