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In coordination with national experts, Second Nature has developed publications and resources to help campuses move toward carbon neutrality and implement the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments.
Some of the publications listed below are older; however, they remain relevant to college and university leaders and to practitioners of sustainability as institutions work towards a more carbon-free situation.
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The Future of Academic Research on Climate Solutions | March 2022
This report, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and produced in collaboration with researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Energy Transition Institute, evaluates the current climate research landscape supported by the and highlights key levers to improve the effectiveness of academic research for climate solutions.
Researchers compiled and analyzed a dataset of over 1800 recently awarded federal climate solution grants to universities and colleges, totaling $1.42 billion dollars, and performed stakeholder interviews with key federal and higher education leaders to produce five recommendations. Download and read the report to learn more.
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The Role of Higher Education in Advancing Carbon Pricing: A Preliminary Briefing for University Leaders
The University Climate Change Coalition (UC3)’s first policy topic of interest as indicated by Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake and supported by his colleagues is carbon pricing. UC3 convened subject matter experts from across North America to discuss Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Carbon Pricing. This preliminary brief includes a menu of options for college and university leaders who want to engage on this issue internally on their campuses or externally with cross-sector partners.
Completed Resilience Assessments
Completing an initial Campus-Community Resilience Assessment is the second step in implementing the Climate and Resilience Commitments. This document compiles a list of schools that have completed their Campus-Community Resilience Assessments. The outcomes from these assessments may be helpful for schools beginning the Resilience Assessment process for their own campuses. The reports are also publicly available in the Reporting Platform.
How to Report on Resilience Goals in a Climate Action Plan
Second Nature recommends a Climate Action Plan (CAP) including both carbon neutrality and climate resilience goals. An integrated CAP will help campuses think comprehensively about addressing climate change, and may highlight synergies between mitigation and adaptation strategies. This guidance document outlines how to set measurable resilience goals and targets, and how to complete the resilience portion of the CAP report in the Reporting Platform (Step 3 of the Climate and Resilience Commitments).
On-Site Energy for Higher Education: How Educational Institutions Can Move Towards a More Practical and Affordable Control of Energy Supply (Siemens)
This white paper by Siemens, a Second Nature partner, explores in detail how improvements in energy efficiency on campuses, such as microgrids and local renewables, can significantly reduce CO2 emissions and lower energy costs.