Posts by Second Nature

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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Why Review a Climate Action Plan?

In the time since signatories submitted the first Climate Action Plans (CAPs) in 2009, the return on investment from renewable energy and other technologies has dramatically increased, which could significantly change carbon reduction goals. So, when the new Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments launched in 2015, we advised signatories to review and update their CAP at least […]

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Can you see into the future? How we are attempting to do just that in Phoenix

Written by Brian Grant, Arizona State University Geographically, the Phoenix area is fortunate to have a limited vulnerability to hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.  Resilience to natural disasters has been overlooked in our desert city.  However, the campuses involved in the CRUX project understand the necessity of a resilience assessment and resilience planning and are signatories […]

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Train the Facilitators: Community Resilience Building Workshop LA

By Elizabeth Golden, LA Cluster Resilience Coordinator As a CRUX fellow coordinating the Los Angeles cluster I have been working with California State University Northridge (CSUN) as well as Los Angeles Valley College to increase resilience and implement the Commitments. Over the past summer, Lily House Peters from California State University Long Beach (CSULB) contacted, […]