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

Resilient Vegetation Planning

Campus Snapshot

For Arbor Day 2018, Portland State University (PSU) implemented a Climate Resilient Vegetation Planting on the PSU campus. The planting turned an underutilized planter space into a resilient vegetation showcase. PSU is
looking to vegetation types found 50 miles east that are more suited to drought and intermittent heavy rainfall.

  • Resilience

Green Devils Network Climate Resilience Workshop Series

Campus Snapshot

This two-part workshop series aims to educate members of Arizona State University’s Green Devil Network on climate resilience and engage them in the resilience assessment process. The Green Devil Network (GDN) is a community of staff members that have committed to specific sustainability initiatives to boost performance across departments.

  • Resilience

Food Security

Campus Snapshot

California State University Northridge (CSUN) hosts a weekly farmers market on campus. CSUN set up a table at the farmers market to encourage eligible students to enroll in CalFresh. CalFresh is a state program in California issuing monthly benefits that can be used to purchase food at many local markets and stores.

  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Resilience

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Campus Snapshot

California State University Northridge (CSUN) installed three additional Electric Vehicle (EV) Chargers on campus. The EV Chargers were chosen as a resiliency project because they directly support Zero Emission Vehicles that will help reduce local air quality concerns. Through EV Charging on campus, CSUN promotes the widespread use of alternatively fueled vehicles.

  • Resilience

Community Resilience Ambassador Workshop

Campus Snapshot

South Mountain Community College (SMCC) developed a workshop to educate students on climate resilience, introduce various community organizations working on related issues, and complete a resilience action plan. Upon completing the simulation, students were asked to complete a resilience action plan, and pledge to be Resilience Ambassadors.

  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Resilience

Community Asset Mapping

Campus Snapshot

Portland State University (PSU) brought together local nonprofits Street Roots and the Mapping Action Collective (MAC) in order to map community assets for the Portland Metro Area in a way that will be useful, maintained, and accessible. This will increase the visibility and continuity of service provision for Portland’s most vulnerable community members.

  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Resilience

Completed Resilience Assessments

Publications

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 […]

  • Commitments
  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Resilience

How to Report on Resilience Goals in a Climate Action Plan

Publications

Second Nature recommends a Climate Action Plan (CAP) including both carbon neutrality and climate resilience goals. An integrated CAP will help campuses think comprehensively about addressing climate change, and may […]

  • Commitments
  • Resilience

Financing Energy Projects in Higher Education

Webinar

This webinar from the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Solution Center explores the current landscape for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the higher education sector featuring speakers […]

CORSIA and Campus Air Travel

Blog Post

This post was written by Climate Programs Intern Egiimaa Munkhdalai. Aviation is a significant contributor to climate change. Emissions from aviation continue to grow. In fact, CO2 emissions from international […]

UI selected as recipient of ninth annual Climate Leadership Award

Media Coverage

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois was selected for the ninth annual Climate Leadership Award from the Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

One four-year university and one two-year college are chosen annually for the award, which recognizes innovation and leadership in climate action. To be eligible, schools must sign the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments.

The UI signed the carbon commitment in 2008, and the award is “welcome recognition of the progress we’ve made in the last decade,” Chancellor Robert Jones said in release.

  • Climate Leadership
  • Recognition