2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit

Local Action. Global Impact.

The 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, presented by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network, is the premier gathering of a select group of higher education leaders committed to driving our nation’s climate action. As the world looks to 2020 to update emissions reductions targets under the Paris Climate Agreement, the Summit will be an opportunity for the higher education sector to take stock of its own progress, and explore ways to scale local climate leadership to meet the global goals by working across institutions and across sectors.

Summit participants will hear from experts and peers about the most effective ways to address the climate challenge by:

  • Driving the education and research needed to shift to a carbon-free economy
  • Partnering with local communities on climate adaptation and resilience
  • Aligning endowment investments to support climate solutions, and
  • Eliminating carbon pollution from campus operations

New for 2019

  • Request for Participation
  • More direct, next-level conversations to learn about cutting edge solutions and ideas
  • President/Trustee-only tracks and programming
  • Campus tours

Request for Participation Now Open

Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network is inviting the Climate Leadership Network and friends from all disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives to submit proposals for next-level conversations, workshops, and concurrent sessions for the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. This Request for Participation is open through Wednesday, October 17, 2018. 

Help Us Plan Your Program!

We want to hear from you. Answer three short questions and enter to win a complimentary registration!


Where Will It Take Place? 

We’re going back to the Tempe Mission Palms for 2019. Rooms are available at $209 a night. You may book through the hotel website or call the reservations office at 800-547-8705 and mention the 2019 Climate Leadership Summit or group ID 2UG6SF.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please contact us ([email protected]) to learn more about the Sponsorship Opportunities available at the Summit. Sponsorships are an essential component to making the Summit possible and represent an excellent way to demonstrate your organization’s climate leadership and support of Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network.

Why Second Nature and IEN?

Both Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network are built on the belief that networks support, facilitate, generate and encourage higher education’s leadership on climate action. Our organizations are built on the strength of collaborative action and learning, fostering innovation, affecting policy and building capacity. Second Nature and IEN understand that mobilizing capital internally and through investments are critical for campuses to achieve their climate goals and that engagement of the private sector is crucial to mobilizing the capital needed to create a low carbon economy.