Higher Education Leaders to Convene on Climate Solutions

The following is a guest post by Tatiana Brailovskaya (Second Nature).
091014SecondNatureSummitLogo_OrigSecond Nature’s 2014 Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership is gearing up to start in Boston on October 1. The event is expected to bring together over 200 higher education sustainability leaders — including university and college presidents who are signatories to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) — for three days of meetings and seminars designed to build on-the-ground momentum for sustainability initiatives across U.S. campuses and address ACUPCC’s leadership role in developing a strategic response to climate realities in a national context.
The event has been planned by more than 30 college and university presidents and organized to respond to a spectrum of sustainability issues on campuses ranging from community colleges to research universities to state university systems.
The Summit will address ways that presidents can serve as leaders for integrating sustainability and climate resilience into campus operations; building community and regional partnerships; and convening platforms for deliberating policy solutions, ethical dilemmas, and institutional obligations to students and faculty. What are the best ways to bring a campus together? How can presidents and their teams most effectively mobilize their stakeholders, especially given the complicated challenges facing higher education?
Sessions are being organized along five tracks:

  • Knowledge and Solutions for a Changing Climate
  • Higher Education’s Climate Leadership Imperative
  • Creating a Campus Culture of Sustainability
  • Investment Strategies and Institutional Risks
  • Corporate Partnerships for Climate Leadership.

The program includes a plenary address by Bob Perkowitz, who runs and ecoAmerica and MomentUs, a major Summit sponsor.
Mr. Perkowitz will discuss how higher education can leverage its leadership on sustainability to help move communities, other sectors, and American society overall toward meaningful climate change solutions.  He will introduce the new Solution Generation program, a suite of research, resources and examples of how we can all lead by example and engage others in the most important challenge of our era.
The complete Summit schedule, including track and session descriptions, tours, and other special events, is available on Second Nature’s Summit webpageRegistration closes on Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Find out more about the higher education sustainability movement and the Climate Leadership Summit in Sustainability: The Journal of Record.

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