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. 

2018-2019 Second Nature Impact Report


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Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Carbon Pricing

The University Climate Change Coalition’s first policy topic of interest as indicated by the Ohio State University President 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. A supplementary white paper that will dive deeper into these opportunities and highlight case studies will be published later in 2019.

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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. Download.

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). Download

On-site Energy for Higher Education White Paper (Siemens)

On-Site Energy for Higher Education White Paper

This 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. “As costs drop for deploying smarter, more flexible grids, many educational institutions are looking for new ways to acquire, store, and consume the energy they require in order to foster more reliable, predictable, and cost-effective operations… New breakthroughs in on-site power generation (such as solar, wind, and thermal energy), combined heat and power (which enables energy generation through reuse of waste heat), and energy storage (so that energy can be sold back to the grid when demand is high) can assist higher education institutions formulate a more holistic, predictable, and independent energy strategy.”