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Energy Conservation at Alamo Colleges

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By Second Nature

In the February 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer John W. Strybos, Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities at Alamo Colleges, writes an article discussing the impact of signing the ACUPCC on the Alamo Colleges.  Specifically, Mr. Strybos focuses on the benefits of the extensive energy efficiency, reduction and sustainability action that the colleges have undertaken as part of their efforts to achieve climate neutrality.

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Sustainability Initiatives at the Tribal Colleges

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By Second Nature

In the February, 2012 issue of the ACUPCC Implementer Al Kuslikis, STEM Associate, American Indian Higher Education Consortium and Beau Mitchell, Sustainability Coordinator, College of Menominee Nation discuss the deep engagement and various advancements that Tribal Colleges and Universities have made towards sustainability in the higher education sector.

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Minority-Serving Institutions Championing the ACUPCC

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By Second Nature

In the February 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer, Ashka Naik, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Development at Second Nature, discusses efforts to "level the playing field by bridging the resource gap between wealthy and under-resourced institutions."  Second Nature has partnered with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) on the UNCF Building Green at Minority-Serving Institutions Initiative.  In the past two years, Second Nature has provided guidance on UNCF's efforts towards engaging minority serving institutions in the sustainability movement...To view the complete article, please click here.

AMS Climate Course To Reach 100 More Minority-Serving Institutions

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This is a re-blog of a post by The American Meteorological Society. See the original post here.

The AMS Education Program has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement the AMS Climate Studies course at 100 minority-serving institutions (MSIs) over a five-year period. The project will focus on introducing and enhancing geoscience coursework at MSIs nationwide, especially those that are signatories to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and/or members of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation. AMS is partnering with Second Nature, the non-profit organization administering the ACUPCC.

“This national network involves more than 670 colleges and universities who are committed to eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from campus operations by promoting the education and research needed for the rest of society to do the same,” explains Jim Brey, director of the AMS Education Program. “AMS and Second Nature will work together to demonstrate to current and potential MSI signatories how AMS Climate Studies introduces or enhances sustainability-focused curricula.”

In the first four years of the project, AMS will hold a weeklong AMS Climate Studies course implementation workshops for about 25 MSI faculty members. The annual workshops will feature scientists from NOAA, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, University of Maryland, Howard University, George Mason University, and other Washington, DC area institutions. Faculty will initially offer AMS Climate Studies in the year following workshop attendance and colleges that successfully implement AMS Climate Studies will be encouraged to build a focused geoscience curricula area by also offering AMS Weather Studies and AMS Ocean Studies.

“The major outcomes of this project will be a large network of faculty trained as change agents in their institutions, sustained offering of AMS undergraduate courses within MSIs, and the introduction of thousands of MSI students to the geosciences,” comments Brey. He notes that this project builds on the success of similar NSF-supported programs for MSI faculty implementing the AMS Weather Studies and AMS Ocean Studies courses, which together have reached 200 MSIs and over 18,000 MSI students. “We’re looking forward to working with Second Nature to continue to expand the climate course and the education that it represents.”

ACUPCC Institutions Save Money by Reducing Emissions

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By Second Nature

Colleges and universities that sign the ACUPCC become part of a vast network of schools leading society towards climate neutrality by implementing climate action plans that address education, research initiatives, community engagement, and campus operations. On-campus emissions-reducing efforts benefit the environment, the students who gain hands on experience in the field of sustainability, and the institution’s budget.

Click here to learn more about how ACUPCC campuses are saving money.

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