Policy

Second Nature has partnered with Ceres and the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) to support and engage campuses on policy and legislative issues that impact climate action goals.

Presidents and Chancellors have identified policy as an area where they can support their institution’s climate action goals.

If you or someone at your institution is interested in hearing about policy issues that may impact your climate goals, please sign up for policy updates.

Current Policy Opportunities

Click on the following links for an overview of the issue, the opportunity for campuses and the timeline for participation.

States

International/Federal

Policy Partners

Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through powerful networks and advocacy, Ceres tackles the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses.

AEE is an organization of businesses using policy advocacyanalysis, and education to bring about a prosperous economy based on secure, clean, affordable energy. In 2017 Second Nature and AEE partnered to share AEE’s Powersuite software with signatories to demonstrate how campuses can engage and track energy related legislation in their States.

Webinar: Powersuite: Learn How Campuses can Identify and Engage in Key Energy Policy

Second Nature and AEE also reached out to signatories in Pennsylvania on PA Act 129, a bill to create new requirements for electric distribution companies to reduce energy consumption and demand, and in Ohio on HB114, legislation which aims to improve energy efficiency.

2018 Engagement Recap

Transportation Climate Initiative – Working with Ceres, 20 signatory presidents and chancellors from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States joined the business community urging state representatives to support the transition to a clean transportation future to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support increased regional collaboration in the development of those policies.

Grid Modernization – many signatories contributed feedback on principles for “Grid Modernization” a term that can include pathways to decarbonization or can be misused in pursuit of projects or funding that do not enable a cleaner, more efficient, modern grid.

Colorado Advanced Clean Car Standards – Colorado signatories were invited to comment on the rule making to include the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program and Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards into Colorado’s Advanced Clean Car Standards.

Virginia Energy Plan – Second Nature and Ceres organized a sign-on letter for businesses, universities, and healthcare institutions with operations throughout Virginia to demonstrate that a large and diverse portion of Virginia’s economy encourages the state to prioritize the transition to a low-carbon economy.