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2015 Climate Leadership Awards Finalists Announced
19 Schools Recognized
Second Nature announced today the finalists for its sixth annual Climate Leadership Awards. The awards are a national competition among higher education institutions that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a signature program of Second Nature. This year Second Nature is partnering on the awards 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. Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference and expo. Second Nature received nearly 50 applications from across the country, with only two spots open for winners (one two-year and one four-year institution). Of those applicants, 19 were named finalists. The group is comprised of seven two-year institutions and twelve four-year institutions. Winners will be announced in the fall. Read more »
2014 Second Nature Annual Report
New Format Introduced
Starting with the 2013 Annual Report, Second Nature switched from an ACUPCC-focused Annual Report to a more broadly-based Second Nature Annual Report. This change reflects the growing nature of the organization as new programs take shape, and allows for a bigger picture of Second Nature's work and impact. This interactive, web-based, and fully digital report offers an overview of Second Nature's achievements and changes during the 2014 year, as well as a glimpse of things to come. View the annual report »
The Renewables Clock is Ticking
by Gary Farha, CustomerFirst Renewables
As more large electricity end users – including Higher Ed institutions – are considering securing dedicated large-scale renewable energy solutions, we are increasingly asked about the timing of when they should act. The question posed is whether purchasers should execute contracts prior to federal and state tax credits going away or whether they should wait – essentially gambling whether renewable energy costs will decline fast enough to offset the cost of diminished tax incentives. Read more »
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Educational Events
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Early Registration for Greenbuild 2015, Washington, DC »
2nd Annual Students for Zero Waste Conference, Durham, NH »
AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo, Minneapolis, MN »
Greenbuild 2015 International Conference & Expo, Washington, DC »
Greenbuild Scholarship
USGBC is providing scholarship opportunities to attend Greenbuild 2015. Scholarships are available for students, emerging professionals, faith leaders, community developers and non-traditional professionals. They are competitive, and preference is given to those with a demonstrated need who represent under-served people and communities.
Webinar: Data Center Efficiency 101
This non-technical presentation on data center energy efficiency will: explain savings opportunities in an easy-to-understand manner; empower anyone to spot ways to reduce energy costs in a data center or server room; and describe free resources you can tap for further assistance.
Member-Only Opportunities
As part of our commitment to provide exclusive services to signatories of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), we are working to deliver custom offerings designed directly with partners to ensure the best interests of our higher education network are met.
From the Second Nature Blog
Ramping Up Renewables: 3 Reasons to Make the Switch
by Chris O'Brien, Director of Higher Education Programs, Altenex
The time has never been better for colleges and universities to make the switch to renewable energy, for three reasons. First, the costs of renewable energy have plummeted, making them financially attractive on a wide-scale for the first time ever. For example, between 1977 and 2014, the price per watt of silicon photovoltaic cells has dropped from $76.67 to a mere thirty-six cents. Meanwhile, the cost of wind energy in the U.S. has dropped, on average, from 55 cents per kWh in 1980 to five cents per kWh at the end of 2012, resulting in unprecedented growth in both industries. Read more »
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