As part of our commitment to provide exclusive services to signatories of the Climate Leadership Network, Second Nature is working to deliver custom offerings designed by our staff and working directly with partners to ensure the best interests of our higher education network are met. We aren’t limited by the categories identified below, and welcome any discussion that advances campus progress in the field. Please contact Michele Madia with ideas or proposals for collaboration.
Billion Dollar Green Challenge
The Billion Dollar Green Challenge initiative advocates for the efficacy of green revolving funds (GRFs), and works to increase the number and size of self-managed green revolving funds at nonprofit institutions across the United States. The Challenge provides support for new and established green revolving funds at colleges and universities. A GRF is a financing mechanism targeted to campus climate action projects that lower emissions, increase capacity for future projects, and reduce operating costs. The Billion Dollar Green Challenge was founded by the Sustainable Endowments Institute in 2011. Second Nature oversees and manages US colleges and universities within the initiative. Learn more.
Aggregated Renewable Energy Procurement
In order to meet carbon neutrality goals, signatories are using and planning for use of large-scale renewable energy. Institutions can collaborate on their renewable energy by aggregating electricity demand, and procuring together through Second Nature facilitated programs. This initiative presents a unique opportunity to drive the development of new renewable energy projects at a large scale. Learn more.
Energy Policy and Advocacy
Second Nature is working collaboratively with the Advanced Energy Economy to advocate at the state level for energy policies that help Climate Leadership Network signatories more effectively meet their energy and climate goals. College and university presidents have a unique position of influence among policymakers and can be effective messengers in state policy discussions. Learn More.
We Are Still In Coalition
Launched on June 5, 2017, over 1,000 U.S. governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities, representing the broadest cross-section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action, today declared their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. Learn More.
Campus Cleantech Pilots
Second Nature is accelerating the commercialization of clean energy technology by using universities as testing and demonstration platforms for startup companies. Colleges and universities participating in the Campus Cleantech Pilots will develop and implement a strategy for using existing campus infrastructure to test emerging energy-related technologies. This will help cleantech startup companies overcome the critical “first demonstration” barrier, while allowing schools to get a first look at innovative technologies that provide opportunity for research, classroom learning, and progress towards energy-related goals. Learn more.
Carbon Credit and Purchasing Program (C2P2)
The Carbon Credit and Purchasing Program (C2P2) is an initiative to support colleges and universities in developing and marketing carbon offsets as a way to accelerate their progress towards campus carbon neutrality. Proceeds from carbon sales are invested into sustainability projects on campus, allowing schools to achieve greater emissions reductions and pushing communities to develop clean, efficient energy systems. The program is managed by Second Nature in collaboration with Climate Neutral Business Network (CNBN) and is a continuation of the Campus Clean Energy Campaign, which was supported by funding from Chevrolet. The Carbon Credit and Purchasing Program works on developing credits to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) through a methodology designed specifically for campus-based projects. As the manager of C2P2, Second Nature provides technical and logistical support to schools participating in the program. Learn more.
Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses + Communities (CRUX)
Through a grant from the Kresge Foundation, Second Nature is working directly with six campuses and their community partners in three cities in the western United States (Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Portland) to evaluate the first two action steps in the Climate Commitment. The CRUX cohort will share learning among the campuses and with the Climate Leadership Network to accelerate resilience progress across the country. Learn more.
Letter from Higher Education Leaders on Climate Action
This letter was collaboratively developed by a diverse group of Higher Education Institutions and Second Nature, and released on Dec. 19, 2016. The letter was sent to the new Congressional delegation and incoming Presidential transition team on January 17, 2017. We have worked with partners to create a new public site for this letter that demonstrates its alignment with over 1,000 business leaders under the banner of Low Carbon USA and have re-opened the letter for additional higher education participation. Learn more and add your institution.
