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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.


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)


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 James Shelley, Assistant Director of Facilities, William Paterson University
(This article appears in the May, 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)


William Paterson University is proud to provide a positive example of climate leadership for our 11,500 students while leading by example for our surrounding community. The University’s campus-wide solar panel installation is a dramatic and visible sign of our commitment, ranking among the top ten largest installations in the United States. William Paterson has integrated sustainability across the curriculum, with a new bachelor’s degree in environmental sustainability. The degree unites tangible study and research, and includes courses in environmental science, biology, chemistry, mathematics, law, political science, and economics. Graduates will be prepared with the interdisciplinary skills needed for careers in sustainability across multiple job sectors. In creating our video, we took a student-focused “day in the life” format as a creative and artistic way to highlight many of our efforts and activities in sustainability.

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By Mary Harris, Professor of Physics, Glendale Community College
(This article appears in the May, 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)


Creating a video to show case Glendale Community College’s (GCC) sustainability initiatives was a wonderful opportunity for the college and helped us realize that the holistic nature of all our efforts had truly led us to a culture of commitment to sustainability. Developing the video was fun and we relied heavily on student input. Students said “Deliver lots of information – six pieces per frame; use upbeat music instead of talking heads since interviews slow down presentation tempo and accents can impact audience reception; be colorful and visual.” We listened and chose a non-traditional format as a template. Use of this technique enabled us to show case over 30 of GCC’s sustainability efforts in three short minutes of video. Many groups from across the college collaborated to create our video and the process has brought our GCC family closer.  Also, our video is viewable from multiple places at the college and has increased college sustainability awareness and efforts.  We will continue to use our video as a demonstration of the initiatives we are so proud of and as a marketing tool to inspire all stakeholders at GCC.

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By Thomas Pelis, Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Planning, SUNY Upstate Medical University
(This article appears in the May, 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)


As an academic medical center, SUNY Upstate Medical University faces unique sustainability challenges. A major portion of our mission is in direct patient care. Our hospitals and clinics account for 75% of the campus’ carbon footprint, and our Operating Rooms generate almost half of the institution’s solid waste. Upstate has responded to the challenge by implementing a variety of innovative sustainability initiatives while maintaining the highest levels of patient care, without compromising our academic and research missions. Our Central Sterile Process and Medical Device Re-Processing initiatives have reduced the use of costly polypropylene “blue wrap” by 23% and saved the University over $1 million during the last 20 months. We are proud of our efforts and look forward to continuing to set an example for other medical universities by delivering top notch training to heath care providers, providing exceptional patient care, and reducing our contribution to negative environmental impacts that deteriorate human health.

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By Stephanie Lage, Assistant to the Director, Office of Sustainability
(This article appears in the May, 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)


The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC) Climate Action Plan (iCAP) has an energy reduction target of 20% by 2015. Conservation efforts have led to a 19% reduction to date! Our emissions reduction goal of 15% by 2015 has already been surpassed with a 16% reduction! And our water conservation reduction goal of 20% by 2015 has also been exceeded with a 16% reduction to date. Beyond operations we are also making an impact in preparing graduates for a changing global market place. Sustainability education can be found in more than 250 courses offered through 43 different departments on campus. The Office of Sustainability organizes an annual curriculum workshop. The instructors that have taken this workshop can reach 6,500 students per year. Creating our Climate Leadership Award video provided us the opportunity to tell our evolving and exciting story in a dynamic platform.   We look forward to sharing the video with our many campus and community stakeholders.

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By Kelly Boulton, Sustainability Coordinator, Allegheny College
(This article appears in the May, 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)


Sustainability at Allegheny College is a community endeavor. In collaboration with the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, we’ve pledged to achieve climate neutrality by 2020. To meet this goal we’ve integrated sustainability principles into budgets, daily operations, job descriptions, purchasing and contract policies, and our Strategic Plan. Students explore and advance sustainability in interdisciplinary courses, innovative research such as aquaponics and wind feasibility studies, collaborations with the City of Meadville and local schools, and extracurricular activities such as the annual October Energy Challenge and the Trashion Show.  Creating a video to highlight our institution’s unique culture of sustainability as a finalist for Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Award was a rich and informative experience.  Conversations with our president, senior staff, faculty and students revealed a consistent yet multifaceted appreciation of our current sustainability initiatives as well as a deep-rooted commitment to the practical approaches needed to support future efforts and to meet our climate neutrality goal.

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