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Reflections on the 2024 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit

Blog Post

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

Reflections on Second Nature’s First Midwest Gathering

Blog Post

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

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, […]

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

UIC Celebrates Arbor Day with its 10th straight Tree Campus Higher Education Recognition

Blog Post

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

Delta College sustainability honored

Media Coverage

Delta College's activities demonstrating its commitment to sustainability are being recognized at a national level. Second Nature, a nonprofit public benefit corporation that works to accelerate climate action throughout higher education, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have named Delta the winner of the ninth annual 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Award for two-year institutions.
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  • Recognition

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.
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  • Recognition

Marks of Distinction

Climate Action Guidance

  Marks of Distinction Details List of Awarded Marks Marks of Distinction 2019 Infographic Making Your Mark: Climate Leadership Network institutions lead with Distinctions Marks of Distinction is an initiative for the Climate Leadership Network that recognizes signatories that set high-performance goals, demonstrate and report measurable progress towards those goals and support Network activities. […]
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Recognition

Initiative

Second Nature highlights the remarkable carbon reduction milestones, renewable energy advancements and Climate Commitment achievements of universities and colleges in the Climate Leadership Network through awards programs. The celebration of climate action successes motivates future progress.
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Higher Education Institutions Lead With Distinction Towards Carbon Neutrality

Press Release

Colleges and universities across the country are being been recognized as climate champions by Second Nature, a non-profit focused on accelerating climate action in and through the higher education sector. Marks of Distinction is a new initiative for the Climate Leadership Network that recognizes a select group of higher education institutions that set high-performance goals and demonstrate and report progress towards those goals.
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