The Implementer
Higher Education Leading on Climate
Produced by Second Nature
March 2018
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Perspectives on the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit

UC's Three-Step plan to Carbon Neutrality

CSU gets 'overwhelming' response to request for renewable energy projects




Perspectives on the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit
Written by IEN and Second Nature leaders

Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) held the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit February 4-6 in Tempe, Arizona.  It was the year’s largest gathering of higher education presidents, chancellors, trustees, and other senior leaders committed to accelerating climate solutions with over 275 participants. 

Both Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network are built on the belief that collaborative action and learning networks support, facilitate, generate and encourage higher education’s climate action in ways that couldn’t happen if campuses were acting in isolation. The transformation to a low carbon, circular production, and socially just economy is one of the largest and most complex societal challenges in history. 

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Save the Date! We are excited to announce that next year's Summit will take place from February 10 - 12, at the Tempe Mission Palms. Stay tuned for more details. 

UC's Three-Step Plan for Carbon Neutrality


Universities across the United States have set ambitious goals to shrink their carbon footprints, including the University of California, which launched its Carbon Neutrality Initiative in 2013, aiming for carbon neutrality by 2025. But amid broad support, how would the university actually hit that target?

A 27-member team uniquely comprised of researchers, facilities managers, sustainability officers and students from across the UC campuses has released a report that helps answer this important “how” question.

The report’s three-step plan for weaning off natural gas entails aggressively increasing energy efficiency across all ten campuses and five medical centers; replacing natural gas with biogas in the short term; and in the long run, electrifying all end uses of energy and switching to only renewable sources.

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CSU gets 'overwhelming' response to request for renewable energy projects

Colorado State University officials are wading through about 75 proposed projects to help the school reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. The university received bids from 27 companies, some of which proposed multiple projects, CSU energy engineer Carol Dollard said.

CSU President Tony Frank signed a Climate Reality Project renewable energy pledge in January 2017 following a student- and faculty-driven effort that included more than 4,300 petition signatures. The university put out a request for proposals later in 2017.

A team of CSU officials and community members is now reviewing the bids, which include solar and wind projects, Dollard said. Details on the bids are scant as the review process continues, but Dollard said the team hopes to have “more clarity” in March.

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JAN 1 - MAY 1
Climate Leadership Network Reporting Period
Renewable Energy Markets 101 presented by the Center for Responsible Solutions
RECs the Right Way: Report Accurately and Maximize Impact
FEB 10-12, 2019
Save the Date for the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit
Call for Applications for Manila, Philippines, Fact-Finding Trip

Carnegie Council’s Asia Dialogues program will lead a one-week fact finding trip (site visit) to Manila, Philippines, during the week of October 22, 2018. The purpose of the trip will be to conduct dialogues with experts and practitioners to explore current issues relating to climate change in Philippine politics and society. They are now accepting applications from students and professionals under 40 from the United States and East Asia to join this trip as a delegate.

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Community Resilience in an Era of Upheaval

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

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Resilience Matters: Transformative Thinking in a Year of Crisis

A new (and free!) e-book from the Urban Resilience Project showcases sustainable, equitable environmental solutions in action.

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Rapid-Fire Popcorn Sessions

During the Summit, diverse organizations participated in a series of 4-minute rapid-fire presentations on trends and information regarding climate solutions in the campus and business space. We have made all sessions and panels from the Summit available online. Our team members at Second Nature and Intentional Endowments Network have also been sharing their reflections of the Summit.

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Climate Studies Diversity Project

The American Meteorological Society’s Education Program invites faculty at minority-serving 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities to apply for the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project. AMS will select 20 faculty participants to attend the expenses-paid Course Implementation Workshop in Silver Spring, Maryland from July 29 - August 3, 2018. The application deadline is April 15, 2018.

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Driving Conversations and Setting Examples
By Ruby Woodside, Innovative Services Manager

It’s difficult to summarize my takeaways from the Summit; there are so many! I’m especially excited and impressed by the ways institutions are approaching climate resilience. Several schools took a leap of faith and signed the Climate or Resilience Commitment before there were many examples of what a resilient campus looked like, or a clear path for them to follow.

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Resilience in the Face of Challenge
By Janna Cohen-Rosenthal, Director of Climate Programs

The summit brought a reminder how our lives and organizational efforts are very impacted by our unique environments and but also how despite these differences we have many similarities and should strive to collaborate even more.

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Drive Students in Climate Action
By Stephen Ellis, Climate Programs Manager

I am glad I had the opportunity to participate in the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) workshop discussing topics related to climate justice, diversity and inclusion, and the “HBCU Green Fund”. Their new “HBCU Green Fund” initiatives will bring about two sustainable investing methods/goals. One funded by students to help drive students in climate action, and the other by well-endowed institutions to fund potential retrofitting and renewable energy projects. The topics Second Nature and Intentional Endowment Network chose to highlight at the 2018 Climate Leadership Summit has led me to consider the next steps the Climate Leadership Network

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2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit Photo Album

Not able to make it to the Summit? Or missing your friends already? View our Summit photo album.

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