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. 

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.

Download.

Colby College: Developing a Diverse Solar & Carbon Neutrality Strategy

The case study series “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to showcase working financial models for universities and other higher education institutions to invest in solar energy on campus. In this case study, we look at how Colby College uses a variety of strategies including on-campus production, green power purchasing and carbon offsets to tackle their greenhouse gas emissions. Download.

See other resources from this project at www.solarendowment.org/resources.

Luther College: Third-Party, Supporter-Financed Campus Solar. An Approach and a Partnership that Works.

The case study series “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to showcase working financial models for universities and other higher education institutions to invest in solar energy on campus. In this case study, we look at how Luther College uses donors and supporters to fund their renewable energy campus initiatives. Download.

See other resources from this project at www.solarendowment.org/resources.