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

Coming Soon: Ways to Actively Engage

Reporting Deadline Approaching

Partnership with the Business Renewables Center

March for Science & People's Climate Movement

All 2017 Summit Videos Now Available

Coming Soon...
Ways to Actively Engage

During this crucial time, it’s important that we accelerate our climate leadership by aligning our voices across sectors. With this is mind, Second Nature has been working on an exciting initiative with Low Carbon USA, which we will be sharing with the Climate Leadership Network soon. Stay tuned for more.

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

BRC and Second Nature Partnership
Bringing Renewable Energy to U.S. Campuses

Second Nature and the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center (BRC) are proud to announce a strategic partnership to make the BRC’s exclusive primers, guides, and market intelligence available to the Climate Leadership Network. Contact Michele Madia to take advantage of this opportunity. Learn more.

April Activism
Science & Climate

Second Nature is happy to support the March for Science & the People's Climate Movement, both coming up in the last two weeks of April. Find your local events or join the main events in Washington D.C. Tag @LeadOnClimate on social media and we'll share and like.

Local Science Marches 
Local Climate Marches

All Summit Videos Are Live
2017 Summit Videos Now Available

From main stage events, to the Climate Leadership Awards Luncheon, to select recordings of concurrent sessions, you can now access all our footage from the 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit on YouTube.

YouTube Playlist

APR 19
Webinar: Reducing campus emissions and energy bills through software-based HVAC optimization
APR 22
March for Science / Earth Day
APR 29
People's Climate Movement
Climate Leadership Network Reporting Period Ends
Webinar: Achieving Climate Action Goals by Leveraging Data Analytics
MAY 15
Better Buildings Summit
MAY 18
Webinar: Solutions and Resources for University Renewable Energy Procurement
Higher Education Carbon Pricing Endorsement Initiative

The Put A Price On It campaign is seeking endorsements from college and university presidents in support of carbon pricing, as an effective and pragmatic solution to climate change. The campaign, led by the non-profit Our Climate and the National Geographic series Years of Living Dangerously, works with student leaders across the country to build support for carbon pricing, and elevates the importance of the policy through film, celebrity endorsements, and social media. The president endorsement letter can be found online here, and questions can be directed to Page Atcheson at Learn more.

Chaplains for Earth Open Letter

Chaplains for Earth is a collaboration among United States Deans and Directors of college and university religious and spiritual life departments. Their initial and immediate task is to gather signatures on an open letter to President Trump, Secretary of State Tillerson, and EPA Administrator Pruitt calling on them to honor U.S. commitments made at the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference in Paris. Their goal is to collect signatures representing all 50 states by April 22, 2017. The letter will be released in time for and in solidarity with Earth Day and the March for Science.
Learn More.

Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050

Our ability to achieve an energy-efficient, low-emissions future will depend on achieving significant materials advances over the coming decades. This panel event, co-organized by MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal and the MRS Focus on Sustainability Subcommittee, will convene top experts (including Climate Leadership Network schools like University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Maryland) to discuss the fundamental materials R&D needed and the geopolitical and international supply-chain implications of possible pathways to realize this vision. 
Learn More and Register.

Better Buildings Summit

This event, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative, is a national meeting where leading organizations across key sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next ten years. It's designed for partners and stakeholders to exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings. It will take place from May 15-17, 2017 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.
Learn more and register.

Launch of the Worldwatch Institute's 2017 State of the World Report

The launch of the Worldwatch Institute's 2017 State of the World report, titled "Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet," will be hosted by Appalachian State University (Climate Commitment signatory and winner of the 2015 Climate Leadership Awards in the 4-year category). It will be a full day event, consisting of short, punchy talks, and panel discussions.

Join in person | Join virtually

Study Group on Climate Change Releases Final Report

The Carbon Commitment signatory Smith College formed a study group in the fall of 2015 to facilitate a campuswide examination of how Smith, as an educational institution and a residential college, could most effectively respond to the challenge of global climate change. The Study Group on Climate Change spent a year conducting research, consulting experts and gathering input from hundreds of Smith College community members to develop a series of recommendations that allows Smith to contribute to climate solutions, locally and globally. They recently realesed a report which contains their findings and recommendations.
Download report.

Untapped Potential in HVAC for Meeting Sustainability Goals
by Steven Horowitz, Optimum Energy

When you’re looking at ways to reduce your carbon footprint, options that usually come to mind include more efficient lighting systems, clean-vehicle fleets, and reducing waste and recycling.


However, there’s a big opportunity that is often overlooked or given a low priority: optimizing HVAC systems.


Chiller plants, boilers, and air handling units consume an enormous amount of energy. A small savings in chiller plant energy consumption alone may make a pretty good dent in your campus’s carbon footprint. It also saves energy costs and water. Campuses we’ve worked with typically see savings of 20 to 50 percent—that ROI adds up pretty quickly... Read More.

Colby-Sawyer College takes on resilience by signing the Climate Commitment
by Theresa Edick, Environmental Studies Major, Colby Sawyer Class of 2018

Nestled in the center of the small town of New London, New Hampshire is a private liberal arts college that is home to 1,100 undergraduate students [...]


On February 22, 2017, President Sue Stuebner of Colby-Sawyer College signed Second Nature’s Climate Commitment. This was an exceptional opportunity for the college because students were again the ones that completed the assessment and recommendation that led to the commitment... Read More.

Meet the Leadership Level Signatories

Leadership Level dues are used to further the reach of the Climate Leadership Network, through pilot programs and new resources, and by supporting under-resourced schools' participation in the Network. Thanks to Leadership Level Signatories throughout the years, the Network is stronger and continues to flourish. See Leadership Level contributing schools.

Editor's Note:

After four wonderful years at Second Nature, I am moving on to my next adventure. I am grateful to Second Nature for supporting my growth, and to the Climate Leadership Network for inspiring me every day. It's been a pleasure connecting with you, sharing resources, and celebrating your successes through our website, emails, social media and more. Best of luck to all and keep doing amazing work!

-Gabriela Boscio

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