Educational Institutions

Second Nature, Inc.

Commitment. Action. Innovation

aka Second Nature

Boston, MA

Mission

Mission Second Nature is committed to accelerating climate action in, and through, higher education. We do this by mobilizing a diverse array of higher education institutions to act on bold climate commitments, to scale campus climate initiatives, and to create innovative climate solutions. We align, amplify, and bridge the sector’s efforts with other global leaders to advance urgent climate priorities.

Ruling Year

1993

President

Dr. Timothy Carter

Main Address

18 Tremont Street, Suite 608

Boston, MA 02108 USA

Keywords

Higher education, sustainability, educational resources, environment, colleges, universities, EFS, learning, sustainable, design, training

EIN

04-3195772

 Number

3679495358

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Management & Technical Assistance (C02)

Management & Technical Assistance (U02)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

We envision humanity thriving through healthy, just, and sustainable living within a dynamically changing earth system. We see higher education playing a prominent leadership role in shaping research, learning, and communities that inspire and operationalize this positive future. Second Nature serves as a critical driver for leaders in higher education that commit to this responsibility.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Climate Leadership Commitments

Carbon & Climate Education

Climate Resilience & the University Climate Change Coalition

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of program/model/intervention innovations

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

The Climate Leadership Commitments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This metric refers to the number of active grants, partnerships, and programs that generated $25K or more in direct revenues from a specific partner in a given fiscal year.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of registrations for our Annual Summit and our Online Webinars.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Second Nature is committed to accelerating climate action in, and through, higher education. We do this by mobilizing a diverse array of higher education institutions to act on bold climate commitments, to scale campus climate initiatives, and to create innovative climate solutions. We align, amplify, and bridge the sector’s efforts with other global leaders to advance urgent climate priorities.

Since its founding in 1993, Second Nature has played a critical role in mobilizing higher education to move the needle towards the goal of a sustainable society. We created and oversee the largest voluntary carbon neutrality commitment in any sector in the United States. Millions of students have passed through these schools and this history has placed Second Nature in a key leadership position working with higher education to advance sustainability. As a network of institutions of higher education and as a trusted advisor to senior leaders in higher education, Second Nature seeks to: 1. Strengthen Second Nature’s leadership network through enhancing, leveraging, and maturing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. 2. Diversify and integrate Second Nature’s core commitments with robust supporting activities. 3. Catalyze collaborative partnerships across institutions and sectors. 4. Lead the creation of a cross-sector sustainability data and information exchange.

Our strategic plan is designed to get us closer to our vision of seeing higher education as a key catalyst for positive global change. This future is one that we shared with many in other sectors of society. We know that the collective action needed for significant social change takes leadership of the leaders in higher education and with help from partners, we think this change can be significantly realized in this critical moment in history. Some of our custom-designed programs: * Carbon Neutral Campuses & University Network Climate Performance Analysis * Renewable Energy & Financing of Climate Programming * Climate Resilience * Collaboration among Research Universities * Advocacy at the Global Level * National and State-level Policy Initiatives * Annual Higher Ed Climate Leadership Summit

With over a decade of climate action, the hundreds of active signatory campuses of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments continue to lead the higher education sector in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and striving to meet the necessary goals laid out by climate scientists to avert the worst impacts of climate change. By collecting and publicly reporting on their progress, Second Nature plays a key role in learning on carbon reduction efforts from fuel switching and energy efficiency to renewable energy and carbon offset purchasing. This leadership, which began more than a decade ago, is ever more relevant today as we continue to demonstrate what’s necessary and possible. The Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments are designed to scale climate action beyond institutional boundaries and to facilitate collaboration with other sectors. Signatories are expanding beyond the footprint of their campuses, and are connecting with their local communities to collaborate on resilience planning. Through resilience building workshops, solutions-oriented partnerships, pilot models for carbon pricing and capacity assessment matrixes, higher education institutions are preparing with communities for the impacts of climate change.

Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network engages with national and state policy issues and contributes to climate action conversations on the global stage. Leveraging the resources and reach of the higher education sector mobilizes action at the state, national, and international level, through partnerships and events. In order to further support climate action goals, our non-partisan Network is poised to support on-campus research and infrastructure improvements as well as broader policy and legislation on topics such as grid modernization, energy efficiency, clean transportation, and renewable energy. Drawing together the Network on key issues magnifies our impact for the future.

External Reviews

Awards

Leadership Award - NGO Sector 2009

U.S. Green Building Council

40 Media Winner 2010

Creativity International Award

Environmental Merit Award 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Innovative Partnerships / Climate Leadership Award 2015

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Financials

Second Nature, Inc.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity