In coordination with national experts, Second Nature has developed publications and resources to help signatories of implement the Climate Leadership Commitments address many of the interrelated aspects of colleges and universities fulfilling their climate commitments.

Many of the publications posted here, were written prior to the launch of the Climate Leadership Commitments on October 5, 2015. They are, however, still relevant to college and university leaders and practitioners of sustainability as institutions work towards their Commitment goals.



3 energy efficiency tips for data centers

Server rooms and data centers use a lot of energy.  And it’s not just big data centers: The average commercial office building spends close to one quarter of its annual energy bill powering server rooms and closets.  Why are they such energy hogs? Read.

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Portland makes climate action progress with help of local profs

The Portland region of Oregon has a legacy of reducing carbon emissions while encouraging economic growth and welcoming  new residents. Read.

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2014 Second Nature Annual Report

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.

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Moving Forward – Advancing the Intentionally-Designed Endowment

May 2014

On April 3-4, 2014, Second Nature and Hampshire College convened a group of high-level stakeholders to explore a wide variety of approaches to aligning higher education and foundation endowment investment portfolios with their institutional mission and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. Download.

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The Intentionally-Designed Endowment – A Primer

March 2014

Associated with a conference exploring what it means for colleges and universities to invest intentionally, we developed a primer for participants to establish a baseline understanding of key issues related to aligning investment practices with institutional values.  It provides a high-level overview of sustainability investing, including a brief history, and a select list of key resources and relevant organizations. Download.

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2013 Annual Report

2013 was a year of change for Second Nature. We reexamined – and reaffirmed – our roots and our mission; made a systematic assessment of our strengths, opportunities, and challenges; strengthened our partnership with the presidents who lead the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment; broadened our program base, and developed a new Strategic Framework for the future. Download.

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