SIMAP™: Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform
We have been working in partnership with the University of New Hampshire (UNH), to launch the Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP™). SIMAP is a new inventory tool that will replace the Excel Campus Carbon Calculator and the online CarbonMAP tools. Launching in September, SIMAP provides a simple and comprehensive online tool for measuring your institution’s carbon and nitrogen footprint. Why should you be as excited as we are? Signatories will be able to access useful features such as export of inventory data to the Reporting Platform, and will receive access to SIMAP at a substantial discount. Signatories will receive 40% off the SIMAP user fee. Learn more
New England Climate Leadership Alignment Initiative (NECLAI)
How can climate action help your institution achieve its strategic goals? What is the value of implementing the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments on your campus? Second Nature is working to address these questions through the New England Climate Leadership Alignment Initiative (NECLAI). NECLAI aims to help sustainability officers identify where and how their Commitments contribute to strategic priorities at their college or university. In 2016 a cohort of signatories worked with Second Nature over several months to 1) collect and analyze their institution’s strategic planning documents and map executive leadership priorities; 2) identify whether and how the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments contribute to these priorities; and 3) use these alignments to frame climate action initiatives on campus. Learn more.
New England Regional Leadership
Second Nature is expanding climate action in New England with the support of the John Merck Fund. Through this initiative, Second Nature is highlighting regional climate leadership and providing targeted support for colleges and universities in New England to achieve their goals of climate resilience and campus carbon neutrality. The New England Regional Leadership initiative highlights success stories throughout the region and works to leverage local networks so that learning and best practices can be communicated across New England. This initiative also addresses specific needs of New England signatories through targeted workshops and professional resources. Learn more.
To support the development of university-funded carbon offset projects, Second Nature has partnered with The Oberlin Project, Duke University Carbon Offsets Initiative, and the University of Florida Neutral UF Coalition to create the Offset Network. These core members were instrumental in Second Nature’s offsets working group which developed new guidance on carbon offsets for fulfilling the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. The Offset Network was created to provide direct support to signatories seeking to develop their own offset projects. Learn more.
Resilience Indicators Tool
In support of Second Nature’s Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments, particularly the new focus on resilience, Second Nature and CB&I have embarked on a pilot project designed to accelerate a key piece of the Resilience Planning and Implementation Framework.
Together, we will work with several higher education institutions in two pilot cities: Chicago and Boston. Our goal is to co-develop a tool designed to help institutions assess resilience indicators and understand overlap with the community, as well as identify joint leverage opportunities. Learn more.
RMI and Business Renewables Center Partnership
Second Nature is partnering with the Rocky Mountain Institute to provide Climate Leadership Network signatories with complimentary access to the Business Renewables Center (BRC), in order to streamline and facilitate renewable energy procurement. By becoming members in the BRC, signatories will greatly benefit from existing technical resources and can explore additional solutions with the BRC at their discretion. Learn more and sign up.
Solar University Network
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and Second Nature, together with the Sunshot Initiative and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, are piloting an approach with 9 Universities that leverages the experience of MREA’s national solar technical assistance team through professional development events, the facilitation of campus solar development teams, training, and direct technical assistance. Together these organizations are supporting unique student learning and results-focused teams that will create solar roadmaps for their institutions in order to implement real projects. Learn more.
Climate Action Planning and Energy Modeling
With our partners in the data analysis arena, we are helping determine and refine the value proposition of their software for our signatories. Groups of signatory institutions are granted free access to decision support tools to track savings from energy efficiency projects, plan and visualize energy and carbon management strategies, and efficiently build capacity through the technology. Through these opportunities, we are surveying participating institutions about the utility of the platforms, providing feedback for the providers, and granting signatory institutions discounts to software upgrades.
Second Nature and Fovea, LLC partnered to offer Fovea:CAP™, a best in class tool for modeling, planning, and visualizing energy and carbon management strategies resulting in accelerated solutions. This limited pilot program provided access to the platform including: GHG inventory history and emissions forecast, abatement diagram creator, wedge diagram creator, solutions starter kit, and cost sensitivity analysis. To learn more, contact us.
- 1 Billion Dollar Green Challenge
- 2 Aggregated Renewable Energy Procurement
- 3 Energy Policy and Advocacy
- 4 We Are Still In Coalition
- 5 Campus Cleantech Pilots
- 6 Carbon Credit and Purchasing Program (C2P2)
- 7 Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses + Communities (CRUX)
- 8 Letter from Higher Education Leaders on Climate Action
- 9 SIMAP™: Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform
- 10 New England Climate Leadership Alignment Initiative (NECLAI)
- 11 New England Regional Leadership
- 12 Offset Network
- 13 Resilience Indicators Tool
- 14 RMI and Business Renewables Center Partnership
- 15 Solar University Network
- 16 Recent Projects