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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 history of the event! Participants attended 35 sessions and heard inspiring keynote and plenary speakers on topics ranging from […]
Forest of pine trees

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 […]
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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, […]

Hampshire College

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Achieved Carbon Neutrality in 2023 Hampshire College Website   Public Reporting Profile Hampshire College Climate Action Plan Press Releases and Articles Hampshire College Achieves Carbon Neutrality February 15, 2023

Catawba College

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Achieved Carbon Neutrality in 2023 Catawba College Website Public Reporting Page Climate Action Plan

Bates College

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Achieved Carbon Neutrality in 2016 Bates College Website 2019 Carbon Report Bates 2021 Climate Action Plan Reporting Platform Profile Bates Neutrality Announcement Press Release and Articles Bates College Attains Carbon Neutrality Ahead of Schedule. Bates College News. May 16, 2019. How Did We Get Here? Carbon Neutrality at Bates. The Bates Student. February 13, 2019. […]

Climate Leadership Network Non-Reporting System Heads

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Many Higher Education Systems choose to sign as a whole, rather than campus by campus. The Central Office or System Head of those systems do not always submit their own reports, as they are usually not a campus, and their footprint is captured in the system-wide reporting. For this reason, they are not listed in […]

Background

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«Back to Primer Home Carbon pricing and its growing global support Carbon pricing is a market-based tool for reducing carbon (or greenhouse gas, GHG) emissions by shifting the external, social costs of climate change to the source of GHG emissions, thus encouraging polluters to reduce emissions and invest in low-carbon growth strategies (Carbon Pricing Leadership […]

Putting a Price on Carbon: A Primer for University Leaders

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The purpose of this primer is to bring higher education leaders up to speed on carbon pricing as a useful tool for addressing the challenge of climate change at the university and societal level. Not only can carbon pricing be used to achieve campus carbon reduction goals, but it can also be an opportunity to […]

Additional Considerations

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«Back to Primer Home There are many considerations that college and university leaders should take into account when exploring carbon pricing. This is true whether they are considering implementing an internal carbon price at their institution or advocating for a national carbon pricing policy. This section briefly outlines some of the common considerations. This is […]

Examples

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«Back to Primer Home The following section highlights examples of how university leaders have not only helped to put a price on carbon within their own campus communities, but also how they have engaged with the external partners on carbon pricing policies. While this is not an exhaustive list of examples, it is meant to […]

Resource Library

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«Back to Guide Home Universities and colleges are welcome to view forum materials provided by Climate Leadership Network (CLN) and University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) schools from hosting their cross-sector climate forums. Templates are also available for institutions to create and/or edit as a starting point for planning a forum.

Phase III: Post-Event Tasks

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«Back to Guide Home Note: By clicking the icon , readers will arrive at the Master Checklist that corresponds to each point of the timeline. Immediately after forum Venue break-down and scheduling forum debrief Conveners must be aware of the venue reservation period to allocate time for break-down and cleaning after the forum concludes. Forum organizers […]

Lessons Learned from Previous Cross-Sector Climate Forums

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«Back to Guide Home The following recommendations are based on forum output documents and convening tools provided by Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network and University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) members who have hosted cross-sector climate forums. The resources collected from Climate Leadership Network and UC3 members provided information on how to establish objectives, plan for and […]