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Well, despite the epic winter on the East Coast this year, the Second Nature team and partners have been hard at work with a variety of projects to get 2014 off to a roaring start. Chief among the exciting developments this year so far is the amazing suite of entries we received for the 2014 Climate Leadership Awards. The 20 finalists are outstanding, and the Second Nature Board of Directors will have the unenviable task of reviewing them to select winners.
We are also hard at work developing our Alliance for Resilient Campuses program that will be launched very soon (watch this space!). And David Hales and Anne Waple are both at the U.S. National Climate Assessment engagement workshop this week in Washington DC preparing for the spring release of the most authoritative and comprehensive U.S. climate report to date. It seems as though 2014 will be a banner year for higher education and our work on climate and sustainability!

– The Second Nature Team

 
IN THIS ISSUE - FEBRUARY 2014
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  • Climate Studies Diversity Project
  • Intentionally Designed Endowment Conference
  • On-Site Visit Program: Capacity Building in partnership with Kresge
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  • From the SN Blog
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LEAD Innovative articles and opportunities for leadership from Second Nature
 
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CLIMATE STUDIES DIVERSITY PROJECT
Second Nature partnership with American Meteorological Society
Second Nature’s partnership with The American Meteorological Society is now in its third year, and aims to expand climate studies curriculum at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) through a course implementation workshop: The AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project. This year’s workshop will be held from May 18-23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Participants of the last two workshops included 21 faculty members from MSIs in the ACUPCC. Among this group of former participants is Professor Mintesinot Jiru of Coppin State University in Maryland. Professor Jiru’s reflection of his workshop experience and details on how to apply can be found at our blog. The application deadline is March 14, 2014. Apply »
 
 
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Intentionally Designed Endowment Conference
April 3-4, Cambridge, MA
Second Nature and Hampshire College are co-organizing a conference in Cambridge, MA on April 3rd and 4th. Invited college and university presidents, business officers, trustees and other key stakeholders will explore ways in which to align investment portfolios with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals. Register »
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On-Site Visit Program: Capacity Building in partnership with Kresge
Rolling Basis Applications Accepted Now
This is the second and final year to participate in this program. We invite Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to apply for this opportunity, available at no cost to your institution, to strengthen the sustainability capacity on campus to meet your institutional commitments to the ACUPCC. We will be able to engage in these consultations with 10 MSIs in 2014. Apply »
 
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Educational Events
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Second Nature at Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference, Baltimore »
Intentionally Designed Endowment Conference, Cambridge, MA »
Webinar on upcoming U.S. National Climate Assessment–more info in March
 
 
Resources
 
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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.
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From the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium
This report examines the shifting role of the university and college advancement office in advancing sustainability in higher education, presenting ideas for the conservation, alignment and development of resources in support of more sustainable institutions.​​
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DOE Better Buildings Alliance Report
The 2013 Better Buildings report from the Department of Energy was recently released and includes information focused on building-related energy efficiency and management from across multiple sectors, including higher education.
 
 
From the Second Nature Blog
 
Introducing Climate Studies at Coppin State University
 
Mintesinot Jiru, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Natural Sciences, Coppin State University
 
Building consensus around climate change issues is an arduous challenge as it requires significant public engagement. This takes a toll on higher learning institutions as they have to initiate and support the discussion and provide scientific data that present the climate reality. Read more »
 
 
 
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GreenBiz
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Second Nature has a monthly column in GreenBiz – @edu which highlights campus achievements that hold lessons for companies. Check out February's article discussing emissions reductions across the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
 
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The Steering Committee is the chief governing body of the ACUPCC and is responsible for guidance, policy and direction of the ACUPCC. It comprises 20+ volunteers that reflect the diversity of higher education. The current Chair of the Steering Committee is Timothy White, Chancellor of the California State University System. See the Steering Committee »
 
 
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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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The ACUPCC is a partnership of 674 colleges and universities in every state and the District of Columbia who have committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare students through research and education to solve the challenges of the 21st century.