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6th Annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards
Applications Now Open
The Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. This year, Second Nature is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools. Award winners will be recognized as part of the 2015 Greenbuild Leadership Awards Program on November 19 in Washington, DC, benefiting from global publicity opportunities. Finalists not selected for the award will be invited to participate in a video competition. Applications due May 8, 2015. Apply »
Sustainability Sit-Downs Finale
All Videos Released
Sustainability Sit-Downs is now coming to a close. The series features sustainability leaders from higher education, as well as non-profit and private sector organizations. Participants shared their thoughts on topics such as: higher education’s role in creating a sustainable society, the biggest sustainability challenges higher education is facing, sustainability progress in the field, and their hopes for our collective future. Watch the full series »
Scaling Sustainability Impact
What it Means for our Network
In today’s global society, it’s easy to think our individual impact is so microscopic as to become irrelevant. We are surrounded by systems, institutions, and forces that seem to drive activity beyond anything we could control. Research emerging from the study of cities may be telling a different story and could help inform our sustainability efforts... Read more »
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Educational Events
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SN @ SCUP 2015 North Atlantic Regional Conference, Providence, RI »
SN and SEED Center Resilience Webinar »
Intentional Endowments Network hosting Denver Forum, Denver, CO »
AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo, Minneapolis, MN »
MobilizeU Campaign
Earth Day Network launched its higher education campaign, MobilizeU, in 2012. MobilizeU is an international movement of concerned and active students and administrators uniting around their common interest of environmental action in support of a sustainable future for all.
EPA Energy Webinars
The EPA Green Power Partnership hosts regular webinars that explore a variety of topics, including the Green Power Partnership, green power technologies and products, and information on procuring green power. Presentations, recordings, and other supplemental materials are available.
Adaptation Database and Planning Tool (ADAPT)
ICLEI's advanced Adaptation Database and Planning Tool (ADAPT) walks users through the process of assessing vulnerabilities, setting resiliency goals, and developing plans that integrate into existing hazard and comprehensive planning efforts. It is available as part of their Climate Resilient Communities Program.
From the Second Nature Blog
Meaningful Change: Connecting Youth, Social Justice and Sustainability
by Devin Smith, Second Nature
Prior to joining the team at Second Nature six months ago, I was a youth worker for five years, teaching young people in and around Boston how to challenge issues of racism, sexism, violence, poverty, and the associated problems and lack of access that arise from it, in their homes and communities. I also helped them learn how to practice self-care and heal from previous traumas. Young people have an inherent understanding of fairness and equity, and recognize when they or those around them are being treated unfairly, even when they don’t have the language or tools to explain why it is happening. They are angry about the injustices in their lives, and are eager to find ways to make the world a better place. Read more »
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Sustainability Sit-Downs
Second Nature’s 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.
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