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IN THIS DOUBLE ISSUE - DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015
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  • ACUPCC Reporting Reminder
  • Second Nature Launches Video Series
  • Troubleshooting Your ACUPCC GHG Inventory
  • 2014 Climate Leadership Summit
  • Energy and Climate Change
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ACUPCC Reporting Reminder
Deadline January 2015
As we head into the new year, we would like to remind you that the annual reporting deadline for the ACUPCC is January 15, 2015. Please check your reporting status by visiting the ACUPCC Reporting System and entering your institution's name in the field provided. The ACUPCC Support Team is here to help! If you have any reports past due, please submit them or contact the team to discuss how to get your institution back on track. Have you looked at your Institution’s Implementation profile lately? Now is the perfect time to make sure that it is up to date. Need an extension on you report? Be sure to file it as soon as possible. More info and resources »
 
 
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Second Nature Launches Video Series
Sustainability Sit-downs
Starting in January, 2015, Second Nature is rolling out a new video series titled Sustainability Sit-downs. The series, which consists of twelve interviews, features sustainability leaders from higher education, as well as non-profit and private sector organizations that work closely with higher education. Videos will be released once per week starting in late January and will be available on Second Nature’s YouTube Channel. Read more »
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Troubleshooting Your ACUPCC GHG Inventory
Webinar Recording Available
Have you started your Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory, but still have a few issues to troubleshoot? This interactive GHG Report Troubleshooting webinar is aimed at College and University faculty and staff working to complete and submit a GHG inventory as part of their institution’s ACUPCC reporting requirements. Brett Pasinella, ACUPCC Program Manager, walks viewers through common problem areas and frequently asked questions. Read more »
 
 
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2014 Climate Leadership Summit
What Happened and What’s Next
In this article, Mitchell Thomashow, Senior Fellow with Second Nature, reviews prevailing summit themes both in the program and in the hallways, as well as in the post-summit evaluations and responses. He groups these themes into six categories: organizational convergence and specificity, proliferation of data reporting, resilience planning, civic participation, dynamic partnerships, and social justice approaches. Read more »
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Energy and Climate Change
15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment
Hosted by the National Council for Science and the Environment, this event focuses on transitioning the world to a new "low carbon" and "climate resilient" energy system while emphasizing moving forward on policy and practice. Join over 1,200 leaders in science and engineering, policy and governance, businesses and civil society, and education to expand and accelerate their efforts and work across the traditional boundaries. Read more »
 
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Educational Events
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Innovative Approaches to Sustainability Education at U.S. Universities »
ACUPCC Reporting Due Date »
2nd Intentionally Designed Endowment Forum, Phoenix, AZ »
SN@ National Energy Education Summit, Washington, DC »
Intentionally Designed Endowment Student Forum, South Hadley, MA »
Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference Registration Closes »
NECSC/NECSF Conference, Amherst, MA »
 
 
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AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project
Second Nature and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) have partnered to promote climate science at minority-serving institutions. Now enrolling 25 MSI faculty members for the next expenses-paid AMS Climate Studies Course Implementation Workshop in Washington, DC from May 17-22, 2015. Deadline March 13, 2015.
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Job Stress & Coping: Climate Change Professionals Survey
This joint project of the Association of Climate Change Officers and the University of Virginia will examine job stress and coping mechanisms among climate change professionals. The focus will be practitioners working with climate change related impacts on operations or communities, and/or managing GHG emissions.
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Campus Carbon Calculator and CarbonMap
The Campus Carbon Calculator was originally developed by the former non-profit Clean Air - Cool Planet and the Sustainability Institute at UNH in 2001 and released to the public in 2004. In 2014, the Sustainability Institute at UNH assumed ownership of the Calculator and CarbonMap (in partnership with Sightlines, LLC.).
 
 
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GHG Inventory Data Requirements
This resource is intended to help implementers of the ACUPCC. It lists the basic minimum data sets needed to construct a useful greenhouse gas inventory. These emissions usually account for the majority of campus direct emissions and are the most likely sources to be the focus of efficiency or conservation projects.
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Wege Prize 2015
Wege Prize is a design competition where teams of five use design thinking principles to contend for $30,000 in total cash prizes, while helping to show what the future of problem solving looks like. This year’s challenge is contributing to a circular economy. Open to all colleges and universities nationwide.
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A Guide to Climate Resiliency & The Community College
This new report was developed by the Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center’s in partnership with the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS). It’s resources, research, and practical recommendations are designed to help community colleges make contributions to resiliency initiatives.
 
 
Inside the ACUPCC
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This Month Based on current projections, signatories are expected to reach a 93% reduction of MTCO2e emissions by 2050.
 
DidYouKnow Three ACUPCC Signatories have already reached carbon neutrality.
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The ACUPCC is a partnership of 684 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.