Publications

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. 

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 Steering Committee of Presidents, 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. Download.

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.