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COP26 Notes: End of COP26 Reflections

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One of the most anticipated COPs – COP26 – has now been over for a few days. Our three Second Nature team members who attended in-person: Tim, Steve, and Noa are all back state-side, and are no longer jet lagged! After giving them some time to reflect on their own COP26 experiences, I followed-up with […]

Franco Monalto, Drexel University

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Drexel University’s climate commitment grew significantly in 2021, a year that our administration called Climate Year. Beginning in January, we scaled up our efforts to integrate climate and sustainability topics in our research, teaching, civic engagement, institutional operations, public programs and collaborations. We developed and climate and sustainability working group including student leaders, faculty, staff, […]

Abigail Aderonmu, WashU St. Louis

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Abigail Aderonmu is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES) at Washington University in St Louis. Her research interests focus on the human dimensions of global environmental change, including climate change and variability, adaptation, mitigation, as well as vulnerability and resilience in agricultural systems. At InCEES, through a […]

Universities pledge commitment to climate change action

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Karen MacGregor 13 November 2021 More than 1,000 universities globally committed to reduce their carbon emissions to zero by 2050, ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. The United Nations University presented a report on the interconnectedness of disasters, and the University of Oxford announced a Nature-Positive Universities network to support institutions in reducing their […]

Pursuit June Session Videos

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2021 Climate Action Pursuit June Milestone Session Videos Every session video below is marked with the icon of the Pursuit theme it falls under. Some of the sessions fall under more than one theme. In that case, they’re marked with the overarching theme they fall under. The theme icons are:… Community Knowledge Neutrality Policy Racial Justice […]

COP26 Notes: Day 9 – Transportation Day!

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It’s transportation day here at COP26, and I am particularly intrigued by this thematic area. For one, transportation is the leading contributor of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the US, so decarbonizing it is particularly relevant. Second, I’m speaking on a panel on decarbonizing the aviation industry tomorrow, and so I’m hoping to attend as […]

Leading on climate-related solutions

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Ayrel Clark-Proffitt Sustainability Office NOVEMBER 10, 2021 This month, President Taylor Randall demonstrated his intent for the university to lead on climate-related solutions by re-signing the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitment, a collection of hundreds of universities and colleges committed to innovation and resilience in the face of climate change. Re-signing the commitment fulfills one of the […]

COP26 Notes: Day 8 – Obama Said “Good to See You” in My General Direction

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Okay. I said in an earlier blog post that I didn’t get the appeal of chasing the famous people walking around COP. So, I’m going to sound like a total hypocrite in this blog post. But, here it goes, anyway.  When I heard President Barack Obama was coming to COP, I felt differently. I don’t […]