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Second Nature: Campus Sustainability Day

Campus Sustainability Day
October 26th 2011 | Join the Conversation!

http://www.secondnature.org/csd

Campus Sustainability Day is a time to focus and reflect on the success of the sustainability movement in higher education. Together, we’re moving society forward towards a sustainable future.

As individual campuses we are strong, but as a movement we are stronger still, and our connections across campuses and institutions enable us to learn from one another and grow as a movement. Second Nature invites you to join an event to spark conversation and new connections this Campus Sustainability Day by participating in:

Campus Conversations (October 26th, 2011)
A Useful Education: Sustainability in Admissions,
Retention, and Educational Value

More about Campus Conversations after the jump.

How to Participate:

  • Register now to participate in the conversation. It’s free!
  • Schedule your events on campus – organize discussions in class, schedule an all-campus teach-in, or tune-in as part of your own celebration.
  • Log in on Campus Sustainability Day and watch the 15-20 minute webcast to get the conversation started. You can watch the webcast anytime during Campus Sustainability Day, or re-screen several times.
  • Watch, ask questions, and respond to feedback on the Campus Conversations website. Participants will be recording video responses and stories on the conversation, and you can contribute by submitting your own questions, uploading video responses, and participating in other interactive media outlets.
  • Post your event on the Campus Sustainability Day Event Calendar.

If you have a story to share about sustainability, campus admissions, and the value of a useful education – contact Sarah Brylinsky at sbrylinsky@secondnature.org.

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By Anthony Cortese, President, Second Nature and Andrea Putman, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Second Nature
(This article appears in the August, 2010 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

The ACUPCC

The ACUPCC represents a courageous and unprecedented form of leadership by higher education to lead society to a climate neutral and environmentally sustainable state in order to meet the individual, social and economic needs of all humans in the present and in the future.  Signatory schools have committed to be a model for climate neutrality and sustainability and ensure that their graduates will have the knowledge and skills to help all of society do the same.

One of the most exciting developments of this focus by higher education institutions has been the cultural shift that is taking place on many campuses.  Presidents and other campus leaders have recognized that achieving these goals requires the focus, involvement and collaboration of all parts of the institution – administrators, faculty, staff, students and trustees – in deep and synergistic ways.  They have told Second Nature and others that the Commitment has accelerated efforts to integrate academic, research, operational and community outreach actions into a holistic approach to sustainability and that it has done more to build a vibrant community and a sense of shared purpose across the institutions than any other initiative in recent memory.  Collectively, the ACUPCC network has become an important learning community and is helping to encourage all of higher education to make this commitment.

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Tomorrow, April 1st, Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University and Co-Chair of the ACUPCC Steering Committee, will moderate a forum (with free webcast), addressing the question: Is Energy Independence Possible in Our Lifetime?

The panelists include:

  • Arum Majumdar, Director, Advanced Research Projects, US Department of Energy
  • James E. Rogers, Chairman, President, and CEO, Duke Energy
  • Sunil Paul, Founder, Gigaton Throwdown Project
  • John A. “Skip” Laitner, Director of Economic and Social Analysis, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • Lisa Marginello, Director, Energy Policy Initiative, New America Foundation
  • Gary Dirks, Director, Arizona State LightWorks, Former President BP Asia-Pacific and BP China

“The promise of abundant, clean, renewable energy is now facing the reality of markets, technology limitations, and a disjointed policy environment. Can we scale existing or near term technologies to meet even a small fraction of our domestic electrical and liquid fuel needs? What are the revolutionary ideas on the horizon that have a chance of turning the hype into reality? Come hear a group of industry, research, and policy experts discuss the important topic.”

The live webcast can be viewed for free at: http://www.newenergynow.com/forum/

The event is sponsored by Arizona State University and the New America Foundation.

Update: An archived video of the forum is available at C-SPAN’s video library.

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