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Signatories Support Transition to Clean Transportation Future

Second Nature working with Ceres helped to add higher education’s voice urging Governors in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States to transition to a clean transportation future. Campuses joined the businesses and healthcare systems in seeking solutions to drive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from transportation activities. Thank you to the following Climate Leadership Commitment Signatories […]

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Building a Foundation for Resilience Planning: Lessons Learned at Green Mountain College

Green Mountain College (GMC) sits at the head of Main Street in Poultney, Vermont, a town of 3,400 people nestled on the western edge of Vermont just south of the Champlain Valley. The school supports 400 residential undergraduate students, 266 students pursuing online graduate and degree completion students, and 167 full-time-equivalent employees. This spring semester […]

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Early Lessons from Resilience Assessments

This post was written by Climate Programs Intern Valerie Weiner, Tufts University, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning ’19 The 30 available Resilience Assessments display the immense resourcefulness of educational institutions. Resilience can be difficult to conceptualize; one method many schools and universities take is to approach it in strides. Almost all start with ‘Initial […]

Resilience and Adaptation in New Orleans

By Thea Kindschuh, CRUX Portland Project Coordinator Last week I travelled to New Orleans to see what resilience and adaptation look like in a place ravaged time and again by natural and human-caused disasters. The visit was to attend the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting alongside colleagues Tim Hitchins and Sachi Arakawa, who presented […]

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New Tool to Help Campuses Assess Resilience

 This post was written by Mindy Blank, Executive Director of Community Resilience Organizations (CROs). What is the vision for resilience on your campus? Resilience can be measured by learning from the past, examining the present, and envisioning and preparing for the future. Over the past few months CROs worked with Second Nature to develop a […]

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Community, Collaboration, and Change

This post was written by Raquel Menanno, Los Angeles CRUX Fellow Community engagement was an important element in developing a climate resilience plan for California State University Northridge (CSUN) and the neighborhood of Northridge. The graduate students of CSUN’s Master of Urban Planning program held a meeting with Northridge Vision, which is comprised of Northridge […]

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City Resilience Planning: What can Campuses Learn?

This post was written by Valerie Weiner, Climate Programs Intern. Incorporating resilience into a Climate Action Plan can be complicated and time intensive for colleges and universities. For many schools new to the process, planning for resilience can seem like a daunting task. City Resilience Plans are a resource for ideas and concepts that can […]

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Perspectives on the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit

By: Anthony Cortese, Co-Founder and Principal of the Intentional Endowments Network, Georges Dyer, Co-Founder and Principal of the Intentional Endowments Network and Tim Carter, President, Second Nature Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) held the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit February 4-6 in Tempe, Arizona.  It was the year’s largest gathering of […]

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Community Resilience Building in the Virginia Wesleyan Community

By Leona Baker, Director of Marketing and Communications, Virginia Wesleyan University, Member of the President’s Environmental Issues Council Elizabeth Malcolm, Professor of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Virginia Wesleyan University, Chair of the President’s Environmental Issues Council Virginia Wesleyan University President Scott D. Miller has been actively involved for 12 years with the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments, facilitated by the non-profit […]

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Asset Mapping for Resilience

By: Melissa Hom, Second Nature Intern, Northeastern ’17 The resilience assessment is meant to provide a baseline of current resilience activities on campus and in the community, develop initial indicators of resilience through a multi-stakeholder process, and identify current vulnerabilities related to climate change. Schools should keep a particular eye on overlaps and gaps in assets […]

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