The Implementer
Higher Education Leading on Climate
Produced by Second Nature
June 2017
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Second Nature is selling Carbon Offsets

Introducing SIMAP™: UNH Partners with Second Nature

Save the Date: 2018 Climate Leadership Summit

Second Nature is Selling Carbon Offsets
Our C2P2 Program

Second Nature is selling Carbon Offsets! Climate leadership & reduced carbon emissions from higher ed campuses like Ball State University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Southern Oregon University give your campus opportunities to support sustainable initiatives within the higher ed community through the only campus-based credit system. Visit our C2P2 page for more information on purchasing credits and to see if your campus is eligible to sell carbon credits.

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Easing Your Reporting Burden: Introducing SIMAP™
Second Nature Partners with UNH

We have been working in partnership with the University of New Hampshire (UNH), to launch the Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP™). SIMAP is a new inventory tool that will replace the Excel Campus Carbon Calculator and online CarbonMAP tools. Launching in September, SIMAP will provide simple and comprehensive online tools for measuring your institution's carbon and nitrogen footprint. Signatories will have access to useful features such as export of inventory data to the Reporting Platform, and will receive 40% off the SIMAP user fee. Register for our joint webinar to learn more.


2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit
February 4-6, 2018

We realize that in order to be an effective Network, we need to gather in person every year. Please mark your calendars for our 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, February 4-6, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. In partnership with the Intentional Endowments Network, the 2018 Summit will focus on grand solutions to the climate challenge. This will include leaders from the sectors involved in the We Are Still In coalition and be solution-oriented.

JUL 18
Webinar: FutureU: Making Choices Today to Ensure Success Tomorrow
JUL 19
Webinar: How Federal Programs and Partnerships Can Help Reduce Wasted Food on Campuses
JUL 26
Webinar: How Are Campuses Harnessing Renewable Energy? New Report Tracks Trends in Higher Ed
Webinar: Greening the Heart of Postsecondary Education
SEP 22
Webinar: Campus Energy Infrastructure: Challenges, Solutions & Financing
Webinar: Greenhouse Gas Inventories: SIMAP and a New Partnership with UNH
FEB 4-6
Save the Date! 2018 Climate Leadership Summit
Resources from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL recently released two resources that are of interest to colleges and universities.

  • Sustainability Actions in Higher Education : This fact sheet reviews solar pricing trends, provides resources for evaluating solar, and compares solar to other sustainability actions.
  • State-by-State Policy Guide for Midsized Solar Customers : New website that equips prospective solar customers with the tools necessary to understand and use the solar policies of their state for midmarket solar projects. This inventory serves as an online and up-to-date version of the report's state-by-state summaries. Each state's webpage highlights policy gaps and opportunities in that state's policies that either inhibit or enable midmarket projects.
Considerations for ESG Policy Development

The Intentional Endowments Network knows articulating policy is important. They have created new resource, Considerations for ESG Policy Development, that contains descriptions of the key elements of purpose, priorities, and principles and some examples of language that may be useful for spurring dialogue, thinking, and policy development. 

The Paris Agreement in the Investment Policy

Climate change is a critical sustainability priority, which presents a range of risks and opportunities for investors. One potential framework for integrating climate considerations into investment policies is the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. In The Paris Agreement in the Investment Policy, IEN lists the three aims of the Agreement and offer examples of language that may be included in a statement of priorities.

AASHE Introduces New Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program is the newest member benefit launched by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This program aims to enhance personal connections and knowledge sharing between campus sustainability practitioners. AASHE members can apply to be a mentor or a mentee by August 4, 2017. 

Become A Member | Apply

Portland Talks Resilience, Community
by Thea Kindschuh, CRUX Project Coordinator, Portland Cluster

The Climate Resilient Urban Campuses and Communities (CRUX) program is well underway in Portland, as collaborations with Portland State University (PSU), Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) and community partners move toward developing climate resilience strategies at the campus-community scale. CRUX  is funded by a grant from the Kresge Foundation to pilot Second Nature’s climate resilience planning framework on a campus-community scale. As the CRUX fellow for Portland, I am currently five months into the process and am working closely with our Portland community partners. We are already gaining momentum in community engagement and are identifying our priority areas and are developing strategies. Find out what the communities are saying.

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A Disproportional Response
By Timothy Carter

As any fan of the West Wing (or real-live politics for that matter) knows, the idea of a “proportional response” is well-known. In essence, the idea is that retaliation for an action taken against a government should be relatively similar to the original affront. Often this is a military context: if a country bombs an airfield, the responding country doesn’t typically send in ground troops to take over the capitol…the response is to disable some aviation system in return. This, in theory, avoids escalation of conflict. Stepping on someone’s toe shouldn’t result in your house being burned down.

This concept could work when one is trying to maintain status quo or to keep system change from occurring. But what about situations where this isn’t the case…where proportional responses will hinder desired changes rather than accelerate them?

It may be one of the challenges with climate action.

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Meet our new CRUX Fellow

Thea is the Project Coordinator for the Portland cluster of Second Nature’s Climate Resilient Urban Campuses and Communities (CRUX) Fellowship. She is working with Portland State University (PSU), Mt. Hood Community College, City of Gresham and the City of Portland to develop inclusive and meaningful campus-community climate resilience plans. Born and raised in Portland, Thea began working for PSU’s Campus Sustainability Office as the Reuse Coordinator from 2013-2015, and after studying at Seattle and Uppsala Universities completed her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies at PSU in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at PSU, striving for equity and inclusion through community identity and compassionate systems.

Thea Kindschuh
CRUX Project Coordinator, Portland Cluster
Second Nature
18 Tremont Street, Suite 608
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
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