The Implementer
Higher Education Leading on Climate
Produced by Second Nature
March 2017
In this issue…

Reporting Reminder

Connecting to Change the World

Transforming Investing for a Climate Safe Future

New England Climate Leadership Alignment Initiative

Climate Leadership Network Working Groups


Educational Events


From the Second Nature Blog


Meet the Summit Sponsors

Reporting Reminder
Submit your reports before May 1st

This is a reminder that all Climate Leadership Commitment signatories need to submit an Annual Progress Evaluation each year. Signatories can report annual progress between the dates of January 1st - May 1st. For questions, support, or to schedule a walk-through of the new Reporting Platform contact

New Reporting Platform | Video Walkthrough

Video: Connecting to Change the World: The Future of the Climate Leadership Network

What is a "Generative Social Impact" Network? In this panel discussion, presenters explore network principles, apply these principles to global city networks, and consider how they apply to the Climate Leadership Network. Presented at the 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit on February 14, 2017.

Speakers: Johanna Partin, Urban Sustainability Directors Network; John Cleveland, Innovation Network for Communities, Boston Green Ribbon Commission; and Brendan Shane, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

Watch video.

Video: Transforming Investing for a Climate Safe Future
2017 Summit Closing Session

How do we leverage investments in the higher education sector and align them with our climate leadership and action? In this panel, speakers discuss how to achieve this and what we can look forward to from business and investment funds to support this work. Presented at the 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit on February 15th.

Speakers: Wim Wiewel, Portland State University; Bob Litterman, Kepos Capital; Geeta Aiyer, Boston Common Asset Management; Seren Pendleton-Knoll, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Center for Responsible Business.

Watch video.

New England Climate Leadership Alignment Initiative (NECLAI)

How can climate action help your institution achieve its strategic goals? What is the value of implementing the Climate Leadership Commitments on your campus? Second Nature is working to address these questions through the New England Climate Leadership Alignment Initiative (NECLAI).  Building upon the Big Ten and Friends Sustainability Group’s work, NECLAI aims to help sustainability officers identify where and how their Commitments contribute to strategic priorities at their college or university. Learn more.

Climate Leadership Network Working Groups

The strength of the Climate Leadership Network lies in its diversity and collective knowledge. To tap into these resources, Second Nature periodically convenes Working Groups that tackle relevant topics and help to create new tools. These working groups are composed of volunteers from signatory institutions, and the work and conclusions they draw are harnessed and shared broadly for the benefit of the Network. Thank you to all our working group volunteers from throughout the years. Learn more.

JAN 1- MAY 1
New Climate Leadership Network Reporting Period
Webinar: Large-Scale Renewables: The Next Chapter in Higher Education Sustainability Leadership
MAR 15
Climate Studies Diversity Project Application Deadline
Online registration closes for Smart and Sustainable 2017
Webinar: Expanding Access to Renewable Energy – Customizing for Higher Education
MARCH 26-28
2017 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference, MD
APR 19
Webinar: Reducing campus emissions and energy bills through software-based HVAC optimization
Webinar: Achieving Climate Action Goals by Leveraging Data Analytics
Second Nature Events
Deadlines + Proposals
Other Opportunities
Webinar: Large-Scale Renewables- The Next Chapter in Higher Education Sustainability Leadership

March 14, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 pm EDT 
As campuses pursue carbon neutrality, incorporating large-scale renewable energy can be a powerful tool for reaching ambitious climate action goals. In this webinar, presented in partnership with CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR), speakers will discuss the opportunities and challenges of large-scale renewables and aggregation, and provide guidance on how to successfully pursue these opportunities. Speakers will also provide peer case studies and tools, as discussed in a new joint white paper from CFR and Second Nature. Attendees will walk away with information and inspiration to explore their campus renewable energy options.


