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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 […]
  • Climate Justice

Climate Action: Perseverance, Diversity & Passion

Blog Post

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, […]

The Three Circles of COP

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Tim CarterPresident, Second Nature Inevitably, the first question I’m asked after attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) and a 12 hour flight back to Boston from Dubai is “How’d it go!?” It’s actually a tough one to answer, not only because of the jetlag and exhaustion that comes along with the long days […]
  • Climate Leadership
  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Policy

U of T sustainability leaders head to Dubai for COP28 climate summit

Media Coverage

Sustainability leaders from the University of Toronto, a member of the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), are among the thousands of world leaders, legislators and climate activists attending COP28 in Dubai this year – highlighting the university’s commitment to advancing sustainability and research on a global scale.
  • Climate Leadership
  • Policy
  • UC3

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

Press Release

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 […]
  • Campus Leadership
  • Climate Justice
  • Climate Leadership
  • Recognition

How Higher Ed is Reaching for Net Zero

Media Coverage

Colleges and universities are setting—and achieving—aggressive sustainability targets on their journey to reach net zero. Learn how they're doing it.
  • Climate Leadership
  • Commitments
  • UC3

The University of California adopts new, stronger climate action goals

Media Coverage

To accelerate its transition away from fossil fuels, the University of California has adopted new, stronger climate action goals that prioritize direct emission reductions, limit the use of carbon offsets and align UC’s climate goals with those of the state of California.
  • Climate Leadership

Want to choose a climate-friendly college? Here are some standouts.

Media Coverage

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.
  • Campus Leadership
  • Climate Leadership

LCC awarded $20,000 grant for Climate Action Planning from Second Nature

Media Coverage

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.
  • Campus Leadership
  • Climate Leadership
  • Pro Bono
  • Solutions Center

Acción Climática en las Instituciones de Educación Superior en América Latina y el Caribe

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El informe 2022, “Acción Climática en las Instituciones de Educación Superior en América Latina y el Caribe”, es un esfuerzo único en su tipo para revelar el estado actual de la acción climática en las instituciones de educación superior en América Latina y el Caribe y evaluar los mayores desafíos y oportunidades para catalizar una […]
  • Climate Leadership
  • Partnerships

Higher Education Climate Action in Latin America and the Caribbean – Summer 2022

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This report, “Higher Education Climate Action in Latin America and the Caribbean,” is a first-of-its-kind effort to reveal the current state of climate action at higher education institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean and assess the greatest challenges and opportunities for catalyzing greater climate action at these critically important institutions.
  • Climate Leadership
  • Partnerships

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 […]
  • Campus Leadership
  • Climate Leadership
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Resilience