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Reflections on the 2024 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit

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The 2024 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit was hosted by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network in Long Beach, California, February 11-13, 2024. With over 450 attendees, this year’s Summit had the largest-ever turnout in the 10-year history of the event! Participants attended 35 sessions and heard inspiring keynote and plenary speakers on topics ranging […]
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Reflections on Second Nature’s First Midwest Gathering

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Foster: encourage or promote the development of (something, typically something regarded as good) Reciprocal: given, felt, or done in return Relationship: the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected Hope: a feeling of trust or a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain […]
  • Climate Justice

Climate Action: Perseverance, Diversity & Passion

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After growing up in a small, progressive town, I don’t think I truly understood the global climate crisis until I was released, aka went to college, from what felt like my bubble. I was shocked, and unpleasantly surprised, about how common daily practices for me, such as recycling, using reusable water bottles or shopping local, […]

Occidental College commits to climate action

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Occidental College has reaffirmed its commitment to carbon neutrality and climate resilience by signing the Second Nature Climate Commitment.

W&L Visiting Math Professor Receives $10,000 Grant from Second Nature

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Kumudu Gamage, visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Washington and Lee University, has been selected to receive a $10,000 grant from Second Nature, an organization dedicated to accelerating climate action in and through higher education.
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy

The Three Circles of COP

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Tim CarterPresident, Second Nature Inevitably, the first question I’m asked after attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) and a 12 hour flight back to Boston from Dubai is “How’d it go!?” It’s actually a tough one to answer, not only because of the jetlag and exhaustion that comes along with the long days […]
  • Climate Leadership
  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Policy

U of T sustainability leaders head to Dubai for COP28 climate summit

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Sustainability leaders from the University of Toronto, a member of the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), are among the thousands of world leaders, legislators and climate activists attending COP28 in Dubai this year – highlighting the university’s commitment to advancing sustainability and research on a global scale.
  • Climate Leadership
  • Policy
  • UC3
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Disciplinary and institutional diversity of federally funded academic research on climate solutions in the United States

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A new paper co-authored by Second Nature's President, Dr. Tim Carter, appears in the open-access journal Environmental Research Letters. The paper explores the disciplinary and institutional diversity of federal funding for academic research on climate solutions in the US. Their research reveals disparities across institution types and proposes strategies to correct these inequities.
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Using the Distinctives of Higher Education to Accelerate Climate Action

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The higher education sector has played an important role in society for hundreds of years. Today, the sector is well-positioned to leverage its experience in its “missions” (to offer education and vocational training, advance research, and meet society’s needs through applied research) to create solutions to the complex and urgent global problems caused by climate […]

Eleven Colleges and Universities Receive $100,000 in Catalyst Grants from Second Nature to Support Climate Action Projects

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Eleven Colleges and Universities Receive $100,000 in Catalyst Grants from Second Nature to Support Climate Action Projects Up to $10,000 awarded to each institution during Campus Sustainability Month Boston, Massachusetts (October 23, 2023) – Second Nature, a national nonprofit working to accelerate climate action in and through higher education, announces the recipients of 11 Catalyst […]
  • Campus Leadership
  • Climate Justice
  • Climate Leadership
  • Recognition