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Find what you need to build, grow, and sustain climate action on your campus.

BYOP Climate & Energy Workshop

Blog Post

Boston University, ENGIE, Second Nature and Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission hosted a peer-to-peer seminar / workshop on Climate and Energy issues for Campus Decision-makers in July 2019 at BU’s campus […]

Call It What It Is and Then Do Something About It

Blog Post

This post was written by Tim Carter, President of Second Nature I ran across a new term today: Crisification. It doesn’t show up in any online dictionary, and I’m honestly […]

  • Climate Leadership
  • Commitments

Carbon Offset Project Types 101

Climate Action Guidance

This document gives a brief overview of common types of carbon offset projects and provides examples of each. Understanding the types of activities that can generate carbon offsets can aid campuses in evaluating offset purchases and deciding which projects to support.

  • Carbon Offsets
  • Commitments

Offset Strategy Development Decision Tree

Climate Action Guidance

This decision tree is designed to help campuses determine which types of carbon offsets (peer-reviewed or innovative through the Offset Network, or traditional 3rd party verified through the voluntary carbon market) are best aligned with institutional goals. It is also designed to help campuses consider whether they should develop new carbon offset projects, or purchase offsets through existing projects.

  • Carbon Offsets
  • Commitments

UC3 University Climate Coalition Announces Policy Platform to Combat Climate Change

Press Release

Boston, MA (July 23, 2019) — The University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) today announced a platform aimed at accelerating research on climate change policy across its 20 member universities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The announcement occurred at UC3’s inaugural summit hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

The Research for Policy Platform equips UC3 as a collective to research urgent climate change policy issues and provide recommendations for just and equitable outcomes.

  • Cross Sector Partnerships

Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Carbon Pricing

Publications

UC3 convened subject matter experts from across North America to discuss Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Carbon Pricing. This preliminary brief includes a menu of options for college and university leaders who want to engage on this issue internally on their campuses or externally with cross-sector partners.

  • Campus Leadership
  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Policy

Purchasing Carbon Offsets FAQs

Climate Action Guidance

This guidance page includes Frequently Asked Questions about purchasing carbon offsets in the context of the Climate Leadership Commitments.

  • Carbon Offsets

Offset Procurement Resources

Climate Action Guidance

The Carbon Offset Procurement Resources aid institutions in understanding carbon offsets and in deciding which carbon offsets best suit their goals. This page provides a variety of tools that supply background knowledge, selection guidance, and answers to frequently asked questions.

  • Carbon Offsets
  • Commitments

Carbon Offsets

Climate Action Guidance

Carbon offsets are an important component of most Climate Action Plans (CAPs). This page provides guidance and support for Signatories to develop robust carbon offset strategies. This includes criteria for identifying quality carbon offset projects, guidance for engaging with the voluntary carbon market, and resources for schools wishing to develop their own projects.

Corporate Partner Profiles: Engie

Blog Post

(This post is part of a series about Second Nature Corporate Partners and what we do together) Creative partnerships allow Second Nature to introduce and disseminate solutions to the Network […]

A Learning Program at the Siemens Ingenuity Center

Blog Post

During the Spring Term, Second Nature in partnership with Siemens hosted a half-day program for finance, facilities and sustainability professionals at Chicago-area campuses. These campuses each face unique sets of challenges […]