And the Award Goes to ... Campus Green Builder!

August 30, 2010

By Vanessa Santos, Advancing Green Building Intern, and Ashka Naik, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Second Nature

Campus Green Builder

The Campus Green Builder web portal has recently been awarded with an Outstanding Achievement by the Interactive Media Awards. The web portal also received an Honorable Mention by the Creativity International Awards under its “Public Sector/Non-profit” category.

The Interactive Media Awards (IMA) “recognize the highest standards of excellence in web site design and development and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement,” according to its web site. Entries for the Interactive Media Awards are judged on several criteria, such as the design, content, features, functionality, usability and standard compliance/cross-browser capability.

Campus Green Builder also received an Honorable Mention by the Creativity International Awards. This award recognizes outstanding creativity and design in media and interactive formats, as well as print and packaging formats. Campus Green Builder was one of eight web sites that were chosen for the award among hundreds of applicants.

Read more about the awards received by the Campus Green Builder web portal on the Campus Green Builder blog.

US News & World Report's 10 Eco Friendly College Campuses

June 14, 2010

In addition to their innovative campus green building, renewable energy projects, and sustainable agricultural practices, all 10 colleges named in US News & World Report’s list of Eco Friendly College Campuses have something in common: they’re all signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

10 Eco Friendly College Campuses - US News & World Report
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View these signatory schools’ ACUPCC profiles by visiting the ACUPCC Reporting System:

  1. Warren Wilson College
  2. University of Colorado at Boulder
  3. Ithaca College
  4. The Evergreen State College
  5. University of New Hampshire, Durham
  6. University of California, Santa Barbara
  7. College of the Atlantic
  8. Arizona State University
  9. University of California, Santa Cruz
  10. Middlebury College
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Second Nature Task Force Urges Transportation Policy Overhaul

May 20, 2010

by Don Ryan, Vice President for Policy, Second Nature

Don RyanCollege and university presidents are stepping up to provide leadership on national transportation policy through Second Nature’s 15-member task force, which just released itsrecommendations to Congress and the Obama Administration. At a Congressional Briefing on April 28, three presidents drew on their institutions’ firsthand experience to highlight the task force’s recommendations: Jamillah Moore of Los Angeles City College, George Dennison of the The University of Montana, and Wim Wiewel of Portland State University.

Higher Education Sector is Crucial to Progress

In the past, higher education as a sector has not recognized its stake in national transportation policy. In fact, colleges and universities cannot achieve deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions without major changes in federal policy. At the same time, these institutions are crucial to national progress because they serve as test beds for piloting and evaluating innovative transportation strategies and developing new clean technologies.

These institutions are crucial to national progress. They serve as test beds for piloting and evaluating innovative transportation strategies and developing new clean technologies.

Recommendations to Congress

College Planning & Management - The Green Issue

May 4, 2010

by Georges Dyer, Second Nature

The April issue of the College Planning & Management is once again focused on sustainability this year and provides a wealth of information and examples on green building and sustainable campus planning.

Topics covered include education for sustainability at UC San Diego (“Learning Green” by Rex Graham); repurposed materials for buildings at Johnson State College (“A New Use for Old Wood Bleachers” by Tonya West); and green IT at campuses across the country (“IT Is Easy Being Green” by Rhonda Morin).

Tony Cortese and I also had the opportunity to submit an article titled “The Commitment to Change” on the importance of leadership from senior administrators (in addition to all of the tremendous and necessary leadership from students, faculty, and staff) in really embedding a sustainability perspective into the culture of the institution.

New Report Shows Bold College & University Action on Climate Disruption Provides Model for Governments

March 23, 2010

While the US government and the global community have been slow to address severe climate disruption, colleges and universities are stepping in to boldly slash their carbon emissions, research and develop new technologies, and prepare students to create a safer, clean energy economy.

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Fast Company Publishes Fourth in Series of Second Nature Articles

March 16, 2010

by Rima Mulla, Communications Associate, Second Nature

American College & University Presidents' Climate CommitmentThe theme of the recently released American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment 2009 Annual Report carries through in the latest Second Nature article published by Fast Company:Leadership for a Thriving, Sustainable World.

Here’s an excerpt from thearticle by Second Nature President Anthony Corteseand Senior Fellow Georges Dyer:

Fast Company Publishes Third in Series of Articles by Second Nature

March 5, 2010

by Rima Mulla, Communications Associate, Second Nature

Image courtesy of Fast Company

Second Nature President Anthony Cortese and Senior Fellow Georges Dyerdiscuss “The Campus as Living Laboratory” in their latest web article for Fast Company’s Inspired Ethonomics series. They cite examples of institutions already benefiting from having adopted sustainable practices in their operations, and point to resources developed by Second Nature to move the higher education sector in this direction. Two of the resources highlighted were the Case for Investing in Improved Energy Performance on Campus document, developed in conjunction with the Clinton Climate Initiative, and web portal, produced by our Advancing Green Building in Higher Education team, which helps under-resourced and minority-serving institutions build green.

Fast Company Publishes Series of Articles by Second Nature

February 12, 2010

by Rima Mulla, Communications Associate, Second Nature

Fast Company has published two compelling web articles written by Second Nature President Anthony Cortese and Senior Fellow Georges Dyer:

Higher Education’s Purpose: A Healthy, Just, and Sustainable Society. This excellent introduction to the concept of Education for Sustainability argues that higher education can and must play a transformative role in leading society toward a more sustainable future.

Making a Sustainability Perspective Second Nature in Education. This article cites several examples of higher education institutions tackling sustainability in the curriculum and addressing one of the most important questions of our time:How can we as a global society continue to develop and prosper on such a small planet?

Watch for two more articles from Tony and Georges, all of which are part of aFast Company series entitled Inspired Ethonomics: Actionable Insights for World-Changing People and Businesses.


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