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The Three Circles of COP

Blog Post

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
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 […]
  • 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, […]

W&L Visiting Math Professor Receives $10,000 Grant from Second Nature

Media Coverage

Kumudu Gamage, visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Washington and Lee University, has been selected to receive a $10,000 grant from Second Nature, an organization dedicated to accelerating climate action in and through higher education.
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy

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 […]
  • Campus Leadership
  • Climate Leadership
  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Partnerships
  • Renewable Energy
  • Resilience

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 […]
  • Campus Leadership
  • Climate Leadership
  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Partnerships
  • Renewable Energy
  • Resilience

Pro Bono Consulting

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Pro Bono Consulting Opportunity – Round IV Applications are now closed for Second Nature’s Pro Bono Consulting initiative – Round IV. Provided and sponsored by Brailsford & Dunlavey and Coho (an ERM Group Company, formerly CustomerFirst Renewables), this initiative from our Solutions Center was first announced in the fall of 2020. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Colleges and universities that are active Climate […]
  • Campus Leadership
  • Climate Leadership
  • Commitments
  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Partnerships
  • Recognition
  • Renewable Energy
  • Resilience

Climate Solutions Acceleration Fund

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Round One Information Congratulations to the Following Round One Winners: Agnes Scott CollegeDecatur, GA Bard CollegeAnnandale-on-Hudson, NY California State University, ChicoChico, CA Central Community CollegeGrand Island, NE Colgate UniversityHamilton, NY   Institute of American Indian ArtsSanta Fe, NM The University of ArizonaTucson, AZ University at Albany – State University of New YorkAlbany, NY University of […]
  • Campus Leadership
  • Climate Leadership
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Resilience

Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s NextGen Committee Awards $90,000 to Second Nature

Press Release

The NextGen Committee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded a $90,000 grant to Second Nature to provide the tools necessary to allow universities to collaborate and pool their financial investments, to increase the number of large-scale renewable energy projects in the national grid, and to achieve climate neutrality on more U.S. campuses.
  • Carbon Offsets
  • Finance
  • Renewable Energy

RECs the Right Way: Report Accurately and Maximize Impact

Webinar

Does your campus purchase or generate renewable energy? Are you confident that you are reporting these purchases correctly? Don’t miss opportunities to make a bigger impact and expand renewable energy purchases in your institutions’ Climate Action Plan. On April 4 at 2 PM EST, get an update on the renewable energy requirements in annual reporting […]
  • Renewable Energy

Why Review a Climate Action Plan?

Blog Post

In the time since signatories submitted the first Climate Action Plans (CAPs) in 2009, the return on investment from renewable energy and other technologies has dramatically increased, which could significantly change carbon reduction goals. So, when the new Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments launched in 2015, we advised signatories to review and update their CAP at least […]
  • Campus Leadership
  • Renewable Energy
  • Resilience

Off-Site Renewable Energy in Competitive Power Market States: “Retail Choice” enables the delivery of least-cost renewables

Webinar

Electricity customers in 17 states are able to choose who they buy their electricity supply from. This “retail choice” has become important as campuses look to fulfill their sustainability goals through clean energy supply. Whereas buying off-site renewable energy from your incumbent utility would require the development of a Green Tariff in a vertically-integrated market, […]
  • Finance
  • Renewable Energy