Second Nature
2014

Annual Report

Second Nature

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. —R. Buckminster Fuller

Our mission is to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future through initiating bold commitments, scaling successful actions, and accelerating innovative solutions among leadership networks in higher education.

We bring meaningful change

At Second Nature, 2014 was a big year for us. And for the globe. On January 16th 2015, NOAA and NASA scientists announced that 2014 was the warmest year in history, since records began in 1880.

We're committed to addressing this challenge through innovative solutions and bold leadership.

At a Glance

The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by leadership at higher education institutions.

679 Signatory Institutions

82% of signatories affirmed that their Climate Action Plan has saved their institution money

41.6% of all US students



Signatory Institutions 679

of signatories affirmed that their Climate Action Plan has saved their institution money

82%

of all US students

41.6%
8,736,161 students A l l 5 0 s t a t e s

Greenhouse Gas

60% of signatories that have submitted 2 or more GHG inventories have reported a decrease in emissions

Those 60% reporting a decrease have eliminated 3,759,878 metric tons of CO2e

21% on average gross GHG emission reduction

That’s roughly the equivalent of 250,000 cars off the road!

60%

of signatories that have submitted 2 or more GHG inventories have reported a decrease in emissions

Those 60% reporting a decrease
have eliminated 3,759,878 metric tons of CO2e

21% on average gross GHG emission reduction

That’s roughly the equivalent of
250,000 cars off the road!

Carbon Neutrality

Signatories have set reduction targets that will
eliminate gross GHG emissions.

3.1

3.1 million metric tons of CO2e by 2020 – a 10% reduction of the network’s current gross GHG emissions

3.5

3.5 million metric tons of CO2e by 2025 – a 12% reduction of the network’s current gross GHG emissions

7.8

7.8 million metric tons of CO2e by 2030 – a 27% reduction of the network’s current gross GHG emissions

44 signatories have set a carbon neutrality target date by 2020

Renewable Energy

ACUPCC signatories produce
507,751,335 kWh
of renewable energy annually.

That’s the equivalent of powering
31,932
American households annually.

The ACUPCC is the
3rdlargest purchaser of RECs in the USA and
a significant supporter of renewable energy development.

180 Signatories have purchased
a total of 1,547,536,025 kWh of
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).

Our Reach

We Envision a Thriving Society

We see higher education playing a prominent leadership role in shaping research, learning, and communities that inspire and operationalize this positive future.

Second Nature serves as a critical driver for leaders in higher education that commit to this responsibility.

University Leadership

33

University Presidents sit on the steering committee.

The Steering Committee, our chief governing body,
is responsible for the guidance, policy, and direction
of the ACUPCC.

Climate Leadership Awards

6 Winners 6 Winners

Recognizing innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses. 2014 marked the most competitive pool of nominations to date, with more than 50 institutions applying.

Minority Serving Institutions

Partnered with the American Meteorological Society to serve MSIs through The AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project.

Through our partnership with the AMS, we served MSIs by:

  • Producing a large network of trained faculty
  • Expanding course offerings
  • Introducting thousands of students to climate sciences
25%

96 signatories are designated Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), representing 25% of all MSIs in the United States.

Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership

Focusing on climate mitigation, resiliency, and regional and national collaborations

44 Campus Teams

36 Different states represented

150 Unique campuses, organizations, and companies

Focusing on climate mitigation, resiliency, and regionaland national collaborations.44Campus Teams150Unique campuses,organizations, and companies36Different statesrepresented

White House Engagement

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued A Call to Action to Advance Climate Education and Literacy.

Second Nature and the ACUPCC were highlighted in a fact sheet released by the White House.

White House Participation in our Summit

White House OSTP representatives participated in a Listening Session designed to highlight emerging opportunities around climate education and gather input from leaders at ACUPCC institutions.

Dr. Timothy Carter

Climate Education and Literacy Roundtable

Dr. Timothy Carter, our new President, was invited to a small roundtable discussion at the White House to discuss climate education and literacy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issuedA Call to Action to Advance Climate Education and Literacy.Climate Educationand Literacy RoundtableDr. Timothy Carter, our newPresident, was invited to a smallroundtable discussion at theWhite House to discussclimate educationand literacy.Second Natureand the ACUPCCwere highlightedin a fact sheetreleased by theWhite House.White House OSTP representatives participatedin a Listening Session designed to highlightemerging opportunities around climate educationand gather input from leaders at ACUPCC institutions.White House Participation in our Summit

Social Media Impact

5682 Followers Second Nature’s monthly newsletter reaches 3751 subscribers The Implementer
Second Nature’s monthly newsletter reaches 3751 subscribers 5682 Followers The Implementer
Our Future

We Believe in Transformation

The hope of a positive collective future is a universal value that drives our work. Since its founding, Second Nature has played a critical role in mobilizing higher education towards a sustainable society. We created and oversee the largest voluntary carbon neutrality commitment in any sector in the United States, impacting millions of students since its creation.

