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Reflections on Second Nature’s First Midwest Gathering

Foster: encourage or promote the development of (something, typically something regarded as good) Reciprocal: given, felt, or done in return Relationship: the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected Hope: a feeling of trust or a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain […]

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Climate Action: Perseverance, Diversity & Passion

After growing up in a small, progressive town, I don’t think I truly understood the global climate crisis until I was released, aka went to college, from what felt like my bubble. I was shocked, and unpleasantly surprised, about how common daily practices for me, such as recycling, using reusable water bottles or shopping local, […]

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Reflections on the 2024 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit

The 2024 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit was hosted by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network in Long Beach, California, February 11-13, 2024. With over 450 attendees, this year’s Summit had the largest-ever turnout in the history of the event! Participants attended 35 sessions and heard inspiring keynote and plenary speakers on topics ranging from […]

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The Three Circles of COP

Tim CarterPresident, Second Nature Inevitably, the first question I’m asked after attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) and a 12 hour flight back to Boston from Dubai is “How’d it go!?”  It’s actually a tough one to answer, not only because of the jetlag and exhaustion that comes along with the long days […]

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Second Nature Pilots “Buddy Program” with Agnes Scott College and Bennett College

The primary objectives of Second Nature’s Buddy Program are to champion interpersonal relationship building among peer higher educational institutions in the Southeast and to share scalable sustainability best practices that fit the culture and capacity of each institution. Second Nature and Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA) are both invested in building a long-standing active relationship […]

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Climate Collaboration: Advantages for Higher Education Institutions

Hi everyone, I’m Maggie, a current solutions center intern here at Second Nature!  My interest in the environment and climate change really began during my time as an undergraduate at William & Mary. I ended up taking quite a few philosophy courses my freshman year that got me thinking more about environmental issues, which led […]

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Climate Action Efforts Require Passion & Dedication

When I was twelve years old in my seventh grade English class, we were shown An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s documentary detailing the environmental issues facing the planet at the turn of the 21st century. That film was the first time in my life that I had ever heard the words “climate change” or “global […]

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Climate Education Now: Preparation for the Future

Growing up, the concept of anything related to environmental science, climate change, and global warming were things I didn’t hear much about at school or on any social media platforms. But all that changed during my senior year of high school when I took an AP Environmental Science class that opened my eyes to how […]

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True Climate Justice Requires Us to Listen to Those Most Affected by Climate Change

Rule #1 in the social lives of second graders: recess activities are everything. You have the cool kids on the swing set, working to get enough air to land the most epic jump for their audience below. The jocks are usually playing a game of pickup soccer while the gymnasts are either claiming the monkey […]

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Higher Ed Students are Climate Leaders Now

A conversation with Anya circa January 20, 2022, would leave you with very little idea of what Second Nature does as an organization. When friends or family asked me what my new internship entailed, I would reply with something along the lines of “something to do with sustainability in higher education?” In seeing the job […]

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