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2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit: Reflections on Action and Impact

After a year of alarming evidence on the urgency of climate change – from direct experience with extreme weather events to the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – over 300 cross-sector leaders convened in Tempe, Arizona, February 10-12 for the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. This year’s gathering, co-convened by […]

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  • Climate Leadership
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UC3 The State University of New York: SUNY on the Renewable Energy Frontier

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 the State University […]

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  • Cross-Sector Climate Action
  • Energy Efficiency
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Higher Education Institutions Are Critical Players in Making “Life After Carbon” a Reality

This guest blog with Second Nature partner, Island Press, first details how cities are leading in climate change action, and next how higher education institutions can act as accelerators and collaborators alongside cities in the transformation to a carbon-independent future. A new urban model is emerging worldwide–and it is upending the pillars on which our […]

  • Climate Leadership
  • Cross-Sector Climate Action
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  • Renewable Energy

CORSIA and Campus Air Travel

Aviation is a significant contributor to climate change. Emissions from aviation continue to grow. In fact, CO2 emissions from international aviation have increased by 83% since 1990. However, it is challenging to address the issue since most people cannot give up traveling completely. This is one of the reasons for CORSIA, the Carbon Offsetting and […]

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The UC3 Series: University of California is Growing Climate Solutions Across Sectors

The University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) is a bold ensemble of research universities who 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. First up is the University […]

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  • Climate Action
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Increasing Resilience by Mapping Community Assets

The project outlined is part of the Climate Resilience at Urban Campuses + Communities (CRUX) initiative. Social justice and climate resiliency are intricately connected. It is often the most vulnerable of our society that deal with the greatest negative impacts of climate change. The Mapping Action Collective (MAC) works to reconcile this problem through “mapping for […]

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Breaking Precedent: A Response to UN Climate Change Report

Back and forth. The rhythm of conversations surrounding global warming have us looking from one side back to another. The world comes together to make an agreement in Paris to globally lower emissions, and then not long after, the United States states its intentions to back out. One moment climate change is real, and the next […]

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We Spent a Week in San Francisco Talking About Climate Action: Here’s What We Learned

Last week people from around the world came together at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) with the goal to “take ambition to the next level.” Second Nature President Tim Carter, Innovative Services Manager Ruby Woodside, and Cross-Sector Climate Manager Gina Stovall attended. Read a few of our takeaways from the events! Day 1: Scientists […]

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Climate Resilient Urban Campuses and Communities: Final Showcase in Portland

On July 9, 2018 Climate Resilient Urban Campuses and Communities (CRUX) Portland hosted an end-of-grant showcase of the resilience work achieved over the past two years. Phoenix CRUX Fellow Brian Grant and Second Nature Innovative Services Manager Ruby Woodside flew in to join Portland participants from Portland State University (PSU), Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), […]

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Resilient Northridge: A Plan for a Better Community & Campus

Resilient Northridge:  A Plan for a Better Community & Campus is the outcome of much work by the California State University, Northridge Master of Urban Planning students to increase local resiliency and is part of the Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses + Communities (CRUX) initiative led by Second Nature. California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has […]

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