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. 

Higher Education: Leading the Nation to a Safe and Secure Energy Future (Full)

June 2012

Full document. Outlines how the federal government should develop and enhance clean energy incentives and investments for the higher education sector to support sustainable practices on campuses. Download.

Higher Education’s Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate

November 2011

Evaluates how colleges and universities are preparing society for a changing climate through their education, research, operations, and community engagement activities. Download.

Leading Profound Change

July 2009

Provides an overview of research on select approaches to leading transformational change and examples of successful strategies from ACUPCC campuses to help with the big-picture thinking needed to sustain enthusiasm and implement climate action plans over the long-term. Download.

Green Building Case Studies: Spelman College

In this case study series, first published on Second Nature’s Campus Green Builder website, we look at Climate Leadership Network institutions and their green building efforts. This case study recorded in 2009 looks at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and their sustainability missions, including the campus’s first environmentally oriented residential and dining center, “The Suites”. Download.

Green Building Case Studies: Richmond College

In this case study series, first published on Second Nature’s Campus Green Builder website, we look at Climate Leadership Network institutions and their green building efforts. This study shares Richland College’ sustainability goals, programming, and the building of Sabine Hall, a classroom and conference mixed-use space. Download.

Green Building Case Studies: The College of Menominee Nation

In this case study series, first published on Second Nature’s Campus Green Builder website, we look at Climate Leadership Network institutions and their green building efforts. This particular study shares the sustainable building efforts of The College of Menominee Nation, located in Wisconsin. The document provides a contextual history of the school and outlines the planning and construction phases of its library, guided by LEED Silver certifications. Download.