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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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Resilience Planning for Washington D.C. Universities
The District of Columbia Mayor’s College and University Sustainability Pledge, signed in 2012, is a cross sector agreement between the District’s higher education sector and local government to advance sustainability. The District’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) urban sustainability staff, along with Sustainability Directors from partner universities, invited Second Nature to help organize a one-day workshop on climate resilience. The goal was to increase higher education’s understanding of District resilience planning initiatives, and provide a framework for colleges and universities to undertake their own resilience assessment and planning processes on campus.
How to Conduct a Campus-Community Resilience Assessment
The resilience assessment is meant to provide a baseline of current campus and community resilience activities, develop initial indicators of resilience through a multi-stakeholder process, and identify current vulnerabilities related to climate change. This guidance document outlines the key steps in completing a Campus-Community Resilience Assessment (Step 2 of the Climate and Resilience Commitments) and links to resources to assist with the process.
Implementation Liaison: The Institution’s Chief Climate Change Officer
This document identifies how implementation and communication processes occur within the Climate Leadership Network, from The Climate Leadership Steering Committee, and from Second Nature as the non-profit facilitator. It also provides detailed information to help select a staff person for the Implementation Liaison (IL) role.
Does Location Matter When Selecting an Off-site Renewable Project?
A statistics-driven look into why project location impacts the ability to hedge against rising electricity costs.
This technical brief explores the impact of a renewable project’s location relative to the location of a campus’s load in hedging against rising electricity costs.
Working with the Community on Resilience: Campus-Community Structures
The unique characteristics of the campus and community may determine how to create a joint structure and the best relationships. These may evolve and change over time. In general, these types of campus characteristics provide a starting point for consideration: Urban or Rural, Large or Small, Public or Private, and 4-year or 2-year.
Carbon Markets & Offsets Guidance
This document was developed as a resource for higher education institutions implementing one of The Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. It outlines the concept of carbon offsets, how offsetting can be used in the context of climate action planning and achieving carbon neutrality, and what constitutes a quality carbon offset project.