White Papers

Large-Scale Renewables: The Next Chapter in Higher Education Sustainability Leadership

February 2017

Higher education is uniquely positioned to both expand and benefit from climate leadership. Many universities and colleges have substantially stepped up their commitments and efforts to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG). However, the ‘climate gap’ toward reaching these commitments is widening, as campuses become more technology and electricity intensive.Large-scale renewable energy (LSRE) provides higher education with an attractive solution to close this gap and show climate leadership, while reducing long-term electricity cost and managing risk.

This white paper, created in partnership with CustomerFirst Renewables, walks through the opportunities and challenges of LSRE projects, how to set them up, and firsts steps.

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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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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. Download.

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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. 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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