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The Future Ain't What It Used to Be
Collaborative Leadership, Higher Education, and Climate Destabilization
Peter Bardaglio, Senior Advisor, Second Nature
“The future ain’t what it used to be,” Yogi Berra once declared. He wasn’t talking about climate change, but he could’ve been. Eight out of the nine hottest years on record worldwide, including last year, have occurred since 2000. The rate of the Arctic summer melt is accelerating at an astonishing pace and the latest reports now predict that we could have ice free summers in the Arctic as early as 2015. Scientists at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii announced this past May that for the first time in human history the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed 400 ppm. The last time carbon dioxide levels were this high was probably in the Pliocene epoch, over three million years ago. To top it off, a paper just published in Nature predicts that by mid-century over half the planet will be experiencing average temperatures equivalent to the hottest days recorded since 1860. Read More »
Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards
Applications due November 15, 2013
Got a sustainability story to share? The 5th Annual Climate Leadership Awards is accepting nominations! All ACUPCC signatories in good standing are encouraged to apply. Read More »
Midwest Sustainability Conference
Decorah, Iowa | November 7-9th, 2013
The ACUPCC is joining with the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) for a regional sustainability conference featuring climate action planning, solutions to sustainability challenges, and much more. Register »
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Midwest Sustainability Conference with UMACs & Second Nature, Decorah, IA »
Second Nature presents at Ecodistricts Summit, Boston MA »
Climate Resilience Series – Understanding Climate Impacts & Resources »
Second Nature at 2013 NCSE Conference, Washington D.C. »
Intentionally Designed Endowment Conference, Cambridge, MA »
New Paper Highlights Why and How Carbon Risks Should Be Incorporated in Investment Analysis
From the Generation Foundation: a paper highlighting the risks associated with investing in carbon-intensive assets, and the integration of carbon-risk assessment in the investment process.
AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project
An opportunity for faculty at MSIs & URIs! Receive free workshop and course license for initiating an introductory, college-level climate science course at your institution. This can also help meet the academic requirement of the ACUPCC.
Second Nature Climate Resilience Webinar Series
Learn the basic and regionally-specific information on how to prepare and plan for climate impacts on campus.
The Campus as a Living Laboratory: Using the Built Environment to Revitalize College Education
This guide was produced by the Association of American Community Colleges’ (AACC) Sustainability Education and Economic Development Center (SEED).
ACUPCC 101 Video Series
New videos from the ACUPCC Support Team are designed to walk you through each ACUPCC report in 3-5 minutes.
Scenarios for Climate Assessment and Adaptation
Browse National Climate Assessment resources that depict a range of plausible future conditions against which risks, vulnerability, and opportunities can be assessed at regional and national scale.
Inside the ACUPCC
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This Month More than 40% of the ACUPCC network reports reduction in their operational emissions (cumulative 1,702,001 metric tons of CO2e), which equals to CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 234,177 homes for one year. Read More »
Second Nature has a monthly column in GreenBiz – @edu which highlights campus achievements that hold lessons for companies. Check out October’s article on using supply chain emissions data to inform sustainability strategy and look out for November’s article on Nov 7th.
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