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COP26 Notes: Day 2 – Long Lines, Animal Agriculture, and Indigenous Perspectives

Things are getting underway here at COP26! The lines this morning were pretty wild – I had to wait almost two hours just to get into the venue, which was frustrating but not the worst thing ever given the fact that the line is a perfect time to mingle with like-minded people. A lot of […]

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COP26 Notes: Day 1 – Arriving to Glasgow, Meeting Michael Bloomberg, and Arriving at COP26

It’s Day 1 at COP26, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be here. Before I begin recapping my day, let me take a step back and introduce myself. My name is Noa Dalzell, I’m a 23-year-old, Boston-based climate advocate, and I’m here at the United Nations international climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland. This is […]

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UIC Celebrates Arbor Day with its 10th straight Tree Campus Higher Education Recognition

Friday, April 30th was Arbor Day in Illinois and to celebrate, we proclaimed UIC’s tree accomplishments to all 47,000+ faculty, staff and students. We have been recognized, once again, as a Tree Campus Higher Education institution for our efforts in 2020. We put a lot of work into our urban forestry management, and we are […]

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Second Nature Takes Inventory of Their GHG Emissions

This spring, Second Nature looked to inventory their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their last two fiscal years 2019 and 2020. As a part of my fellowship with Second Nature through the College For Social Innovation, I conducted the inventory as my semester-long project. The thinking behind this endeavor was to not only be able […]

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Zero Energy Buildings & DES

Webinar:  September 26, 2019 Click here to view the archived copy of the webinar Zero Energy Buildings & District Energy Systems: A case study from Spokane Currently under construction in Spokane, WA, “Catalyst” is at the leading edge of certified Zero Energy buildings, with a wide array of deeply innovative technologies to reduce environmental impacts while […]

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BYOP Climate & Energy Workshop

Boston University, ENGIE, Second Nature and Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission hosted a peer-to-peer seminar / workshop on Climate and Energy issues for Campus Decision-makers in July 2019 at BU’s campus in Boston. The half-day program focused on sharing of ideas and intelligence so that campus leaders could be more effective in their decision making with […]

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Call It What It Is and Then Do Something About It

I ran across a new term today: Crisification. It doesn’t show up in any online dictionary, and I’m honestly not sure it’s a real word, but it seems to refer to the act of framing something as a crisis that may otherwise exist as a “problem” or “issue.”  Crisification happens in our household on a […]

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A Learning Program at the Siemens Ingenuity Center

During the Spring Term, Second Nature in partnership with Siemens hosted a half-day program for finance, facilities and sustainability professionals at Chicago-area campuses. These campuses each face unique sets of challenges and opportunities as the decision makers try to realize climate commitments. As buildings and campuses grow more complex, opportunities to leverage new, and existing, technologies […]

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Corporate Partner Profiles: CustomerFirst Renewables

(This post is part of a series about Second Nature Corporate Partners and what we do together) Creative partnerships allow Second Nature to introduce and disseminate solutions to the Network widely and effectively. To support and advance the work of the institutions in the Climate Leadership Network, Second Nature works with organizations and firms at […]

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UC3 Washington University in St. Louis: Campus, Students and Community Leading Together on Climate Action

The University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) is an ensemble of research universities that are venturing outside their campuses to connect with local businesses, governments, and communities to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. This blog post is part of a series highlighting the climate action work of UC3. Up next is Washington University in St. Louis. Washington […]

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