Upcoming Webinars:

Pathways to Develop Peer Reviewed or Innovative Carbon Offset Projects
May 22, 2018, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (EDT)

The Offset Network and Second Nature are working together to support creative and novel carbon reduction projects implemented within higher education. The Offset Network provides resources, project examples, and a framework for colleges and universities to generate their own carbon offsets. Join this webinar to learn about the pathways for creating Innovative or Peer Reviewed carbon offsets that qualify for GHG reporting requirements of both Second Nature’s Carbon and Climate Commitments and AASHE Stars. This includes the process for creating new or modified project protocols, peer-institution verification in place of costly 3rd party accredited verification, and resources for building project documentation. The webinar will walk through the newly updated Offset Network platform, the formalized peer verification process, and resources available to project developers. Attendees will also learn how Innovative or Peer Reviewed carbon offsets fit into the context of existing carbon markets and seek to address key barriers preventing medium and small-scale projects from being implemented. 


Archived Webinars:

RECs the Right Way: Report Accurately and Maximize Impact

April 6, 2018

Does your campus purchase or generate renewable energy? Are you confident that you are reporting these purchases correctly? Don’t miss opportunities to make a bigger impact and expand renewable energy purchases in your institutions’ Climate Action Plan. On April 4 at 2 PM EST, get an update on the renewable energy requirements in annual reporting from Second Nature staff and also hear from two renewable energy reporting and tracking experts.

Purchasing Carbon Offsets 101

March 29, 2018

Join this webinar for an introduction to purchasing carbon offsets through the voluntary carbon market. The webinar will cover how schools can use verified carbon offsets to meet emissions reduction targets under the Climate Leadership Commitments, and the basics of how the voluntary carbon market works. Presenters will also provide guidance for buying offsets, considerations when evaluating projects such as ways to increase local impact and project-related academic opportunities, and examples from schools that have recently completed offset purchases. 

Resilience Assessments from Phoenix and Portland Campuses

January 23, 2018

Portland State University and Arizona State University are completing their initial Campus-Community Resilience Assessments through the Climate Resilience at Urban Campuses (CRUX) program. Each campus will discuss their methodology for the resilience assessment, what they learned in doing so, and the process of reporting their outcomes. The webinar will also cover requirements for the Campus-Community Resilience Assessment report that signatories of the Climate and Resilience Commitments should complete. 

Off-Site Renewable Energy in Competitive Power Market States: “Retail Choice” enables the delivery of least-cost renewables

December 18, 2017

Electricity customers in 17 states are able to choose who they buy their electricity supply from. This “retail choice” has become important as campuses look to fulfill their sustainability goals through clean energy supply. Whereas buying off-site renewable energy from your incumbent utility would require the development of a Green Tariff in a vertically-integrated market, campuses in “retail choice” states can procure off-site renewables directly from a renewable project of their choosing today. This structural advantage has led to the emergence of off-site renewable transactions consummated under the Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (aka “VPPA”) construct.