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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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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.

 

 

 

Campus Resilience Challenge

On August 14, 2018, the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Resilience –in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities and Second Nature –convened a forum on campus resilience at the Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center with representatives from several regional academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and public sector entities. This report summarizes the forum’s findings in the context of a broader effort to build strong and connected communities and provides a roadmap for future collaboration in advancing campus resilience across the region.

Tufts University Community Resilience Building Workshop Summary of Findings | July 2018

This Summary of Findings details the results of a Community Resilience Building workshop hosted by Tufts University in 2018. The workshop was organized by the Office of Sustainability and the Office of Emergency Management. This was an opportunity for stakeholders from the town and campus to come together and discuss climate resilience. It focused on the Tufts campus, but included city representatives from Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts.

The Community Resilience Building (CRB) workshop is a tool developed by The Nature Conservancy, which guides communities through the process of organizing and executing a community resilience building workshop. During the workshop participants define climate hazards, identify strengths and vulnerabilities, and develop and prioritize actions to build resilience.

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.