The Climate Leadership Network

The Network

The Climate Leadership Commitments are a signature program of Second Nature and include a Carbon Commitment (focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions), a Resilience Commitment (focused on climate adaptation and building community capacity), and a Climate Commitment that integrates both. The Climate Leadership Network comprises more than 600 colleges and universities in every state and the District of Columbia who have committed to take action on climate and prepare students through research and education to solve the challenges of the 21st century.

These signatory institutions report on their yearly progress through the Reporting System, publicly sharing their climate action plans, greenhouse gas inventories and more. For a list of all institutions that are part of the Climate Leadership Network, visit the Second Nature Reporting System.


Non-Reporting System Heads

Many Higher Education Systems choose to sign as a whole, rather than campus by campus. The Central Office or System Head of those systems do not always submit their own reports, as they are usually not a campus, and their footprint is captured in the system-wide reporting. For this reason, they are not listed in the Reporting System, but they remain a crucial part of the Climate Leadership Network. Our Non-Reporting System Heads are:

  • Alamo Colleges
    Chancellor Bruce Leslie
  • Foothill-De Anza Community College District System
    Chancellor Judy Miner
  • Los Angeles Community College District
    Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez
  • Maricopa County Community College District
    Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick
  • North Carolina Community College System
    President Robert Scott Ralls
  • University of California
    President Janet Napolitano
  • University of Hawai’i System
    President David Lassner
  • University of Massachusetts
    President Martin Meehan
  • University of Missouri System
    President Michael Middleton

The Climate Leadership Steering Committee

The chief governing body of the Climate Leadership Commitments, responsible for its policy and direction. It comprises more than 20 volunteers that reflect the diversity of higher education. Learn more.