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January 9, 2014

Presented by: Second Nature in partnership with the American Meteorological Society

This webinar, a partnership of Second Nature and the American Meteorological Society (AMS), aims to promote the importance of basic climate science education at all colleges and universities. Join us for an overview of the opportunities offered by both the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project and the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) nationwide.

August 28, 2013

Presented by: ACUPCC in partnership with The SEED Center and St. Clair County Community College

This webinar is intended for community colleges interested in enhanced campus sustainability efforts and providing hands-on learning opportunities to the campus community, through integration of the “living lab” concept.. It will also highlight the benefits of joining the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) as well as The Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

May 21, 2013

Presented by: ACCO in partnership with Second Nature, CERES, The Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, and EPA Green Power Partnership


University endowment funds account for more than $400 billion in combined assets, while pension funds account for trillions of dollars in investments. With education costs skyrocketing, developing strategies for achieving financially practical outcomes while addressing climate related risks is imperative.

May 14, 2013

Presented by: Honeywell

The impacts of climate change on campus operations can no longer be ignored – campuses must ensure their energy and operational systems can survive and thrive in a changing climate. Micro Grid experts agree that power outages from extreme events can be mitigated if the nation’s electrical infrastructure is made “smart.” This webinar will discuss Energy Reliability and how solutions such as a Micro Grid will lessen the impact of future blackouts.

March 14, 2013

Presented by: Second Nature and the Security & Sustainability Forum
February 2013 - September 2013


Second Nature and the Security & Sustainability Forum are convening a free webinar series on the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA). This webinar series will address findings, recommendations, and implications of the NCA, with an emphasis on multi-sector responsibility and collaboration potential.

February 5, 2013

Presented by: The American Meteorological Society (AMS)

Join us for a webinar overview of the opportunities offered by the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project to minority-serving institutions (MSIs) nationwide.

Panelists: Second Nature and the American Meteorological Society

January 31, 2013

In partnership with The Climate Registry

Greenhouse gas reporting verification ensures information is accurate and complete, but does it add an undue burden to campus staff completing GHG reports?

Panelists: Jackie Zorovich, Director of Verification Services, The Climate Registry, Matthew St. Clair, Sustainability Manager, University of California Office of the President, Kira Stoll, Sustainability Manager, UC Berkeley, and Sarah Brylinsky, Program Associate, Second Nature (Moderator)

December 13, 2012

Presented by: Second Nature and the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership

Third-party financing enables institutions to host a solar system without up front capital costs. This webcast reviews third-party financing models, discuss best practices and common questions, and a case study.

Panelists: Blaine Collison, Director, U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership (Moderator), Ben Foster, SVP, Optony Inc., and Chris O’Brien, Director of Sustainability, American University

November 29, 2012

Presented by: Second Nature and the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership

Second Nature and the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership are collaborating to identify barriers to expanding renewable energy use among colleges and universities, identify solutions, provide education on green power procurement strategies and explore joint purchasing opportunities.

Panelists: David Hales, President, Second Nature, Blaine Collison, Program Director, Green Power Partnership, US EPA, Sarah Brylinsky, Program Associate, Second Nature, Jenn Andrews, Director of Program Planning and Coordination, Clean Air-Cool Planet, Anthony Amato, Senior Analyst, Energy and Climate Change, ERG

September 25, 2012

Presented by: Honeywell

Campus pilot participants and Honeywell will review the ACT! Earth™ model partnership and the program, and illustrate sample dashboards, review lessons learned, and recommendations for the third party campus sustainability coordinator role moving forward.

Panelists: J. Thomas Becker, Associate Vice President for Operations, Philadelphia University, Rick Waligora, Director of Physical Plant, Philadelphia University, Mamta Borkar, Philadelphia University (MS in Sustainable Design Graduate and project intern), and Mike Kempa, Honeywell Building Solutions

September 5, 2012

In partnership with Clean-Air Cool Planet, and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol
This webinar will discuss the potential for colleges and universities to expand their scope 3 emissions reporting beyond the ACUPCC requirements for commuting, air travel, and solid waste.
Panelists: Benedict Buckley, Research Analyst, GHG Protocol Initiative Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute, Jenn Andrews, Director of Program Planning and Coordination, Clean-Air Cool-Planet, Jono Miller, Campus Steward, Assistant to the Vice President for Finance & Administration, and Sarah Brylinsky, Program Associate, Second Nature (Moderator)

July 26, 2012

In partnership with U.S. Green Building Council
Panelists: Jaime Van Mourik, Director, Higher Education, Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); Peter Strazdas, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management, Western Michigan University; Michelle Perez, UCSD Building Commissioning and Sustainability, University of California, San Diego; Sarah Brylinsky, Program Associate, Second Nature and the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (Moderator)

January 31, 2012

Presented by Organica Water
Panelists: David Hales, Chair, Second Nature Board of Directors (Moderator); Jonathan Lanciani, President and CEO, Organica Sustainable Water; Tim Baldwin, PE, Senior Vice President, McKim and Creed; Neil Rosen, Vice-Chairman Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group, USGBC National; William Hare, Director, DC Water Resources Research Institute, UDC; Dr. Iveracottis Short, Chair of the CAUSES Action Summit, Project Specialist, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, University of District of Columbia.

November 17, 2011

Second Nature previews the ACUPCC Progress Report form, shares the process and rationale in creating the Progress Report form and walks through the content and data fields to ensure signatories are prepared to report their progress on their Climate Action Plan.

October 17, 2011

Presented by Johnson Controls
Panelists: Joe Jacobsen, Director of the Center for Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing & Associate Dean of Environmental Studies, Milwaukee Area Technical College; Jeff Kwiatkowski, Global Enterprise Solution Architect, Johnson Controls.

June 13, 2011

Presented by Sodexo
Panelists: Kristi Theisen, Senior Manager of Sustainability & Wellness at Sodexo; Margaret Henry, Director of Performance at Sodexo; Evelyn Joe, Manager of Product Quality Assurance at Sodexo; Dave McNaughton, Business Development at Kegel’s Produce; Mitchell Payne, Associate VP for Business Affairs at University of Louisville.

May 12, 2011

Panelists: Matthew Inman, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); Mark McCaffrey, Associate Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at University of Colorado Boulder; Meriel Brooks, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Environmental Liberal Arts Program at Green Mountain College.

March 3, 2011

Panelists: Anja Kollmuss, Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute; Derik Broekhoff, Vice President for Policy, Climate Action Reserve; David Antonioli, CEO, Voluntary Carbon Standard; Jennifer Andrews, Director of Program Planning and Coordination, Clean Air-Cool Planet.

December 8, 2010

Presenters: Representatives from the Clinton Climate Initiative, Siemens Financial Services, Siemens Industry Inc., Building Technologies Division, and Anna Maria College.

September 29, 2010

Panelists: Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, Eastern Research Group, Grand Valley State University, and Cabrillo College.

August 4, 2010

Panelists: Dr. Anthony Cortese, President of Second Nature; Dr. Glenn Cummings, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the US Department of Education; Dr. Kathleen Schatzberg, President of Cape Cod Community College; James L. Buizer, Executive Director for Strategic Institutional Advancement & Science Policy Advisor to the President, Arizona State University.

July 20, 2010

Panelists: Blaine Collison, Director, US EPA Green Power Partnership; Dano Weisbord, Environmental Sustainability Director, Smith College; Daniel K. Garofalo, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania; Michael Gillenwater, Executive Director, Dean of the Institute, and Co-Founder, GHG Management Institute.

June 28, 2010

Panelists: Arah Schuur, Director, CCI Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program; Dr. Betty J. Roberts, Vice President, Administration and Finance, University of Central Missouri; Manuel Abarca, Student Sustainability Coordinator, University of Central Missouri; Nicholas McDaniels, Student Sustainability Coordinator, University of Central Missouri; Toni Nelson, ACUPCC Program Director, Second Nature.

June 17, 2010

Panelists: Jillian Buckholz, STARS Program Coordinator, AASHE; Preston Jacobsen, Sustainability Technician, Haywood Community College; Toni Nelson, ACUPCC Program Director, Second Nature; Noelle Studer-Spevak, Sustainability Coordinator, Portland State University.

June 7, 2010

Presented by Sodexo
Panelists: Arlin Wasserman, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, Sodexo; John D. Haeger, President, Northern Arizona University.

May 20, 2010

Presenters: Denise Sheehan, The Climate Registry; Tom Baumann, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute; Andy Coghlan, University of California; Craig Coleman, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

March 9, 2010

Introduces signatories to the details and timeline of the commitment, how to access and submit reports using the ACUPCC reporting system, and resources available to support your institution’s climate neutrality efforts. PDF only.

November 17, 2009

Presented by Siemens: Focuses on the various types of alternative and renewable energy and how to select and prioritize based on geography and financial realities.

August 29, 2009

Presented by Siemens: Funding construction, renovation, and repair through the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF), Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), State Energy Program (SEP), and other bonds. (Powerpoint)

July 15, 2009

Hosted and presented by EYP Energy. Teaches sustainability officers cost effective ways to reduce and manage “phantom load” energy demands on your campus.

October 31, 2008

Presented by Johnson Controls: Details solutions to assist ACUPCC signatories in developing an accurate greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory.

October 2, 2008

Presented by Honeywell. This webinar focuses on Clean Air-Cool Planet’s Campus Carbon Calculator, and is particularly relevant to those that are in the beginning stages of planning their GHG inventory. This webinar provides the basics on the most widely used Carbon Calculator tool on University Campuses.

July 9, 2008

Presented by TAC: Topics include establishing a carbon footprint using Clean Air-Cool Planet’s Campus Carbon Calculator; identifying and evaluating mitigation strategies; developing meaningful reports and meeting program deadline requirements; and evaluating funding options for implementing improvements on campus.

April 5, 2007

Presenter: Dr. Anthony Cortese, President, Second Nature.