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IN THIS ISSUE - FEBRUARY 2015
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  • Progress Report Highlights
  • 5 Reasons to Watch Sustainability Sit-Downs
  • Investing in Energy Efficiency Pays Off
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LEAD Innovative articles and opportunities for leadership from Second Nature
 
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Progress Report Highlights
Sustainability Leadership in Action
Every other year, American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) signatories submit a Progress Report on their advancement towards their Climate Action Plan goals. January 15 marked this year’s reporting deadline, and it is exciting to see so many great projects and so much growth. Higher education institutions have the power to inspire people and lead communities into a sustainable future. This blog by Second Nature intern Rachael Moreland highlights noteworthy accomplishments from recent Progress Report submissions. For more examples of great initiatives and stories of success, explore our Reporting System. Read more »
 
 
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5 Reasons to Watch Sustainability Sit-Downs
A New Video Series
Second Nature’s new video series, launched on January 21, 2015, consists of 12 interviews featuring sustainability leaders from various backgrounds. Participants discuss the role of Higher Education in making a sustainable society, as well as current challenges and more. Here are five reasons why higher education sustainability professionals should watch. Read more »
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Investing in Energy Efficiency Pays Off
SEI and Signatories Recognized
While routinely overlooked, energy efficiency is a near no-risk investment with substantial returns. This NY Times article delves into the opportunities and benefits in smart energy efficiency projects. The piece highlights ACUPCC signatories Denison University, Agnes-Scott College, University of New Hampshire and Western Michigan University, and our partners at the Sustainable Endowments Institute. Read more »
 
 
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Educational Events
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Intentionally Designed Endowment Student Forum, South Hadley, MA »
2015 AASHE Conference Proposals Deadline »
AMS Diversity Workshop Application Deadline »
Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference Registration Closes »
NECSC/NECSF Conference, Amherst, MA »
 
 
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New ACCO White Paper
This paper focuses on the transformation of higher education institutions to address climate change, and the challenges and opportunities academic institutions face in doing so.
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Climate Wizard
The Climate Wizard provides access to leading climate change information and the ability to visualize impacts that may occur anywhere on Earth.
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Green Guide for Universities
The ten universities that comprise the International Alliance of Research Universities released a new publication which addresses key areas of sustainability at universities.
 
 
Inside the ACUPCC
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This Month ACUPCC signatories have continued to reduce GHG emissions despite growths in student population and campuses. See the who’s doing best.
 
DidYouKnow The average emissions per Full Time Enrollment (FTE) for ACUPCC signatories in 2015 was 0.436 metric tons of CO2 equivalent.
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Sustainability Sit-Downs
Second Nature’s new weekly video series consisting of twelve interviews and featuring sustainability leaders from higher education and partners.
 
 
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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.
ACUPCC
 
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.