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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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The Intentionally Designed Endowment | Primer

Associated with a conference exploring what it means for colleges and universities to invest intentionally, we developed a primer for participants to establish a baseline understanding of key issues related to aligning investment practices with institutional values.  It provides a high-level overview of sustainability investing, including a brief history, and a select list of key resources and relevant organizations.

Executive Summary: Higher Education: Leading the Nation to a Safe and Secure Energy Future

A summary of how the federal government should develop and enhance clean energy incentives and investments for the higher education sector to support sustainable practices on campuses.

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

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

Higher Education’s Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate

Evaluates how colleges and universities are preparing society for a changing climate through their education, research, operations, and community engagement activities.  Publication Date: November 2011.

Leading Profound Change

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.

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”.