Second Nature invites all under-resourced colleges and universities to take advantage of the following opportunities that are offered within Second Nature's capacity building programs. With a 2-year grant from The Kresge Foundation, Second Nature has recently launched the Sustainability Leadership, Capacity Building and Diversity Initiative, to continue building sustainability capacity and leadership among financially strained and minority-serving higher education institutions (MSIs). Under this Initiative, Second Nature will strengthen and build on the success of its previous Kresge-funded initiatives, Advancing Green Building in Higher Education and Education for Sustainability Innovation.
We've worked with our friends at BuildingGreen to make their comprehensive and authoritative BuildingGreen Suite available to Title III and Title V colleges at a 50% discount off their regular campus rate of $995/year. Even the regular campus rate is a great deal for this online resource--the usual rate for building professionals is much higher.
BuildingGreen Suite includes online access to Environmental Building News, the GreenSpec product guide, hundreds of in-depth case studies, and much more. A campus-wide license to BuildingGreen Suite can serve both facilities staff as they apply green technologies in design and renovation projects and it's a great resource for classroom use and student projects. Please visit this website and bring this key green design resource to your campus.
USGBC offers free access to the Green Building Basics and LEED® online course to Title III & Title V schools and USGBC Higher Education members. School Administrators should send a request with the name of your school, type of institution (Title III or Title V and/or USGBC Higher Education Members) and the expected number of participants to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bioneers is thrilled to be partnering with Second Nature to provide 20-30% discounts to all ACUPCC Signatory and Title III & V educational institutions. Special offerings include:
- 20% off registration for the acclaimed annual Bioneers Conference, happening in San Rafael, California (Oct. 14-16). Discounted tickets are limited -use Coupon Code: GREENSCHOOLS to Register Now.
- 20-30% off Beaming Bioneers Partnership to host a local Bioneers Conference at your own institution. 20% off for ACUPCC Signatories (Coupon Code: ACUPCC) and 30% of for Title III & V Institutions (Coupon Code: TitleIIIorV). Early-bird Special ends July 31st – Register Now.
- 30% off all Bioneers Education for Sustainability Resources, including the Bioneers Books Series, award-winning Radio Series, and more than 150 key note speeches from leading social and scientific innovators. Use Coupon Code: GREENSCHOOLS at Bioneers Online Store.
Bioneers is a nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Since 1990, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. A celebration of the genius of nature and human ingenuity, Bioneers connects people with solutions and each other.
The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.
The college and university presidents and chancellors who are joining and leading the Commitment believe that exerting leadership in addressing climate change will reduce their long-term energy costs, attract excellent students and faculty, attract new sources of funding, and increase the support of alumni and local communities.
Click here to subscribe to The Implementer, a monthly email newsletter providing resources and information regarding campus climate action planning and activities.
The Higher Education Association Sustainability Consortium is an informal network of higher education associations (HEAs) with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and within the system of higher education itself. The current member associations that make up HEASC see the need for developing in-depth capability to address sustainability issues through their associations and have decided to work together in this effort. HEASC hopes to involve all higher education associations to get the broadest perspectives and produce the greatest effectiveness and synergy in our efforts.
Second Nature awarded fellowships to 40 under-resourced university and college executives so they could learn the skills and technical information to become effective champions for green building at their institutions.
In 2010, Second Nature awarded 25 fellowship awards. These fellowships provided free registration, accommodations, and travel expenses (up to $2000/fellow) for fellows to attend one national green building-related conference. Campus planners, facilities directors, or vice presidents of finance and business were eligible for these fellowships through which they take part in learning and networking opportunities, such as the AASHE 2010 and Greenbuild 2010 Conferences.
Many under-resourced colleges and universities rely heavily on their building contractors, including architects and engineers, to provide the technical expertise for green building. Colleges and universities in remote areas or in regions where there are fewer green buildings have often been subjected to higher premiums charged by inexperienced building contractors. Workshops or other activities, such as webinars or visits to selected campuses to meet with building consultants, were designed to introduce these professionals to campus green building. These “101” activities aimed at providing information on the benefits of green building, case studies of higher education green building projects, an introduction to third-party certification, and innovations in the field. Ideally, these activities result in an increased number of campus green buildings and a reduction in the average premiums charged by building consultants in regions where green building is not yet widespread.
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building and Second Nature organized regional learning institutes for networking and information sharing among minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The Kresge Foundation provided the UNCF with a $1.8 million grant in support of this capacity building program, the Building Green at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) Initiative. The American Indian Higher Education Consortium, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund also participated in and promoted this initiative. Second Nature was UNCF’s sustainability advisory partner on this initiative. Please visit the Building Green at MSIs Initiative page for more information.
The Education for Sustainability Innovation Program, followed the success of the Advancing Green Building Initiative's Diveristy Internship Program, continues to provide internships to encourage minority students to pursue sustainability-related careers.
Diversity Interns conduct research, information-gathering, and assist with the implementation of several national programs that support Second Nature's strategic initiatives and signature program--The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).