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Reflections on the 2014 Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership
by Timothy Carter, President, Second Nature
One month ago I began a new chapter in my career, accepting the challenging and thrilling opportunity to join Second Nature as its third president. As someone working on environmental issues in higher education for the past 13 years, I have been aware of the rich legacy and commitment of the organization to lead and accelerate bold commitments to sustainability in higher education that transform society.
The network generated by the ACUPCC is arguably the strongest collection of presidential leadership in higher education relating to sustainability anywhere in the world. Since 2007, these leaders gather regularly at the Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership to hear from expert speakers, share experiences with each other, and discuss the sustainability issues that are most pressing on their campuses. This conference has ranged in scope, size, and focus throughout the years but every Summit has had at its core a commitment to serve the members of the network in the best ways possible. On October 1-3, 2014 we held the seventh of these summits in Boston, and we are incredibly grateful for the time the more than 300 participants took to meaningfully engage with content and each other. Read more »
White House Climate Education Call for Information
Send your input by November 5
On October 22, the White House released a call for input on Climate Education. To contribute to this call, Second Nature has developed a survey to collect information across our entire network. This will help showcase current initiatives and planned projects at your institution, while also demonstrating the breadth and depth of work across the network, and the value of our collective leadership. By providing information via the form linked, we will ensure your voice is heard by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Please send us input – one form per school – by November 5th. Submit input »
2013 Second Nature Annual Report
Online Version Now Available
Starting with this, our most recent report, Second Nature has shifted from a solely ACUPCC-focused Annual Report, to a broader “Second Nature Annual Report”. This change reflects the growing nature of the organization. As new programs, partnerships and initiatives take shape, so will the Annual Report grow to incorporate them, allowing for a fuller and deeper picture into Second Nature’s work and impact. The 2013 Second Nature Annual report features updates from the newly-founded Alliance for Resilient Campuses, stories from our strong ACUPCC network, information on Sustainable Financing and Policy, and more. Learn more by viewing the 2013 Annual Report, now available online. Read more »
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Educational Events
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AASHE Conference, Portland, OR »
ACUPCC IL Networking Session @ AASHE Conference, 1-2 PM »
Alliance for Resilient Campuses Session @ AASHE Conference 2-3 PM »
GreenBiz VERGE Conference, San Francisco, CA »
Input on Climate Education for White House »
Register for USGBC’s Campus Conservation Nationals »
2nd Intentionally Designed Endowment Forum, Phoenix, AZ »
Campus Sustainability Day 2014: Keynote Broadcast
Since 2011, Second Nature has been hosting the Keynote Broadcast for Campus Sustainability Day—an annual celebration of sustainability in higher education. In this year's video, Higher Education sustainability leaders and partners discuss ways in which students can make a difference, be a part of sustainability solutions, and build a career in the sustainability field. Stay tuned in the following months for in-depth interviews with the CSD video speakers, focusing on Sustainability and Higher Education.
Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change to the United States
This report is an initiative co-chaired by former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, and long-time investor and climate activist Tom Steyer. It takes a classic business risk assessment approach to climate change and identifies specific risks facing each region of the U.S. in three major sectors—energy demand, coastal infrastructure, and commodity agriculture—if we continue on our current path.
Campus Conservation Nationals
Registration is now open for the nation’s largest energy and water reduction competition for college and university campuses Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN). Last year, 109 schools saved the amount of energy equivalent to taking 201 homes off the grid for a year. Register your school by November 7th to compete by reducing your energy or water use on campus. CCN is a partnership between USGBC Students, the National Wildlife Federation, Lucid, and the Alliance to Save Energy.
Inside the ACUPCC
This Month More than 300 registrants from 150 unique campuses, organizations, and companies attended the 2014 Climate Leadership Summit.
DidYouKnow Summit attendees represented 36 different states and included college and university senior leadership, faculty, sustainability staff, and more.
From the Second Nature Blog
Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Leadership: Colleges and Universities at the Forefront of Climate Action
by Kate Gordon, Executive Director, Risky Business Project
[...] I only fully grasped the role that universities can play in fighting climate change a few weeks ago, when I was lucky enough to spend a day at the annual conference of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. I was there to talk about the Risky Business Project, an initiative co-chaired by former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, and long-time investor and climate activist Tom Steyer. The project takes a classic business risk assessment approach to climate change and identifies specific risks facing each region of the U.S. in three major sectors: energy demand, coastal infrastructure, and commodity agriculture. Our research also identified significant impacts on mortality rates and labor productivity from global temperature increases. Read more »
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