Upcoming Webinars:

Second Nature and the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit are partnering to offer a series of three webinars on Climate Resilience Planning

Resilience Planning: Finances, Funding, and Practice

Climate Resilience Planning Series 2
August 23, 2018, 2-3pm (EDT)

Join this webinar to learn about financial considerations campuses can include while planning for increased resilience. Participants will learn how to evaluate their school’s physical risk due to climate change, as well as the risks posed by the rapid transition to a low-carbon economy, and the opportunities presented by a changing climate. Participants will also hear a case study on resilience planning from California State University Long Beach (CSULB), including how CSULB is thinking about funding its work on resilience. This is the second in a series of three webinars on Climate Resilience Planning that Second Nature and the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit are offering.

Resilience Partnerships and Coordinated Planning

Climate Resilience Planning Series 3
September 6, 2018, 2-3pm (EDT)

Join this webinar to learn strategies for coordinating campus resilience planning through effective partnerships spanning campus and community. Participants will hear how Tufts University is approaching climate resilience, including alignment with the school’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. Portland State University will share examples of effective partnerships around resilience and strategies for developing relationships with community stakeholders. This is the last of three webinars on Climate Resilience Planning that Second Nature and the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit are offering.

Other Upcoming Webinars:

A Finer Future, A Conversation with Hunter Lovins about Higher Ed. Climate Action
October 11, 2018, 2-3pm (EDT)

Join Hunter Lovins and Eban Goodstein, for a conversation about the newly published book, “A Finer Future: Creating an Economy in Service to Life.” Learn how the principles written about in A Finer Future can help chart the course for your campus climate action. Using examples from sustainability leaders from Bard College’s network of graduate alumni, we will discuss with Dr. Lovins how these principles could be implemented on any campus. The book, released that day, outlines the principles of a regenerative economy, and details a policy roadmap to achieving it.


Archived Webinars:

Purchasing Carbon Offsets 101

March 29, 2018

Join this webinar for an introduction to purchasing carbon offsets through the voluntary carbon market. The webinar will cover how schools can use verified carbon offsets to meet emissions reduction targets under the Climate Leadership Commitments, and the basics of how the voluntary carbon market works. Presenters will also provide guidance for buying offsets, considerations when evaluating projects such as ways to increase local impact and project-related academic opportunities, and examples from schools that have recently completed offset purchases. 

Resilience Assessments from Phoenix and Portland Campuses

January 23, 2018

Portland State University and Arizona State University are completing their initial Campus-Community Resilience Assessments through the Climate Resilience at Urban Campuses (CRUX) program. Each campus will discuss their methodology for the resilience assessment, what they learned in doing so, and the process of reporting their outcomes. The webinar will also cover requirements for the Campus-Community Resilience Assessment report that signatories of the Climate and Resilience Commitments should complete. 

Off-Site Renewable Energy in Competitive Power Market States: “Retail Choice” enables the delivery of least-cost renewables

December 18, 2017

Electricity customers in 17 states are able to choose who they buy their electricity supply from. This “retail choice” has become important as campuses look to fulfill their sustainability goals through clean energy supply. Whereas buying off-site renewable energy from your incumbent utility would require the development of a Green Tariff in a vertically-integrated market, campuses in “retail choice” states can procure off-site renewables directly from a renewable project of their choosing today. This structural advantage has led to the emergence of off-site renewable transactions consummated under the Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (aka “VPPA”) construct.

Analyzing Climate Leadership Network Progress

December 12, 2017

Second Nature and FOVEA Services have partnered to analyze the Climate Leadership Networks GHG emissions and reduction targets. This webinar will share the data analysis findings, highlight campus efforts, and discuss next steps for moving closer to eliminating campus operational GHG emissions.