On Friday, September 20th, 2013, Second Nature will once again co-sponsor and participate in The New England Campus Sustainability Forum. This year’s theme is “Climate Change & New England Campuses: Impacts and Solutions” and it will take place at Colleges of the Fenway in Boston, MA.

We invite you to join Second Nature and our partners for the following educational opportunities:

Assessing Campus Vulnerabilities to Climate Impacts (Workshop)

This workshop will provide an overview of climate impact assessment resources using the 2013 National Climate Assessment, and discuss components of preparing a campus and community vulnerability assessment.

Panelists include:
• Sarah Brylinsky, Director, Climate Resilience & Education Programs, Second Nature
• Anne Waple, Program Manager for Climate Adaptation, Second Nature
• Jenn Andrews, Acting Executive Director, Clean Air-Cool Planet
Unlocking the Financial Value & Process for the Renewable Energy Puzzle: A Roadmap for Execution (Workshop)

This interactive workshop will help schools access the benefits which renewable energy offers by identifying best practices, discussing innovative procurement mechanisms, understanding the impact and cost accounting of these projects and sharing lessons learned from the region.

Panelists include:
• Blaine Collison, Director of Green Power Partnership, U.S. EPA
• Christopher Hayes, Managing Partner, Altenex
• Frank Barros, Director of Center for Sustainability, Berkshire School
Managing Climate Risks Relative to Campus Investments (Panel)

This panel will discuss opportunities and strategies for mitigating climate-related risk in investment portfolios, engaging internal and external stakeholders, and leveraging long-term investments to support current campus sustainability initiatives.

Panelists include:
• Noelle Laing, Research Specialist, Cambridge Associates
• Mark Orlowski, Founder & Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
• Joshua Humphreys, President, Croatan Institute

The 2013 Forum is organized by the New England Board of Higher Education, Clean Air-Cool Planet, Second Nature, Greener U, Colleges of ?the Fenway, AASHE, and the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium.

For more details on this year’s programs, visit www.necsf.com/schedule.