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.
Moving Forward – Advancing the Intentionally-Designed Endowment
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.
The Intentionally-Designed Endowment – A Primer
Associated with a conference exploring what it means for colleges and universities to invest intentionally, we developed a primer for participants to establish a baseline understanding of key issues related to aligning investment practices with institutional values. It provides a high-level overview of sustainability investing, including a brief history, and a select list of key resources and relevant organizations. Download.
2013 Annual Report
2013 was a year of change for Second Nature. We reexamined – and reaffirmed – our roots and our mission; made a systematic assessment of our strengths, opportunities, and challenges; strengthened our partnership with the presidents who lead the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment; broadened our program base, and developed a new Strategic Framework for the future. Download.
Higher Education: Leading the Nation to a Safe and Secure Energy Future (Exec. Summary)
Executive summary. Outlines how the federal government should develop and enhance clean energy incentives and investments for the higher education sector to support sustainable practices on campuses. Download.
Higher Education: Leading the Nation to a Safe and Secure Energy Future (Full)
Full document. Outlines how the federal government should develop and enhance clean energy incentives and investments for the higher education sector to support sustainable practices on campuses. Download.
Higher Education’s Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate
Evaluates how colleges and universities are preparing society for a changing climate through their education, research, operations, and community engagement activities. Download.