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Happy Holidays from all of us at Second Nature!
As the year draws to a close and we send out our last newsletter of the year, we’d like to offer sincere thanks for your partnership and commitment to sustainability throughout 2013, and we look forward to continuing to work together in 2014! If we know anything at all about sustainability, it is that it is a community endeavor, and that sometimes the most transcendent benefits come from the interaction of partners. Please let us know if you have ideas or suggestions for ways we might better provide services and information in the coming year and please have a safe and joyful season!

– David Hales, President of Second Nature

  • New Paper on Climate Change and Endowments
  • ACUPCC Reporting Reminder
  • Implementation Liaison Leadership Circle
  • ACUPCC Signatory Earns California's Highest Environmental Honor
  • Regional Resilience Webinars
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LEAD Innovative articles and opportunities for leadership from Second Nature
New Paper on Climate Change and Endowments
Guidance for How to Consider Climate Risk
Michele Madia, Director of Sustainability Financing and Policy, Second Nature
Second Nature is pleased to announce the release of a new report, “Climate Change: Investment Risks and Opportunities for Higher Education,” that outlines approaches for addressing climate change in college and university endowment portfolios. The report is aimed at those individuals with fiduciary responsibility for college and university endowments, including governing boards, Presidents, Chief Investment Officers, and Chief Business Officers. Read More »
ACUPCC Reporting Reminder
January 15, 2014
We would like to remind ACUPCC signatories of the annual reporting deadline on January 15, 2014. Please take a moment to check your reporting status by visiting the ACUPCC Reporting System. For instructions on how to submit a report, please click here. If your institution is unable to meet the reporting deadline, a request for an extension may be submitted. For questions, contact Van Du, ACUPCC Program Manager, 617-722-0036 ext-218. Read more »
Implementation Liaison Leadership Circle
New Mission and Updated Website
The Implementation Liaison Leadership Circle has been reorganized and will be working more directly with ACUPCC signatories and the ACUPCC team to develop new resources for members, plan network events, and to assist signatories with implementing their commitments. Meet the members of the Leadership Circle and read about their revised mission and the newly updated web site. »
ACUPCC Signatory Earns California's Highest Environmental Honor
Smart Labs Program enables “deep energy efficiency”
The University of California Irvine’s Smart Labs program has earned California’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award. UC Irvine is committed to Governor Brown's plan to reduce California's carbon footprint and to the University of California's commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2025. Read more »
Regional Resilience Webinars
Your Input Requested!
Interested in having a regional climate adaptation and resilience webinar tailored to your area? Fill out this brief survey to let us know you are interested and how Second Nature can best design the right webinar event for you. Take the survey »
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Educational Events
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Second Nature at 2013 NCSE Conference, Washington D.C. »
Second Nature at Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference, Baltimore »
Intentionally Designed Endowment Conference, Cambridge, MA »
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.
Campus Green Builder
The Campus Green Builder (CGB) provides a one-stop online resource on campus green building that is free and accessible to all higher education institutions.
Educational Event Emails
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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.
ACUPCC 101 Video Series
New videos from the ACUPCC Support Team are designed to walk you through each ACUPCC report in 3-5 minutes.
Second Nature’s White Papers
See our series of in-depth reports developed by Second Nature and our partners. These provide guidance and information on a variety of interrelated topics to help colleges and universities design and meet their sustainability objectives
From the Second Nature Blog
Plains, Trains, and Sustainability
Regional Collaborations with UMACS and NWF Campus Ecology
Axum Teferra, Kresge Membership and Engagement Fellow, Second Nature
This year, Second Nature partnered with the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) and National Wildlife Federation – Campus Ecology (NWF) for Second Nature’s first Midwest Regional Collaborative Symposium. The event took place from November 7th-9th, 2013 at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and integrated an ACUPCC (American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment) Pre-Conference for both signatory and non-signatory institutions. Read more »
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Second Nature works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society beginning by transforming higher education. Second Nature is the supporting organization of the ACUPCC, and directs programs in financing, capacity-building, and climate resilience.
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