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Climate action letter for colleges and universities

We recognize that a lot is happening this week (of Earth Day), but we want to draw your attention to an opportunity for your institution to participate in the higher education climate letter that we initiated last fall with a group of 30 campuses.
One of the goals of the effort was to align higher education’s voice with that of the business community for scaled climate action. We have publicly launched that joint effort today with partners under the banner of Low Carbon USA. Over 230 presidents and chancellors, combined with over 1000 businesses, can really move the needle on whether current administration decides to remain in the Paris Agreement and will ensure national climate action will continue to accelerate despite the lack of federal government involvement. It is this type of collective, multi-sectoral support that will be essential for global climate progress.
We are keeping the statement open indefinitely and welcome more campus participants. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
Thank you, as always, for your great work and support during this critical time in our country’s history,
Tim
Timothy Carter

President

Second Nature

 

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National Wildlife Federation’s EcoLeaders.

EcoCareer Conference 2017: Building Pathways to Sustainable Careers

Wednesday, February 22nd – Conference Day from 10 – 5:30 PM ET

Thursday, February 23rd – Workshop Day from 12 – 3 PM ET

http://online.nwf.org/site/Calendar?id=108403&view=Detail

 

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As we all process and come to terms with the results of the election, the work continues and we keep on keeping on.

National Community College Sustainability Webinar

Community Colleges and the National Council for Science and the Environment

November 15th, 1:30 PM Central Time

This webinar will feature connections between the NCSE and community colleges through the NCSE’s Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education (CCASE).  Our presenters will be:

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of the NCSE.

Wyman will discuss the growing role for community colleges at NCSE as well as the upcoming NCSE conference focusing on Environmental Health.

James Miller (Coordinator, Project Admin & Research); Kirk Sawyer (Professor, EMERGE) from Seminole State College of Florida.

The EMERGE program provides foundational, project-based learning opportunities to first- and second-year college students via a multifaceted certificate curriculum in sustainability and renewable energy that’s designed both to complement technical education degrees and to enrich liberal arts studies.  Focuses include hands-on laboratories that create certification pathways for future technicians as well as co-curricular projects that enhance engagement among non-technical students and make for a better informed, globally conscious citizenry.  Seminole State is a CCASE member and will also discuss their relationship with NCSE.

We may also have some time to discuss the impact of the election on our work.

When it’s time, join the meeting from here:
Join the meeting
 
When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 1:30 pm (1 hr), Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00).
Access Information
 
Meeting Number:
991 827 124
 
Password:
(This meeting does not require a password.)
 
Audio Connection
 
913-469-2799 (JCCC Webex)

Access Code:
991 827 124

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Deep breaths. Now let’s plan the fight ahead:

It’s hard to know what to say in a moment like this. Many of us are reeling from the news and shaken to the core about what a Trump Presidency will mean for the country, and the difficult work ahead for our movements.

Trump’s misogyny, racism, and climate denial pose a greater threat than we’ve ever faced, and the battleground on which we’ll fight for justice of all kinds will be that much rougher.

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America, and the world we touch, has crossed overnight from an era of economic and political stability into a highly uncertain future. It is clear that much of the policy direction in support of sustainability that Washington has provided the past eight years will be reversed.  This means that for the next few years, our proactive work will now be happening within state and local government, corporations, start-ups, NGO’s, educational institutions, and faith organizations— as it did from 2000-2008.

Our work will not go away. In just the last three years, the planet has heated up almost a quarter of a degree. Meeting the needs of billions of more people all aspiring to a better quality of life demands that we still rewire the world with clean energy, still reinvent the global food system, still rebuild smart and inclusive cities, and fundamentally, put sustainability and sufficiency at the heart of what we are doing on the planet. This is a moment that calls on all of us to redouble our efforts to lead the change.

Please join us next Wednesday, 11/16  at noon eastern for an on-line conversation with Bill McKibben: 

 The Post Election Climate for Climate Action

Bill Mckibben, 350.org

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Webinar: bluejeans.com/163092697

Wishing you all the chance to get outside today, take a walk, and take in the world.

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Check out this blog review of People Towels and how they can replace paper towels.  Pretty cool idea.

paper towel alternative

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This is all about being sustainable and the importance of trees, and listening to the “Lorax” inside of all of us.

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