Webinar: Expanding Access to Renewable Energy – Customizing for Higher Education

Wed, Mar 22, 2017 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

This webinar, hosted in partnership with Altenex, will focus on a power purchase agreement (PPA) that specifically addresses these barriers. Altenex, an Edison Energy Company, has developed an innovative, new PPA structure called PowerBloks™. PowerBloks allow colleges and universities to benefit from the favorable economics of large-scale projects in increments of 10 megawatts (MW) for contracts of just ten years in duration – smaller and shorter PPAs than have previously been available. *For higher eductaion institutions only*.


2017 Summit Video Playlist

Watch recordings of all the main stage events form the 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit in Tempe, AZ, as well as select recordings of breakout sessions. List still being populated, so stay tuned for more videos! Watch

Post-Summit Survey

If you attended the 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit, please take a few minutes to help us improve future gatherings by sharing your feedback through our anonymous survey. Share your Feedback

Summit Photos

The 2017 Summit saw close to 300 attendees come together to discuss climate action and innovation. Attendees included higher education Senior Leadership and Sustainability Staff, as well as representatives form nonprofits and green businesses across the country. Check out pictures from the sessions, keynotes and receptions. See Album

Webinar: Communicating About Clean Energy and Climate Change Solutions

Struggling to reach and motivate stakeholders to engage in outreach events? Participants in this webinar will learn the basics of developing an effective climate engagement strategy for their target audiences. This webinar, brought to you by Antioch University New England and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will cover:

• A summary of public opinion on clean energy and climate issues;
• Tips on developing values based framing;
• Examples of community engagement approaches
• Common communication challenges and how to overcome these challenges based on translated and applied social science research.


2017 Green Power Leadership Awards

The application period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2017 Green Power Leadership Awards is now open and will close on March 24. EPA will present the awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) during the Renewable Energy Markets Conference, which will take place in New York City from October 22-24, 2017. The awards serve to recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources. Learn more

Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus

America’s colleges and universities are positioned to lead the transition to 100 percent renewable energy. This report, developed by Environment America Research & Policy Center, stresses that a complete shift to clean, renewable energy is the best way for colleges and universities to achieve their carbon reduction goals and highlights schools across the country that are taking measures to make the transition to renewable energy. Download pdf.

Climate Studies Diversity Project for MSIs

The American Meteorological Society’s Education Program invites you to apply for the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project and offer a dynamic course on the most current climate science and global change issues. AMS will select 25 minority-serving institution faculty members to attend the expenses-paid Course Implementation Workshop in Silver Spring, MD from May 21 - 26, 2017. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 and workshop selections will be made by March 31.

The workshop leverages the expertise of Washington, DC-area NSF, NASA, NOAA and university climate scientists and will help prepare you to offer the AMS Climate Studies course. Under the Diversity Project, the license fee is waived for the first two years of course offering.

Eligible minority-serving institutions include those Federally designated as well as undergraduate institutions with a 25% or greater enrollment of underrepresented minority students.

Learn more and apply.
For questions call 202-737-1043 or e-mail AMS.

Takeaways from the Climate Leadership Summit
By: David Adamian, President and CEO, GreenerU

I’m just back from Second Nature’s Presidential Climate Leadership Summit in Tempe, AZ. If you missed it, you missed a lot of ideas, inspiration, excitement, and opportunities for personal connections. But a few things stick with me as the summit recedes in the rearview mirror.

I learned that energy accounts for approximately 1% of the costs associated with our buildings. Ownership and operation of the buildings accounts for about 9%. Both of these items are dwarfed by the human activities that go on in those buildings and account for 90% of the cost structure.

These figures are general, and derived based on commercial facilities (think office building), but the same basic concept applies to higher education. The value of the educational and research activities that happen in our buildings dwarf the cost of owning, operating, and maintaining those buildings... 
Read more.

Meet the Summit Sponsors

The 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit would not have been possible without the support of our Summit Sponsors. These leading-edge companies provide services and products that can help higher education institutions reach their goals. Learn more about some of our top Summit Sponsors below. See all our Summit Sponsors on our website.

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