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.



Appalachian State University: Supporting Solar Energy through a Student-Financed Renewable Energy Initiative

The case study series “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to showcase working financial models for universities and other higher education institutions to invest in solar energy on campus. In this case study, we look at how Appalachian State University finances energy projects and initiatives through a student-driven group and fees. Download.

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Universities Can Replace GHG Emissions and Be Paid For Replacing Cooling

Colleges and universities across the U.S. have the potential to play a major role in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and many are unaware of it. Read.

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3 energy efficiency tips for data centers

Server rooms and data centers use a lot of energy.  And it’s not just big data centers: The average commercial office building spends close to one quarter of its annual energy bill powering server rooms and closets.  Why are they such energy hogs? Read.

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Portland makes climate action progress with help of local profs

The Portland region of Oregon has a legacy of reducing carbon emissions while encouraging economic growth and welcoming  new residents. Read.

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2014 Second Nature Annual Report

This interactive, web-based, and fully digital report offers an overview of Second Nature’s achievements and changes during the 2014 year, as well as a glimpse of things to come. View.

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Moving Forward – Advancing the Intentionally-Designed Endowment

May 2014

On April 3-4, 2014, Second Nature and Hampshire College convened a group of high-level stakeholders to explore a wide variety of approaches to aligning higher education and foundation endowment investment portfolios with their institutional mission and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. Download.

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