Publications

In coordination with national experts, Second Nature has developed publications and resources to help signatories of implement the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments address many of the interrelated aspects of colleges and universities fulfilling their climate commitments.

Many of the publications posted here, were written prior to the launch of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments on October 5, 2015. They are, however, still relevant to college and university leaders and practitioners of sustainability as institutions work towards their Commitment goals.

 

 

Does Location Matter When Selecting an Off-site Renewable Project?

This document is a statistics-driven look into why project location impacts the ability to hedge against rising electricity costs. Download

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. Download.

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. Download.

Why is Resilience Important?

This short, downloadable handout explores why climate resilience is important, why the time to act is now, and why higher education is the ideal place to take action. Download.

What is Climate Resilience?

This short, downloadable handout explores the emerging topic of resilience. What is? How is it defined? What are its core concepts? How do Second Nature and the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments approach planning for it? Download.

Large-Scale Renewables: The Next Chapter in Higher Education Sustainability Leadership

February 2017

Higher education is uniquely positioned to both expand and benefit from climate leadership. Many universities and colleges have substantially stepped up their commitments and efforts to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG). However, the ‘climate gap’ toward reaching these commitments is widening, as campuses become more technology and electricity intensive.Large-scale renewable energy (LSRE) provides higher education with an attractive solution to close this gap and show climate leadership, while reducing long-term electricity cost and managing risk.

This white paper, created in partnership with CustomerFirst Renewables, walks through the opportunities and challenges of LSRE projects, how to set them up, and firsts steps.

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