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Strategic leadership for sustainability by higher education: the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment

  • Greenland Enterprises (MA)

Higher education has a strong influence in shaping the mental models of many of society's professionals and leaders and is a critical leverage point in creating a sustainable society ...


Climate Change Commitment Wall

  • American University (DC)

American University student signs chalkboard commitment wall to fight climate change.


Quantitative analysis of factors affecting greenhouse gas emissions at institutions of higher education

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Increasingly, institutions are reporting greenhouse gas emissions as a means to measure sustainability. One way higher education is taking a leadership role is through the American College and University Presidents ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Sustainable Choices

  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ)

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) is a fast growing community college in a suburb of the Phoenix Metro area. As one of ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District ...


American University Achieved Carbon Neutrality Two Years Ahead of 2020 Target

  • American University (DC)

In 2018, American University became the first university, first research university, and first urban higher education campus to achieve carbon neutrality. This major goal was reached two years ahead of ...


Making Climate Commitments into Climate Action

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The Climate Action Implementation Plan (CAIP) is the sustainability action plan for the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The UIC Climate Commitments, announced in April 2016, form the basis ...


Climate Change and the Canadian Higher Education System: An Institutional Policy Analysis

  • University of Rochester (NY)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

Climate change is a pressing concern. Higher education can address the challenge, but systematic analyses of climate change in education policy are sparse. This paper addresses this gap in the ...


Facilitating a World Climate Negotiation Simulation

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

The World Climate Simulation has been run with over 35,000 people in nearly 80 countries to enable people to experience the dynamics of the UN climate negotiations. Join this ...

  • Posted April 26, 2018
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Sustainability at Universities: Students’ perceptions from Green and Non-Green universities

  • Vytautas Magnus University

As institutions of higher education, universities have a significant impact on society and can play a key role in sustainability provision. Particularly, it is expected that green universities, because they ...

  • Posted April 24, 2018
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Taking Action to Mitigate Climate Change on Campus and Beyond

  • Colby College (ME)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Energy Action Coalition

"Scientific instruments showed that the gas had reached an average daily level above 400 parts per million — just an odometer moment in one sense, but also a sobering reminder that ...

  • Posted April 3, 2018
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Enhancing Sustainability and Climate Focused Curricula with AMS Climate Studies

  • Coppin State University (MD)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

The intention of this webinar is to highlight the important of studying climate science and global change topics and working toward a climate literate society. Presenters will inform participants about ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Experiential Learning and Pathways to Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Montana- Missoula (MT)

To date, more than 650 university presidents across the United States have become signatories of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). A central goal of being a ...

  • Posted Feb. 28, 2018
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The Climate Commitment: Getting the President to Move From 'no' to 'yes' -- and Then Maximizing the Impact of the Signature

  • Concordia College (NY)

At many colleges and universities, the president is highly reluctant to sign the Climate Commitment (of Second Nature), with its pledge to achieve carbon neutrality and increase community resilience. At ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Presidential Power: Examining the Language of Executive Campus Commitments

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Over the course of the past decade, hundreds of college and university presidents have committed to an array of sustainability goals through platforms like Second Nature's Climate Commitment, the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Trends in climate change mitigation strategies. Which institutions are meeting their greenhouse gas reduction targets and why.

  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

In the last decade nearly 500 colleges and universities in North America have publicly declared their intention to combat climate change by reaching carbon neutrality. Of those, 325 have committed ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climatepedia: A Climate Action Network for the Nation

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

Climatepedia was founded by undergraduate students in 2011 by UCLA students. It is now an emerging 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with chapters at UC Irvine, UCLA, and Yale University ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Data Mapping Academia's Voluntary Commitments to the United Nations' Ocean Conference 2017

  • Tarleton State University (TX)

The purpose of this research is to examine academic institutions voluntary commitments to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals as published in the Partnership Data for the Sustainable Development ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Leadership Network Carbon Offset Projects Networking

