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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 […]

  • GHG Emissions
  • Second Nature Team

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 […]

  • Corporate Partner
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  • Renewable Energy

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 […]

  • Corporate Partner
  • Cross-Sector Climate Action
  • Previous Posts
  • Second Nature Team

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 […]

  • Climate Action
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  • Second Nature Team

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 […]

  • Climate Commitments
  • Corporate Partner
  • Cross-Sector Climate Action
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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 […]

  • Corporate Partner
  • Cross-Sector Climate Action
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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 […]

  • Cross-Sector Climate Action
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  • UC3

Trends and Statistics in Campus Carbon Offset Purchases

Higher education institutions engage in many different types of emission reduction activities to achieve campus carbon neutrality. Recently, many schools have become interested in purchasing carbon offsets to counteract their unavoidable travel-related Scope 3 emissions. Data Analysis I looked at the data that Signatories, higher ed institutions that have signed commitments to climate action, reported […]

  • Carbon Offsets
  • Climate Action
  • Climate Commitments
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UC3 Ohio State University: Cultivating Resilience Research and Engaging Communities

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 Ohio State University. The Ohio State […]

  • Climate Action
  • Climate Leadership
  • Cross-Sector Climate Action
  • Previous Posts
  • Resilience

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 […]

  • Campus Leadership
  • Climate Leadership
  • Cross-Sector Climate Action
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Finance
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  • Resilience