Introducing Dr. Timothy L. Carter

On September 22nd, 2014, Dr. Timothy L. Carter joined Second Nature as its new President. Tim replaced David Hales, who retired in August.

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead Second Nature... It’s a critical time for generating widespread commitment to sustainability and climate preparedness, and higher education has an enormously important role to play in leadership, education, and practical implementation.”

On September 22nd, 2014,Dr. Timothy L. CarterjoinedSecond Nature as its newPresident. Tim replaced DavidHales, who retired in August.“I am thrilled to be given theopportunity to lead SecondNature... It’s a critical time forgenerating widespreadcommitment to sustainabilityand climate preparedness, andhigher education has anenormously important role toplay in leadership, education,and practical implementation.”

New Mission and Goals

Values

We will strive to have our commitments to diversity, transparency, humility, innovation, and community be qualities that are said about us, not characteristics that we simply declare. These values serve as our mirror as well as our lens for focused decision-making, internal organizational dynamics, and engagement with external stakeholders.

Vision

We envision humanity thriving through healthy, just, and sustainable living within a dynamically changing earth system. We see higher education playing a prominent leadership role in shaping research, learning, and communities that inspire and operationalize this positive future. Second Nature serves as a critical driver for leaders in higher education that commit to this responsibility.

Mission

Our mission is to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future through initiating bold commitments, scaling successful actions, and accelerating innovative solutions among leadership networks in higher education.

MISSION VISION VALUES VALUES We will strive to have our commit-ments to diversity, transparency, humility, innovation, and community be qualities that are said about us, not characteristics that we simply declare. These values serve as our mirror as well as our lens for focused decision-making, internal organiza-tional dynamics, and engagement with external stakeholders. MISSION Our mission is to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future through initiating bold com-mitments, scaling successful actions, and accelerating innovative solu-tions among leadership networks in higher education. VISION We envision humanity thriving through healthy, just, and sustainable living within a dynamically changing earth system. We see higher education play-ing a prominent leadership role in shaping research, learning, and commu-nities that inspire and operationalize this positive future. Second Nature serves as a critical driver for leaders in higher education that commit to this responsibility.

Strategic Planning Process

Our 2020 Strategic Plan represents a new, catalytic phase of Second Nature’s development.

5 Objectives

  • Diversify and integrate our core commitments and supporting activities
  • Catalyze collaborative partnerships
  • Lead the creation of sustainability data exchange
  • Strengthen our leadership network
  • Develop and implement strategic communications plan and re-branding

Outcomes

The ACUPCC will be seen as a living commitment, responsive to the cultural and educational contexts of signatories.

Second Nature’s commitments and supporting activities will contribute to larger societal benefits beyond institutional boundaries.

Second Nature is a recognized thought leader and critical partner in sustainability in higher education

Our 2020 Strategic Plan represents a new, catalytic phase of Second Nature’s development. 5Objectives Strengthen our leadership network Diversify and integrate our core commitments and supportingactivities Catalyze collaborative partnerships Develop and implement strategic communications plan and re-branding Lead the creation of sustainability data exchange Outcomes The ACUPCC will be seen as a living commitment, responsive to the cultural and educational contexts of signatories. Second Nature’s commitments and supporting activities will contribute to larger societal benefits beyond institutional boundaries. Second Nature is a recognized thought leader and critical partner in sustainability in higher education.

Thank You, Board of Directors

We cannot thank our Board of Directors enough for all the work they do to keep Second Nature moving in the right direction. Currently, we have 10 incredible board members we are proud to have as a part of our organization.

Thank You, Corporate Partners

Second Nature partners with leading businesses that share our goal of addressing global climate disruption. Our corporate partners support the development of a strong green economy and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability to millions of students and alumni in the Second Nature network.

Thank you Thank you

As we come together in innovative ways, we creatively form solutions that work for today and that set us on an adaptive path to a brighter tomorrow. We hope you are inspired to join us on this journey. Thank you for your ongoing and future support of Second Nature.

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