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This networking meeting will focus on the development of 'peer reviewed' and 'innovative' carbon offset projects for colleges and universities. Please join us if you are interested in exploring options ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Utilizing Innovative and Peer Reviewed Carbon Offsets with the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitments

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Many institutions use carbon offsets to help them attain carbon neutrality and achieve their goals under the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitments. Since 2008, Second Nature has provided guidelines for ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Action Data: New Tools & Metrics

  • Second Nature (MA)

Carbon and resilience reporting can be a moving target with the protocols, tools, and data inputs constantly changing! Stay on top of recent changes and new tools in this session ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Lead your school to carbon neutrality and 100% renewable energy.

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Environment America (MA)

The Climate Leadership Network comprises more than 600 colleges and universities in every state and the District of Columbia who have committed to take action on climate and prepare students ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Action (re)Boot Camp!

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Join us for a climate action boot camp! This workshop will provide a refresher on the basic components of climate action planning, and bring you up to date on reporting ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Aligning Endowment Investments with the Paris Climate Agreement & the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)
  • Global Endowment Management (NC)

The past few years have seen a surge in interest and activity around how endowment investment practices can be better aligned with institutional mission, values, and sustainability goals. In large ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Leadership Commitment Signatory Networking Session

  • Second Nature (MA)

Climate Leadership Commitment Implementation Liaisons and those interested in learning about the Climate Leadership Network will hear from Second Nature staff about recent accomplishments, progress, and activities. This includes progress ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Carbon Markets & Offsets Guidance

  • Second Nature (MA)

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 ...


Using a class to conduct a carbon inventory: A case study with practical results at Macalester College

  • Macalester College (MN)

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the practical realities of using a college seminar to fulfill the carbon audit requirement for signatories to the American College and University ...

  • Posted June 22, 2017
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Report of the Smith College Study Group on Climate Change

  • Smith College (MA)

In this report, the Study Group on Climate Change (SGCC) presents its recommendations for climate action by Smith College. By implementing these recommendations, the college will coherently integrate climate action ...


Does Eco-labeling of Services Matter? Evidence from Higher Education

  • Marquette University (WI)
  • University of Idaho (ID)

Eco-labeling of services has become increasingly common, yet little empirical evidence exists concerning its effectiveness. We address this gap in the literature by analyzing a highly visible eco-label, the American ...

  • Posted Feb. 17, 2017
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10 Years Old, 1 Year New: Climate Leadership Commitment signatory networking session

  • Second Nature (MA)

Climate Leadership Commitment Implementation Liaisons and those interested in learning about the Climate Leadership Network will hear from Second Nature staff about the accomplishments, progress, and activities over the past ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Health Educators Climate Commitment

  • Columbia University (NY)

The Health Educators Climate Commitment is a pledge by 118 medical, public health, and nursing schools from 15 countries to train their students to address the health impacts of climate ...


UCSC Climate & Energy Strategy- A Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality by 2025

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Over the past 18 months, UCSC has been implementing a process to develop a comprehensive Climate and Energy Strategy (CES) to support its goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2025 ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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Carbon management at universities: a reality check

  • University of Southampton

Carbon dioxide emissions from the higher education sector are globally significant. This study compares the performance of 20 institutions in English research-intensive universities to their self-set targets, using three key ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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UC Cool Campus Challenge

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

In the fall of 2015, the Cool Campus Challenge (CCC) engaged nearly 20,000 staff, students and faculty at the University of California (UC) in an online pledge campaign aimed ...


Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Institutions of Higher Education

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission estimates from signatories of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) were compared across Carnegie institutional classifications. Average annual emissions from all institutional classifications ...


Beyond Offsets: Innovative approaches to achieving and exceeding our climate commitments

  • Hampshire College (MA)
  • Williams College (MA)
  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)

Climate change is a defining issue of our time, and colleges and university are leading the way by setting ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets. Many of us are even striving ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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ACUPCC Implementation Liaison Networking

  • Second Nature (MA)

An informal networking session for the Implementation Liaisons (ILs) from signatories (or those interested in becoming signatories) of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) . Meet ILs from ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustaining Sustainability: Making Progress Beyond the ACUPCC

  • Towson University (MD)

Your institution has made a commitment to sustainability, it signed the ACUPCC, formed a committee, hired a sustainability coordinator, but now what? Many sustainability efforts get off to a great ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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ACUPCC Implementation Liaison Networking Meeting

  • Second Nature (MA)

The ACUPCC Implementation Liaison Networking Meeting provides an opportunity to get to know your colleagues, share stories, and learn from your peers. Engage in lively small group discussions to identify ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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GHG Inventories and the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment: Benchmarking and Analysis

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)

The higher education field lacks benchmarking methods in the area of greenhouse gas emission inventories. This study establishes useful benchmarks by examining the measurable characteristics of climate zone, size, and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Overcoming Challenges in Capturing & Collecting GHG Data and Streamlining the ACUPCC Reporting Process

  • Stony Brook University (NY)

At Stony Brook University, responsible environmental stewardship is in its DNA. As an early reporting member of the ACUPCC, Stony Brook University has completed comprehensive inventories of all greenhouse gas ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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From Presidents' Climate Commitment to the Real Food Challenge: Bringing Sustainable Food to Your Campus

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Struggling to develop a sustainable food procurement policy at your school? Looking to engage students in sustainability measures on campus?

By uniting students across the country, the Real Food Challenge ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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ACUPCC: Writing, Implementing and Supporting Climate Action Plans

  • San Francisco State University (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Over 600 chancellors and presidents have signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. However, making the commitment and meeting it represent two very different tasks, the challenges which ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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We're on board with ACUPCC: Now what?

  • Hillsborough Community College (FL)

Almost 700 institutions of higher education are signatories to the ACUPCC and it is encouraging to note that this momentum appears to be building. Community or 4-year colleges, that have ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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State Policy Influence on ACUPCC Climate Action Plans

  • Stetson University (FL)

Climate change policy in the US has been highly variable, with little structure at the federal level and great variability among states. The lack of overarching national climate change policy ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Facilitating Effective Implementation of the ACUPCC

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) requires signatories to submit greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and climate action plans (CAPs) for their respective campuses. Although almost 700 presidents ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Case Study: Engaging Pomona College Students in an ACUPCC Climate Action Plan

  • Pomona College (CA)
  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)
  • CTG Energetics, Inc. (CA)

As colleges and universities embark on a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for the ACUPCC, they are faced with creating a process that will accurately assess the campus' energy ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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From Creating a Carbon Footprint Baseline to Achieving Climate Neutrality: A Structured Approach to Meeting your ACUPCC Goals

  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)
  • City of Saint Anthony Village (MN)
  • Seattle University (WA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)
  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)

Panelists will discuss how their ACUPCC activities have been couched within a broader master planning context, an energy management program context, and a dedicated process focused on meeting the terms ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The PCC, STARS and the 2030 Challenge: Going from the Conceptual to the Concrete

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Ice Miller LLP (IN)

This presentation will review the interrelation of obligations that institutions undertake when signing the Presidents Climate Commitment, implementing the Sustainable Tracking and Rating System (STARS), and adopting the 2030 Challenge ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Presidents Climate Commitment and the University of Maine Master Plan

  • University of Maine (ME)
  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)

The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is guiding over 500 institutions toward the ultimate goal of climate neutrality. As a charter signatory of the ACUPCC, the University ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Cool Campuses?! The National Movement for Campus Climate Action Deserves High Grades But a Greater Effort is Needed to Address the Growing Climate Crisis

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Ithaca College (NY)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College (NY)
  • Ball State University (IN)

Who will lead this energy revolution? One hopeful possibility is higher education. As one example, many institutions of higher education are already involved through the American College & University Presidents ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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