A diverse network of hundreds of colleges and universities implementing comprehensive plans in pursuit of a sustainable future.
The Climate Leadership Network is comprised of colleges and universities (we call signatories) in nearly all fifty states and the District of Columbia who are taking action on climate change and preparing students through research and education to solve the challenges of the 21st century.
Each Climate Leadership Network signatory signs (the President/Chancellor does) onto at least one formal commitment with respect to climate leadership. These commitments are a signature program of Second Nature called The Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments, and can include a Carbon Commitment (focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions), a Resilience Commitment (focused on climate adaptation and building community capacity), or a Climate Commitment that integrates both.
These signatory institutions report on their yearly progress through the Reporting Platform, publicly sharing their climate action plans, greenhouse gas inventories and more. For a list of all of the signatory institutions and to see their reports, visit the Second Nature Reporting Platform.
The chief governing body of the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments, responsible for its policy and direction. It comprises more than 20 volunteers that reflect the diversity of higher education.More
Working Groups that tackle relevant topics and help to create new tools. These working groups are composed of volunteers from signatory institutions. Their work and conclusions are shared broadly for the benefit of the Network.More
The Climate Leadership Society is an exclusive group of past presidents from signatory institutions who continue to care deeply about climate action in higher education.More
Special recognition is given to signatories for their extraordinary contributions - financial and in service - to the Climate Leadership Network through the Honor Society.More
The Climate Leadership Society is an exclusive group of past presidents from signatory institutions who continue to care deeply about climate action in higher education. The founding Society members will be developing opportunities for service including: advising the Network, mentoring current presidents, and connecting the Network to additional resources to support climate progress.
Many Higher Education Systems choose to sign as a whole, rather than campus by campus. The Central Office or System Head of those systems do not always submit their own reports, as they are usually not a campus, and their footprint is captured in the system-wide reporting. For this reason, they are not listed in the Reporting System, but they remain a crucial part of the Climate Leadership Network. Our Non-Reporting System Heads are: