White Papers

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.

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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.

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Higher Education: Leading the Nation to a Safe and Secure Energy Future (Exec. Summary)

June 2012

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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