2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit

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Event Details

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Date: February 13-15, 2017
Address: Tempe Mission Palms, 60 East Fifth Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

The 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit is a significant moment and turning point for Second Nature and the Climate Leadership Network. We’ll reflect on 10 years of bold climate leadership by higher education institutions, and anticipate the future of the Network and the sustainability movement. The 2017 Summit is designed for campus sustainability teams, including specialized content for presidents, faculty, and staff.


Due to the high caliber of both speakers and attendees — sustainability professionals at the forefront of their fields — we emphasize peer-to-peer learning experiences, through workshops, forums, and facilitated networking. No more than 6 concurrent breakout sessions are planned, to maximize audience to speaker ratios yet allow for breadth of topics for discussion.

The program will feature such well known speakers as David Orr, founder of the Oberlin Project, who will lead conversation about post-election sector alignment with Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres; Nancy Sutley, former head of the Council on Environmental Quality; and Steven Knapp, President of George Washington University. Explore the agenda. 


Join your Climate Leadership Network peers for the largest national gathering of higher education presidents and chancellors committed to bold climate action. Our tenth anniversary Summit will feature keynote speaker Michael Crow– one of the original founding signatories of the Commitments– as well as tours of Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, campus team programming, and shared events with GreenBiz.

Regular Registration ends January 27, 2017. Late registration (including onsite) will be higher. We encourage you to register yourself and your team as early as possible. For more information on times and sessions, view our agenda.



Colleges and Universities from across the country will be gathering in Tempe for the 20017 Summit. Check out our list of registrants to see who you will be able to connect with when you attend.


Make your discounted reservations now at our host hotel, the Tempe Mission Palms, where the majority of Summit programming will be taking place. The Palms is within walking distance of Arizona State University (ASU), steps away from the downtown Metro Light Rail, and located in the heart of Tempe’s restaurant and local scene. Discounted rates are offered 3 days pre- and post-event for those wanting to enjoy an extended stay in Tempe.


Create lasting partnerships with higher education decision makers at the 2017 Summit. Your support of this highly visible leadership event will demonstrate to colleges and universities the benefits of your relationship to the sector. Nearly 400 attendees are expected for this year’s event, including: presidents, chancellors, senior leadership teams, key sustainability and facilities professionals, and faculty.

Join Second Nature and the Climate Leadership Network in shaping the rapidly expanding higher education sustainability market while demonstrating the necessity and opportunities of sustainability-driven initiatives across the higher education sector.

For more information on specific sponsorship opportunities, download our Sponsorship Brochure. For more information, contact Michele Madia.

Summit Sponsors

Thank you to all of our committed 2017 Summit Sponsors. Thanks to their generous support we can can host important gatherings like these and bring you relevant and actionable content. Be sure to connect with these partner organizations at the 2017 Summit to learn more about their services and products.


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Special Event and Service Sponsorships

Women in Sustainability Breakfast:


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Audio Visual Sponsor:


Workshop Sponsor: BrunerCott

Closing Session Sponsor: United technologies Corporation

Partner Organizations

American Association for State Colleges and Universities

American Meteorological Society (AMS)

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Intentional Endowments Network

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National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)

Sustainable Endowments Institute