In coordination with national experts, Second Nature has developed publications and resources to help signatories of implement the Presidents’ 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 Presidents’ 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.
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.
Higher Education: Leading the Nation to a Safe and Secure Energy Future (Exec. Summary)
Executive summary. 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.
Higher Education: Leading the Nation to a Safe and Secure Energy Future (Full)
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.
Higher Education’s Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate
Evaluates how colleges and universities are preparing society for a changing climate through their education, research, operations, and community engagement activities. Download.
Leading Profound Change
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.
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.