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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 […]
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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, […]

Eleven Colleges and Universities Receive $100,000 in Catalyst Grants from Second Nature to Support Climate Action Projects

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Eleven Colleges and Universities Receive $100,000 in Catalyst Grants from Second Nature to Support Climate Action Projects Up to $10,000 awarded to each institution during Campus Sustainability Month Boston, Massachusetts (October 23, 2023) – Second Nature, a national nonprofit working to accelerate climate action in and through higher education, announces the recipients of 11 Catalyst […]
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Want to choose a climate-friendly college? Here are some standouts.

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Some 413 schools, or about 10 percent of U.S. higher education institutions — where about 30 percent of full-time U.S. college students are enrolled — have signed a climate pledge from Second Nature, an organization committed to accelerating climate action through higher education institutions. By signing, schools vow to achieve carbon neutrality as soon as they can, according to Tim Carter, the organization’s president.
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LCC awarded $20,000 grant for Climate Action Planning from Second Nature

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Lane Community College has been awarded a $20,000 grant for Climate Action Planning from Second Nature, "a leading NGO focused on accelerating climate action in, and through, higher education," the college said in a news release. LCC is one of nine higher education institutions selected to receive pro bono consulting services for campus climate projects in Round III of the initiative. Second Nature's Pro Bono Consulting opportunity, first announced in Fall 2020, offers technical and advisory support worth up to $20,000 in three areas: (1) Climate Action Planning, (2) Shifting to Renewable Power, and (3) Water Resiliency Strategy.
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Second Nature Pilots “Buddy Program” with Agnes Scott College and Bennett College

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The primary objectives of Second Nature’s Buddy Program are to champion interpersonal relationship building among peer higher educational institutions in the Southeast and to share scalable sustainability best practices that fit the culture and capacity of each institution. Second Nature and Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA) are both invested in building a long-standing active relationship […]
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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 […]
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Climate Solutions Acceleration Fund-3rd Round

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THIRD ROUND Congratulations to the Third Round Awarded Colleges & Universities! Arcata, California Seaside, California Sacramento, California Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Tucson, Arizona Los Angeles, California Chicago, Illinois Oxford, Mississippicc Norfolk, Virginia cc Media Coverage: cc UIC awarded continuation funding from Second Nature’s Acceleration FundDate: April 22, 2022Source: UIC Today Laying the Groundwork for Climate ResilienceDate: April […]
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The Future of Academic Research on Climate Solutions | March 2022

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This report, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and produced in collaboration with researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Energy Transition Institute, evaluates the current climate research landscape supported by the and highlights key levers to improve the effectiveness of academic research for climate solutions. Researchers compiled and analyzed a dataset of over […]
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Climate Advocacy Resources

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Resources Are you looking to accelerate your climate policy foundational knowledge? You can use this page as a starting point. We understand that there is a ton of information out there, and that climate policies and initiatives can change rapidly. Which is why when we come across items that we think can help be great […]
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Climate Solutions Acceleration Fund-2nd RoundUpdated

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SECOND ROUND Congratulations to the Awarded Higher Ed Institutions!     Thank you to the colleges and universities who submitted applications for this round! A tremendous thank you to the application review committee:Susan Kidd, Agnes Scott College | Kaede Kawauchi, Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) | Terri Taylor, Lumina Foundation | Bre’Anna Brooks, Chesapeake Bay Trust […]
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UIC Celebrates Arbor Day with its 10th straight Tree Campus Higher Education Recognition

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Friday, April 30th was Arbor Day in Illinois and to celebrate, we proclaimed UIC’s tree accomplishments to all 47,000+ faculty, staff and students. We have been recognized, once again, as a Tree Campus Higher Education institution for our efforts in 2020. We put a lot of work into our urban forestry management, and we are […]
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