Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments Dues

The Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments have been catalysts for rigorous and robust actions on hundreds of campuses and in many communities across the nation. The Commitments are more than a declaration, campaign, or an annual membership because they are signed by a Chancellor or President and require sustained actions.  The Climate Leadership Network is made up of the over 600 Commitment signatories, is overseen by a Steering Committee of 20 presidents, and is facilitated by the non-profit Second Nature.  Our mission is to mobilize the sector’s knowledge and practical expertise to accelerate global climate action, rapidly reduce carbon pollution, and increase institutional and community resilience to climate hazards. This mission is supported through annual signatory dues, which are leveraged by grants and corporate contributions. 

Financial support from signatories should be treated like any other senior leadership initiative, originating out of the president’s or chancellor’s office—strengthening a campus’s effort by signaling that climate action and innovation is an institutional priority of the highest order.  

Payment Options

Check: Please send a check with your institution’s name and reference “Signatory Dues” as well as an invoice number if possible: Second Nature 18 Tremont Street | Suite 608 | Boston, MA 02108

Pay by Credit Card via our updated system: Pay with credit card


Honor Society

Special recognition is given to signatories for their extraordinary contributions – financial and in service – to the Climate Leadership Network through the Honor Society (formerly Leadership Level Dues). Just as students graduating “with honors” from our institutions increase not only their personal knowledge, they also contribute scholarship and service that benefits the entire community. Signatories in the Honor Society will receive increased recognition in the reporting platform and other vehicles throughout the year, as they will be supporting an inclusive and diverse network of campuses striving to implement climate action.

Honor Society dues, which are any payment above the amount invoiced, are used to further the reach of the Climate Leadership Network, by funding new resources and initiatives, and by supporting dues for under-resourced schools. Please help grow the impact this year with your participation; select this option when submitting the annual dues invoice, or at any point in the year.

Honor Society Distinctions:

  • Valedictorian Signatory:  4 x Basic Dues or more
  • Summa Cum Laude Signatory:  3 x Basic Dues
  • Magna Cum Laude Signatory:  2 x Basic Dues
  • Cum Laude Signatory: Beyond Basic Dues and/or Network Service participation

See Honor Society List

Signatory Dues 2017-2018

Second Nature accounts for the size of the institution and the institutional expenses in setting the annual rates. Second Nature leverages philanthropic revenue to further assist signatory institutions in their climate action work and keep dues as low as possible.

Signatories will be invoiced in May 2017 with a payment due date of Sept. 1, 2017 for annual dues, using the most recent Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data. See our reference table of institution variables.


  Total Expenses**
Full Time Equivalent Enrollment (FTE) * $0-$27,499,999 $27,500,000
Over $500,000,000
2 Year Schools
0-1,999 $825 $850 $900.00 $1,000
2,000-4,999 $875 $900 $1,000 $1,100.00
5,000-9,999 $1,650 $1,725 $1,800 $1,875
10,000+ $3,000 $3,450 $3,600 $3,750
4 Year Schools
0-999 $825 $950 $1,000 $1,200
1,000-4,999 $2,200 $2,400 $2,500 $2,600
5,000-9,999 $3,000 $3,250 $3,600 $3,850
10,000-14,999 $3,400 $3,500 $3,750 $4,000
15,000+ $4,000 $4,600 $4,800 $5,000
*Full Time Equivalent Enrollment: IPEDS variable is “12 month full time equivalent enrollment”  The formula used to convert the IPEDS data to a full-time equivalent enrollment is three part-time students per one full-time student  **Total Expenses: For Private or Public Institutions using FASB the IPEDS variable is “Total Expenses- Total Amount”, For Public Institutions using GASB the variable is “Total Expense Deductions-Current year total”

If you have any questions about dues contact Janna Cohen-Rosenthal, Climate Programs Director at 617-722-0036. Accommodations can be made for special circumstances, under-resourced institutions, and those with short-term revenue challenges, which are supported by the Honor Society.  For More information see the F.A.Q including the following:

System Dues Reduction

Collaboration amongst system signatories creates increased network value and accelerates progress. For our purpose, we consider systems to be public statewide organizations of two or more institutions, led by a district/system office or flagship campus (which equals 3 distinct institutions). In 2017, the Steering Committee approved a system dues reduction to encourage greater system participation in the Network. Institutions are recognized in the Honor Society when paying the regular non-reduced dues rate.

Percentage of Signatories

Size of System

Dues          Reduction

All are signatories (100%) 3 or more institutions led by a chancellor or president 20% dues reduction
More than half but not all are signatories (50%-99%) 10 or more institutions led by a chancellor or president.

10% dues reduction

Second Nature can provide a consolidated invoice if the system head or administrative unit will pay for all institutions. We can provide information or a presentation for institutions in your system that may not currently participate and want to learn more about the Climate Leadership Network.

For any additional questions about systems please contact

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