Congratulations to the Third Round Awarded Colleges & Universities!

Arcata, California Seaside, California Sacramento, California

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tucson, Arizona Los Angeles, California

Chicago, Illinois
Oxford, Mississippi
Norfolk, Virginia


Media Coverage:


Laying the Groundwork for Climate Resilience
Date: April 22, 2022
Source: Cal Poly Humboldt Now

University Receives Acceleration Fund Support for Community Projects
Date: April 22, 2022
Source: Ole Miss | University of Mississippi News

Thank You to Every College and University that Applied for the Third Round!


A Tremendous Thank You to our Esteemed Review Committee:

Tony Abbott, Professor, Environmental Science Department, Stetson University
Josh Arnold, Campus Energy Advisor with the Office of Sustainability, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Marshall Curry, Program Manager, EPIC-Network
Amy Dvorak, Sustainability Director, Lewis & Clark College
Brandy Alexis Espinola, Climate Resilience and Sustainability Program Manager, Environmental Finance Center, University of Maryland
Yancey Fuche, Director of Sustainability, Davidson College
Rachel Hodgdon, President & CEO, International WELL Building Institute
Jia Hu, Associate Professor and Associate Director, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona
Trevor Ledbetter, Director for the Office of Sustainability, University of Arizona
Brandon Morton, Assistant Director of Sustainability, Operations, Dallas College
Ben Newton, Environmental Sustainability Director, Central Community College
Anne Rogers, Associate Director of the Office of Campus Sustainability, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jim Simon, Director of Sustainability, Gonzaga University
Jill Smedstad, Equity Coordinator for Sustainability and Basic Needs Resourcing Office, Southern Oregon University
Korin Tangtrakul, Sustainability Manager, Sustainable Water Resource Engineering Lab, Drexel University
Second Nature Team Members:
Bridget Flynn, Chantal Madray,
Shaina Maciejewski, Michele Madia, Steve Muzzy, Mia Sen, and Rachel Valletta

Funding for the Acceleration Fund – Third Round
was made possible by an anonymous foundation.

About the Acceleration Fund
The Acceleration Fund is dedicated to supporting climate action activities driven by colleges and universities.  The Fund supports projects that advance decarbonization and/or campus-community partnerships and resilience goals.  Second Nature is especially excited to support projects that clearly articulate how the work relates to advancing principles of climate justice and equity.  

The Acceleration Fund was first introduced at the 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit.  Funding for this Third Round was made possible by an anonymous foundation. 
Acceleration Fund eligibility includes colleges and universities who are Climate Leadership Network signatories and/or University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) members, and are in good standing with their annual dues and reporting.  

This year the schools were awarded in two different categories (making $80,000 total awarded): 

 – Tier One:
$5,000 to support individual colleges/universities, or

 – Tier Two:
$10,000 to support collaborative projects (colleges/universities serve as the primary applicant, plus at least one other college/university or a non-college/university organization)

Acceleration Fund - Inaugural Round

Learn more about our very first round of the Acceleration Fund!

Visit the Inaugural Round Page

Acceleration Fund - Second Round

You can also learn even more about the Acceleration Fund by visiting our Second Round page!

Visit the Second Round Page