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2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards

Recognizing Innovation and Excellence in Climate Leadership at Signatory Institutions of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Second Nature is pleased to announce the following institutions as Finalists for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards.

2013-SNCLA-Finalist

Finalists were chosen from an outstanding pool of peer institutions, based on their commitment to climate and sustainability leadership and successful implementation of related programs, education, and partnerships.  The full criteria can be found here.

The Climate Leadership Awards highlight campus innovation and climate leadership to transition society to a clean, just, and sustainable future. Finalists are chosen from ACUPCC signatory institutions in good standing via a nomination process.  This year marks the fourth annual Climate Leadership Awards. Finalists will advance to be considered for a 2013 Award.

2013 Finalists for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership

  • Associate Colleges
    Bellevue College, WA
    Glendale Community College, AZ
    Saint Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, MO
    University of Hawaii Kauai Community College, HI
  • Baccalaureate College
    Carleton College, MN
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges, NY
    Middlebury College, VT
    Oberlin College, OH
  • Master’s Granting Institutions
    American Public University System, WV
    Chatham University, PA
    Goddard College, VT
    Western State Colorado University, CO
  • Doctorate Granting Institutions
    Georgia Institute of Technology, GA
    Indiana State University, IN
    Missouri University of Science & Technology, MO
    Portland State University, OR
    State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, NY
  • Special Focus Institutions
    Massachusetts Maritime Academy, MA
    Pratt Institute of Art & Design, NY
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA

In partnership with Planet Forward, all finalists will be featured in a public voting competition during April 2013, where viewers can vote on the most innovative and ground-breaking institution in each Carnegie Classification. Campuses with the top votes at the end of April will be featured in a variety of media opportunities.

Watch 2012 Finalists videos produced by Carleton CollegePratt Institute of Art & Design, and many others, on the Planet Forward site. Glendale Community College, Goddard College, and the Georgia Institute of Technology were also Finalists in the 2012 awards competition.

For more information about the Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards: http://secondnature.org/awards/

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By Sarah Brylinsky, Program Associate, Second Nature
(This article appears in the July, 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

The ACUPCC

Download the 2012 Climate Leadership Highlights PDF

Signatory Presidents at the 2012 Summit

Signatory presidents of the ACUPCC pose for a photograph during the opening reception

The 6th Annual American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Climate Leadership Summit took place June 21st-22nd in Washington, DC at American University. 53 signatory presidents and senior staff from over 65 institutions gathered to celebrate the first five years of the ACUPCC and to respond to the summit theme of Economic Renewal: jump-starting a sustainable economy through the ACUPCC.  The attendees discussed ways for advancing peer-to-peer learning and support across the ACUPCC, and identified next steps to foster the ongoing sustainability transformation of higher education by preparing students for the 21st century economy, increasing affordability and access through cost savings, and advancing innovation through research, experimentation, and role-modeling solutions in campus operations.

Special Report: Celebrating Five Years of Climate Leadership

Five Year Report

The ACUPCC released a special report: Celebrating Five Years of Climate Leadership | The Progress and Promise of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

A special report, Celebrating Five Years of Climate Leadership: The Progress and Promise of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, was released at the Summit, detailing successes from signatory campuses across the country and innovation in education, emissions reductions, financing, and more.

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By Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University
(This article appears in the March, 2011 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

PSU President Wim Wiewel (r) and Portland Mayor Sam Adams (l) bike to work

The ACUPCCOn my first day at Portland State University back in August 2008, I rode my bike to work alongside Portland Mayor-elect Sam Adams. The ride symbolized Portland State University’s partnership with the city, and both Portland and PSU’s commitment to sustainability. I haven’t stopped pedaling since.

How we think about and implement sustainability at Portland State University reflects that ride. Our region provides more than just background and scenery—it gives us a context for the work that we do, as well as a broad array of public, private, and nonprofit partners willing to tackle our common challenges.

As a young university of 30,000 students in the heart of a young city, Portland State has built its reputation on a forward-thinking program of urban studies and planning, an interdisciplinary approach, and purposeful engagement with the community. (more…)

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by Don Ryan, Vice President for Policy, Second Nature

Don RyanCollege and university presidents are stepping up to provide leadership on national transportation policy through Second Nature’s 15-member task force, which just released its recommendations to Congress and the Obama Administration. At a Congressional Briefing on April 28, three presidents drew on their institutions’ firsthand experience to highlight the task force’s recommendations: Jamillah Moore of Los Angeles City College, George Dennison of the The University of Montana, and Wim Wiewel of Portland State University.

Higher Education Sector is Crucial to Progress

In the past, higher education as a sector has not recognized its stake in national transportation policy. In fact, colleges and universities cannot achieve deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions without major changes in federal policy. At the same time, these institutions are crucial to national progress because they serve as test beds for piloting and evaluating innovative transportation strategies and developing new clean technologies.

These institutions are crucial to national progress. They serve as test beds for piloting and evaluating innovative transportation strategies and developing new clean technologies.

Recommendations to Congress

The task force called on Congress to make reducing greenhouse gas emissions a fundamental goal of transportation policy – on a par with mobility and safety. While this may sound like a “no-brainer,” it amounts to a radical change, because historically transportation policy has only given lip service to climate and energy goals.

Noting that our current transportation financing and pricing system is badly broken, the task force urged Congress to adopt carbon-based fees to act as a strong price signal for both the purchase and use of vehicles. Other task force recommendations call for U.S. leadership in vehicle efficiency and clean fuels, expanding transportation options to meet local needs, improving the condition and efficiency of our transportation system, and expanding innovation, research and evaluation.

Higher Education Leaders are Invited to Join the Effort

The task force appointed two Co-Chairs: Judith Ramaley, President of Winona State University, and George Dennison, President of The University of Montana. With support from Second Nature, the task force will be working over the coming months to engage many other higher education leaders to elevate the national policy dialogue about transportation and energy policy.

If you want to join other higher education leaders in making our transportation system more sustainable, please contact Don Ryan, Second Nature’s Vice President for Policy at dryan@secondnature.org.

Read the full news release about the Task Force’s work here.
Read the Task Force’s recommendations (PDF) to Congress and the Obama Administration.

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