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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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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.
Eastern Connecticut State University Town of Windham Community Resilience Building Workshop Summary of Findings | May 2017
This resource is a detailed Summary of Findings compiled by Eastern Connecticut State University following a Community Resilience Building workshop with the Town of Windham, Connecticut in 2017. This was an opportunity for stakeholders from the town and campus to come together and discuss climate resilience. The workshop was facilitated by The Nature Conservancy and Second Nature.
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.
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.