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COP26 Notes: End of COP26 Reflections

Blog Post

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 […]

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We are learning, growing, and committed to moving beyond the land acknowledgement. Reflection We understand the importance of amplifying the voices, histories, knowledge, and lived experiences of communities that have been on the frontlines of multiple devastating crises. In the spirit of the Summit’s theme of fostering “courageous conversations and radical collaborations,” Second Nature and […]
  • Climate Justice
  • Climate Leadership
  • Commitments
  • Resilience

Pro Bono Consulting

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Pro Bono Consulting Opportunity   Congratulations to the following colleges and universities who were awarded pro bono consulting! Climate Action Planning:Carleton College (Northfield, MN) Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR) State University of New York: SUNY Cortland (Cortland, NY) and University at Albany (Albany, NY) The University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) The University of the […]
  • Campus Leadership
  • Climate Leadership
  • Commitments
  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Partnerships
  • Recognition
  • Renewable Energy
  • Resilience

Carbon Offset Project Types 101

Climate Action Guidance

This document gives a brief overview of common types of carbon offset projects and provides examples of each. Understanding the types of activities that can generate carbon offsets can aid campuses in evaluating offset purchases and deciding which projects to support.
  • Carbon Offsets
  • Commitments

Offset Strategy Development Decision Tree

Climate Action Guidance

This decision tree is designed to help campuses determine which types of carbon offsets (peer-reviewed or innovative through the Offset Network, or traditional 3rd party verified through the voluntary carbon market) are best aligned with institutional goals. It is also designed to help campuses consider whether they should develop new carbon offset projects, or purchase offsets through existing projects.
  • Carbon Offsets
  • Commitments

Offset Procurement Resources

Climate Action Guidance

The Carbon Offset Procurement Resources aid institutions in understanding carbon offsets and in deciding which carbon offsets best suit their goals. This page provides a variety of tools that supply background knowledge, selection guidance, and answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Carbon Offsets
  • Commitments

Trends and Statistics in Campus Carbon Offset Purchases

Blog Post

Higher education institutions engage in many different types of emission reduction activities to achieve campus carbon neutrality. Recently, many schools have become interested in purchasing carbon offsets to counteract their unavoidable travel-related Scope 3 emissions. Data Analysis I looked at the data that Signatories, higher ed institutions that have signed commitments to climate action, reported […]
  • Carbon Offsets
  • Commitments

Cevallos: A call for action on climate change

Media Coverage

One only needs to follow the news to see that the devastating impacts of climate change that scientists have been warning about for decades are now on our doorstep. The past six months have seen raging fires swallow an entire community in California, Hurricane Florenceinundate North Carolina with three feet of rain, and disruptions to the polar vortex cause temperatures to plummet dangerously low in the Midwest. Outside of the United States, climate change is causing food shortages and creating refugees in many of the poorest nations on earth, which have contributed almost nothing to the problem.
  • Climate Leadership
  • Commitments
  • Cross Sector Partnerships

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 Assessments. The outcomes from these assessments may be helpful for schools beginning the Resilience Assessment process for their own campuses. The reports are also publicly […]
  • 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 highlight synergies between mitigation and adaptation strategies. This guidance document outlines how to set measurable resilience goals and targets, and how to complete the resilience […]
  • Commitments
  • Resilience

Joining the Climate Leadership Network

Signatory Handbook

Bold commitments to climate action by higher education leaders have a significant impact at their institution and beyond. Presidents or Chancellors must sign one of the 3 commitments to join the network. 1. Before Signing Investigate We have developed resources to help you determine the best fit for your institution out of the 3 commitment options. […]
  • Commitments

Climate Leadership Network Map

Signatory Handbook

The Climate Leadership Network is comprised of colleges and universities across all 50 states including the District of Columbia, who have committed to take action on climate and prepare students through research and education to solve the challenges of the 21st century.
  • Campus Leadership
  • Commitments

Examples of Climate Action Plan Structures

Signatory Handbook

Overview of Planning Themes Signatory institutions agree to develop a climate action plan for becoming climate neutral and by which defined thresholds of resilience will be met. This climate action plan is to be developed within three years of the implementation start date, and should include a target date as well as interim milestones for […]
  • Commitments