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Initiatives

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.

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.

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.

Resilience Indicators Tool

In support of Second Nature’s 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.

Recent Projects

Climate Action Planning and Energy Modeling

FoveaLLC-logoWith 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.