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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, […]

BSI Partnership

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The partnership Black Sustainability Inc. (BSI) and Second Nature recognize that Black communities, already disproportionately affected by environmental racism, are poised to face additional pressures from climate change.  In partnership, both organizations will work with HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and other higher education institutions to intentionally create and support spaces for BIPOC (Black, […]

Fall Speaker-to-Action Series

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Activating the Power of Storytelling and Student Leadership for Intersectional Climate Justice Higher education institutions play a crucial role in preparing future leaders to adapt to, and help solve, the climate crisis. Rising college/university-aged students demonstrate intense interest in social justice issues, civic engagement, and climate change. This interest factors into school choice and can […]

Completed Resilience Assessments_Updated July 2022

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Completing an initial Campus-Community Resilience Assessment is the second step in implementing the Climate and Resilience Commitments. This document compiles a list of schools that have completed their Campus-Community Resilience Assessments. The outcomes from these assessments may be helpful for schools beginning the Resilience Assessment process for their own campuses.
  • Commitments
  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Resilience

Climate Collaboration: Advantages for Higher Education Institutions

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Hi everyone, I’m Maggie, a current solutions center intern here at Second Nature! My interest in the environment and climate change really began during my time as an undergraduate at William & Mary. I ended up taking quite a few philosophy courses my freshman year that got me thinking more about environmental issues, which led […]

Climate Action Efforts Require Passion & Dedication

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When I was twelve years old in my seventh grade English class, we were shown An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s documentary detailing the environmental issues facing the planet at the turn of the 21st century. That film was the first time in my life that I had ever heard the words “climate change” or “global […]

Climate Education Now: Preparation for the Future

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Growing up, the concept of anything related to environmental science, climate change, and global warming were things I didn’t hear much about at school or on any social media platforms. But all that changed during my senior year of high school when I took an AP Environmental Science class that opened my eyes to how […]

True Climate Justice Requires Us to Listen to Those Most Affected by Climate Change

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Rule #1 in the social lives of second graders: recess activities are everything. You have the cool kids on the swing set, working to get enough air to land the most epic jump for their audience below. The jocks are usually playing a game of pickup soccer while the gymnasts are either claiming the monkey […]

Higher Ed Students are Climate Leaders Now

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A conversation with Anya circa January 20, 2022, would leave you with very little idea of what Second Nature does as an organization. When friends or family asked me what my new internship entailed, I would reply with something along the lines of “something to do with sustainability in higher education?” In seeing the job […]

Second Nature Fellowship Program

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Second Nature is committed to fostering the development of decarbonization, resilience, and climate justice researchers and practitioners through a Fellows Program.  Second Nature Fellows work with the nation’s premier colleges and universities leading on climate action.  This year-long program is designed to provide talented and diverse individuals with a unique experience working in a small […]

San Francisco State University Community Resilience Building Workshop Summary of Findings | April 2022

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In collaboration with Second Nature and The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco State University launched a community-based process to assess extreme weather and climate change impacts and to generate and prioritize solutions to improve the resiliency, sustainability, and equity of their community. This report is a summary of their findings. The Workshop occurred as part of […]
  • Campus Leadership
  • Climate Leadership
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Resilience