The Implementer
Higher Education Leading on Climate
Produced by Second Nature
August 2016
In this issue…

2017 Summit Request for Participation

Carbon Offset Guidance Input Request

Network Snapshots 2015 Full Download


Educational Events


From the Second Nature Blog


Meet the 16-17 Leadership Level Signatories

Request for Participation: 2017 Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership
Seeking Proposals and Reviewers

Second Nature is inviting the Climate Leadership Network and friends from all disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives to submit proposals for sessions, workshops, and presentations for the 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit. Submit a proposal.

Want to be a reviewer? Second Nature is also seeking volunteer reviewers from the higher education field. Reviewers must be available to review assigned submissions between Sept. 28 - Oct. 11, 2016. Volunteer to review.

For more information, including instructions on navigating the proposal and volunteer reviewer platform, read the guidelines for proposals. For questions, contact Devin Smith.

Carbon Offset Guidance Draft
Open for Public Comment until Sept 15

Second Nature is pleased to announce its newly updated Carbon Offset Guidance chapter. We are seeking comments and feedback from the Climate Leadership Network by September 15 to inform and adjust the final work. Based on comments received, the guidance update will be finalized and incorporated into the Sustainability Planning & Climate Action Guide and then released at the 2016 AASHE Conference & Expo. Review guidance and submit your feedback.

2015 Network Snapshots
Full series available for download

Our graphic series shows some of the collective progress of the Climate Leadership Network and Second Nature. Including a broad range of information, from cummulative GHG emissions, to a 10-year timeline of Climate Leadership Network milestones, we hope these graphics will remind us the power of collective commitment and help our signatories talk about their work. You can download the whole series, or any of our individual snapshots.

AUG 25
Intentionally Designed Endowment Forum, San Francisco State University
AUG 30
Webinar: Developing Carbon Credits on Campus
Climate Leadership Commitment Signatory Dues
AASHE 2016 Conference & Expo, Baltimore, MD
Intentionally Designed Endowment Forum, Loyola University Chicago
SCUP Urban Campus Resilience Symposium, Boston
FEB 2017
2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit, AZ
Second Nature Events
Deadlines + Proposals
Other Opportunities
Implementation Structures for Resilience

In this video from Second Nature, Brett Pasinella walks viewers through tips on the first year of implementation and reporting for the Climate Commitment or the Resilience Commitment, including information on:

  • Resilience Commitment requirements & timeline
  • Resources to support organizing a Campus-Community Task Force
  • Key sections of the Sustainability & Climate Action Planning Guide
  • Preview: Resilience Planning & Implementation Framework
  • What will the Task Force work on during the 2nd year of implementation?

Watch or download slides

Glacial Balance Documentary Discount and Donation

Glacial Balance is a documentary on those first affected by the melting glacial reserves in South America, and the chain reaction effect these disappearing glaciers are having worldwide.


Discounted licenses are currently available for academic institutions, along with an offer for Climate Leadership Commitment signatories. For every academic license (university or K-12) of Glacial Balance purchased between now and mid-September 2016, they will donate a copy of Glacial Balance with accompanying academic and public performance license to the K-12 school of your choice.


Indicate in the notes of your order, or in an email, the school/contact name where you would like this copy to be gifted.

Order a copy, donate to a school.

Towards a Sustainable University

Anthony Cortese, founder of Second Nature and principal at the Intentional Endowments Network, reviews Michael Crow and William Dabars’s new book, Designing the New American University for GTI.

In the review, he assess the experiment at Arizona State Universsity detailed in the book, and reflects on the broader, systemic changes needed to make higher education institutions leaders in the field of sustainability. Read the review.

Solar Energy on Campus: Opportunities and Common Pitfalls in Communicating Renewable Energy use in Higher Education

As universities and colleges green their electricity with solar through onsite generation, power purchase agreements (PPAs), and renewable energy certificate (REC) purchases, these institutions must be clear and accurate in their claims to avoid reputational and legal risk. This webinar, featuring representatives from Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), discusses:

• The role of RECs in renewable energy claims
• Acceptable language for making accurate claims
• The advantages and risks of solar purchasing options 
• And much more

Watch recording.

Welcome Tufts University
by Ruby Woodside, Second Nature

Our newest signatory in New England, Tufts University, joined the Climate Leadership Network in April, and I am excited to welcome them to our network! As a charter signatory of the Climate Commitment, Tufts will work to increase climate resilience while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions to reach carbon neutrality.


Tufts has long been a regional leader in sustainability, and is already doing great climate action work. For example, Tufts is currently working with Second Nature and CB&I to develop a climate resilience assessment tool that will help identify potential shared indicators of resilience between higher education institutions and cities. Tufts is also undertaking infrastructure improvements that will reduce GHG emissions; this summer Tufts is planning to complete a new energy efficient Central Energy Plant that will cogenerate electricity, steam, hot water for heating, and chilled water for cooling. In addition, as a research institution Tufts faculty and students are engaged in sustainability research in projects ranging from engineering and climate policy to drama and dance.


I asked Tufts president Anthony Monaco what it means for Tufts to join the Climate Leadership Network, and how climate action aligns with the school’s mission and vision for the future.... Read More.

Meet the 2016-2017 Leadership Level Signatories

Leadership Level dues are used to further the reach of the Climate Leadership Commitments, through pilot programs and new resources. Thanks to Leadership Level Signatories throughout the years, the Climate Leadership Network is stronger and continues to flourish.

Ball State University
Maxima Cum Laude
Chatham University
Magna Cum Laude
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