Publications

In coordination with national experts, Second Nature has developed publications and resources to help signatories of implement the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments address many of the interrelated aspects of colleges and universities fulfilling their climate commitments.

Many of the publications posted here, were written prior to the launch of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments on October 5, 2015. They are, however, still relevant to college and university leaders and practitioners of sustainability as institutions work towards their Commitment goals.

 

 

Resilience Planning for Washington D.C. Universities

The District of Columbia Mayor’s College and University Sustainability Pledge, signed in 2012, is a cross sector agreement between the District higher education sector and local government to advance sustainability. The District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) urban sustainability staff, along with Sustainability Directors from partner universities, invited Second Nature to help organize a one-day workshop on climate resilience. The goal was to increase higher ed. institutions’ understanding of District resilience planning initiatives, and provide a framework for colleges and universities to undertake their own resilience assessment and planning processes on campus. Download

 

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How to Conduct a Campus-Community Resilience Assessment

The resilience assessment is meant to provide a baseline of current resilience activities on campus and in the community, develop initial indicators of resilience through a multi-stakeholder process, and identify current vulnerabilities related to climate change. Schools should keep a particular eye on overlaps and gaps in assets and vulnerabilities between the campus and community. Download.

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Implementation Liaison: The Institution’s Chief Climate Change Officer

This document identifies how implementation and communication processes occur within the Climate Leadership Network, from the Steering Committee of Presidents, and from Second Nature as the non-profit facilitator. It also provides detailed information to help select a staff person for the Implementation Liaison (IL) role. Download.

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Does Location Matter When Selecting an Off-site Renewable Project?

This document is a statistics-driven look into why project location impacts the ability to hedge against rising electricity costs. Download

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Working with the Community on Resilience: Campus-Community Structures

The unique characteristics of the campus and community may determine how to create a joint structure and the best relationships. These may evolve and change over time. In general, these types of campus characteristics provide a starting point for consideration: Urban or Rural, Large or Small, Public or Private, and 4-year or 2-year. Download.

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Carbon Markets & Offsets Guidance

This document was developed as a resource for higher education institutions implementing one of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. It outlines the concept of carbon offsets, how offsetting can be used in the context of climate action planning and achieving carbon neutrality, and what constitutes a quality carbon offset project. Download.

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