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.



Higher Education: Leading the Nation to a Safe and Secure Energy Future (Full)

June 2012

Full document. Outlines how the federal government should develop and enhance clean energy incentives and investments for the higher education sector to support sustainable practices on campuses. Download.

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Higher Education’s Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate

November 2011

Evaluates how colleges and universities are preparing society for a changing climate through their education, research, operations, and community engagement activities. Download.

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Leading Profound Change

July 2009

Provides an overview of research on select approaches to leading transformational change and examples of successful strategies from ACUPCC campuses to help with the big-picture thinking needed to sustain enthusiasm and implement climate action plans over the long-term. Download.

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Green Building Case Studies: Spelman College

In this case study series, first published on Second Nature’s Campus Green Builder website, we look at Climate Leadership Network institutions and their green building efforts. This case study recorded in 2009 looks at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and their sustainability missions, including the campus’s first environmentally oriented residential and dining center, “The Suites”. Download.

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A Call for Climate Leadership – Progress and Opportunities in Addressing the Defining Challenge of our Time

March 2007

Higher Education has a unique role in society. Reversing global warming is the defining challenge of the 21st century. This is a challenge of massive proportions, one that desperately calls for vision and leadership of higher education. By committing to rapidly eliminate their own contributions to global warming and swiftly accelerate education and research, institutions will be leading the crucial race to find global warming solutions. Written in collaboration with AASHE, Clean Air-Cool Planet, ecoAmerica and Student PIRGS. Download.

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