Energy Policy and Advocacy


Second Nature is working collaboratively with Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) to advocate for energy policies that positively impact higher education, analyze the impact of energy policies at colleges and universities, and convene individuals from both constituencies to strategize on how to affect policy change at the state level.


Advanced Energy Economy is an organization of businesses using policy advocacy, analysis, and education to bring about a prosperous economy based on secure, clean, affordable energy. AEE’s vision is a world that runs on secure, clean, affordable energy, and its mission is to transform public policy to enable the rapid growth of advanced energy companies.

Focus & Goals

The initiative aims to:

  • Highlight policies that will support or threaten the ability of higher education institutions to meet their energy and climate goals;
  • Elevate the voice of higher education in state energy policy discussions;
  • Increase awareness among policy makers of the energy needs of higher education institutions;
  • Assist higher education leaders in tracking and responding to the latest developments in state energy policy.


Second Nature and AEE will work together in three primary areas, Advocacy, Education and Analysis.


  • Mobilize stakeholders to advocate for state or federal policies that will positively impact campus operations   and communities
  • Develop case studies or analyses demonstrating the impact of implementation or repeal of advanced energy policies on jobs, health, carbon emissions and the triple bottom line.


  • Convene roundtables with AEE members and Climate Leadership Network institutions
  • Host webinars focused on state policies to incentivize the implementation of advanced energy technologies and services.


  • Co-publish reports or white papers focused on the intersection of higher education and advanced energy technologies and services, such as [CM5] analyses quantifying the impacts of implementing advanced energy technologies and services at higher education institutions