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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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Higher Education Complementarity for Climate Action

Mitigating and adapting to global climate change requires a whole-of-society approach, utilizing resources effectively across all sectors. With its diverse strengths, higher education plays a crucial role in expediting climate solutions. This report showcases varied approaches and actions undertaken by institutions to address climate challenges, emphasizing network designs that identify complementary strengths across institution types and roles and serves as an inspirational and foundational resource, promoting collaboration and partnerships for more effective climate action within and beyond academia.

Disciplinary and institutional diversity of federally funded academic research on climate solutions in the United States

A new paper co-authored by Second Nature’s President, Dr. Tim Carter, appears in the open-access journal Environmental Research Letters. The paper explores the disciplinary and institutional diversity of federal funding for academic research on climate solutions in the US. Their research reveals disparities across institution types and proposes strategies to correct these inequities.

Using the Distinctives of Higher Education to Accelerate Climate Action

The higher education sector has played an important role in society for hundreds of years. Today, the sector is well-positioned to leverage its experience in its “missions” (to offer education and vocational training, advance research, and meet society’s needs through applied research) to create solutions to the complex and urgent global problems caused by climate change. This paper describes seven key distinctives of the higher education sector that have emerged from these missions, and how they are
being applied directly to address climate challenges. These distinctives are not entirely unique to the sector, but are areas of sector-specific strength. Articulating these distinctives clearly can help other sectors working on climate issues better understand how cross-sector climate action could be effectively and efficiently accomplished. We provide background on these distinctives, examples of these distinctives at a variety of institutions, and conclude with future opportunities

Higher Ed and Climate Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act

This report, issued jointly with This is Planet Ed, the Aspen Institute, and the MIT Office of Sustainability, reviews provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act that can support higher education’s role in addressing climate change.

Acción Climática en las Instituciones de Educación Superior en América Latina y el Caribe

El informe 2022, “Acción Climática en las Instituciones de Educación Superior en América Latina y el Caribe”, es un esfuerzo único en su tipo para revelar el estado actual de la acción climática en las instituciones de educación superior en América Latina y el Caribe y evaluar los mayores desafíos y oportunidades para catalizar una mayor acción climática en estas instituciones de importancia crítica

Higher Education Climate Action in Latin America and the Caribbean – Summer 2022

This report, “Higher Education Climate Action in Latin America and the Caribbean,” is a first-of-its-kind effort to reveal the current state of climate action at higher education institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean and assess the greatest challenges and opportunities for catalyzing greater climate action at these critically important institutions.