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Second Nature Celebrates Climate Innovation & Leadership in Higher Education Throughout the Month of April
Second Nature is recognizing 20 colleges and universities that exemplify the mission of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) of addressing sustainability through education, research, and community engagement. These institutions are also finalists for Second Nature’s 2014 Climate Leadership Awards (CLA). As part of Earth Month celebrations, these institutions will be highlighted for their cutting-edge work to promote campus sustainability. Check the ACUPCC site every day to view the finalist spotlights. Read More »
2014 Climate Leadership Award Video Voting Competition
Voting will take place April 1-15, 2014
In partnership with Planet Forward, Second Nature will host a national video-voting competition, in which the 2014 CLA Finalists will showcase the climate and sustainability innovation on their campuses. View and vote for your favorite video every day between April 1-15, 2014! Read More »
“ACUPCC On Air” Series
Throughout April, Tuesdays at 1PM EDT
For Earth Month, we invite you to join the ACUPCC Support Team for a series of discussions. The ACUPCC On Air Series will take place every Tuesday, 1-1:30 PM EDT, in April, featuring a discussion topic presented by experts of the ACUPCC network, and a FAQs section with questions submitted by ACUPCC sustainability champions. Submit questions and topics to Interested in being a Panelist? Contact Van Du. Read more »
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Save the date! ACUPCC Presidents’ Climate Leadership Summit, Boston
National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability
Center for Green Schools, together with global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, released a National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability (EfS), a call for action to ensure that EfS is accessible to all students across the US. The plan outlines a robust goal for all 50 states to adopt a comprehensive green schools policy that includes a graduation requirement around sustainability literacy by 2040.
March Progress Summary
The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) has helped higher education become the only sector in the US with a critical mass committed to the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. Learn about the network’s progress to date with the March 2014 Progress Summary.
Climate Change and Endowments: Guidance for How to Consider Climate Risk
“Climate Change: Investment Risks and opportunities for Higher Educations”, a Second Nature White Paper, 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.
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IPCC reports progress on responding to climate change, but much more action needed to reduce risk
by Anne Waple, Second Nature
Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the second in a three-part global climate assessment. The report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability was written by 309 Coordinating Lead Authors from 70 countries, an additional 436 contributing authors, and was reviewed by over 1700 experts. The report looks at the nature of changing climate risk and the opportunities to increase resilience in a changing climate. Read more »
The Intentionally Designed Endowment – A Primer
By Georges Dyer
What is an “intentionally designed endowment”? Last week Second Nature and Hampshire College – with support from a high caliber Steering Committee –convened a group of representatives from endowed institutions and the finance industry to explore this question. We developed a primer for participants to establish a baseline understanding of key issues related to aligning investment practices with institutional values. It provides a high-level overview of sustainability investing, including a brief history, and a select list of key resources and relevant organizations. Read more »
Second Nature has a monthly column in GreenBiz – @edu which highlights campus achievements that hold lessons for companies. Check out April's article discussing sustainable investing for colleges and universities, including through financial, social, and natural capital.
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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.