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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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San Francisco State University Community Resilience Building Workshop Summary of Findings | April 2022
In collaboration with Second Nature and The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco State University launched a community-based process to assess extreme weather and climate change impacts and to generate and prioritize solutions to improve the resiliency, sustainability, and equity of their community. This report is a summary of their findings.
The Workshop occurred as part of the Community Resilience Building (CRB) process that San Francisco State University underwent with The Nature Conservancy and Second Nature. It also included engagement with and between community members (students, faculty, etc).
City of Morris University of Minnesota – Morris Campus Stevens County Community Resilience Building Workshop Summary of Findings | March 2022
This report provides a summary of findings that came out of a March 2022 Community Resilience Building process that was hosted by the Morris Community Core Team (the City of Morris, University of Minnesota’s Morris Campus, and Stevens County) and facilitated by The Nature Conservancy and Second Nature. The summary of findings focus on the evolving risks and actions due to climate change, and correlate with the Workshop’s central objectives.
The Workshop occurred as part of the Community Resilience Building (CRB) process that the City of Morris, the University of Minnesota’s Morris Campus, and Stevens County underwent with The Nature Conservancy and Second Nature.
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.
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).