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Six Institutions Honored for Climate Leadership
Second Nature Announces 2014 Climate Leadership Award Winners
On May 27, 2014, Second Nature announced that 6 academic institutions had been selected to receive its fifth annual Climate Leadership Awards. The awards are presented to signatory institutions of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) that demonstrate innovative and advanced leadership in education for sustainability and climate mitigation and adaptation. Read More »
 
 
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ACUPCC Supports EPA Power Plant Emissions Reduction Proposal
ACUPCC Chair Sends Letter to President Obama
On May 25, ACUPCC Chair Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University, sent a letter to President Obama on behalf of the 684 signatory institutions, supporting his Administration’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. Second Nature is encouraging individual institutions to submit similar letters of support. Read more »
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Moving Forward: Advancing the Intentionally Designed Endowment
Conference Proceedings and Additional Resources Published
On April 3-4, 2014, Second Nature and Hampshire College convened a group of high-level stakeholders to explore a wide variety of approaches to aligning higher education and foundation endowment investment portfolios with their institutional mission and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. The report from the Intentionally Designed Endowment conference is now available. Read more »
 
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Educational Events
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Early Bird Registration ends for 2014 Climate Leadership Summit (open now) »
2014 Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership, Boston »
Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference: Call for Presentations »
Campus Sustainability Day »
Second Nature presents at AASHE Conference, Portland, OR »
 
 
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Intentionally Designed Endowment Conference Proceedings
In April, Second Nature and Hampshire College convened a group of high-level stakeholders to explore approaches to aligning higher education and foundation endowment investment portfolios with their institutional mission and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. This report from the Intentionally Designed Endowment Conference captures event outcomes and opportunities for moving forward.
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U.S. Department of Education Postsecondary Sustainability Award
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools introduced a new Postsecondary Sustainability Award for the 2014-2015 cycle. Each state may nominate one postsecondary institution for their exemplary sustainability achievements. To be considered for nomination, schools, districts, colleges and universities must apply to their state education authorities.
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$12.5 Million Available for Alternative and Renewable Energy Projects in PA
Governor Tom Corbett and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA), will offer an estimated $12.5 million in grants and loans beginning June 14 for alternative and renewable energy projects. Among those eligible to apply are non-profit corporations; and Pennsylvania schools, colleges and universities.
 
 
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Chevy Buys Carbon Credits from Colleges/Universities
 
Chevrolet recently announced it is investing in clean energy efficiency initiatives of U.S. colleges and universities through its voluntary carbon-reduction initiative. Chevrolet helped develop a new carbon credit methodology with clean energy efficiency stakeholders so that campuses can earn money for certain upgrades that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As carbon emissions continue to contribute to the warming of the earth, such funding enables universities to reduce their impact and save money on utility bills while engaging and educating students in their efforts. Read more »
 
 
 
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Second Nature has a monthly column in GreenBiz – @edu which highlights campus achievements that hold lessons for companies. Check out June's article discussing the Intentionally Designed Endowment Conference.
 
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