Climate Leadership Awards

The annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. They do so based on demonstrated advances in innovation, embedded opportunities, and student preparedness with relation to sustainability and climate action.


New in 2015!

Second Nature is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools for the 6th annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards. Award winners will be recognized as part of the 2015 Greenbuild Leadership Awards Program on November 19 in Washington, DC, benefiting from global publicity opportunities.

Award finalists will be notified in late summer 2015, with final two award winners notified in early September. Finalists that are not selected for the award will be invited to participate in a video competition hosted by Second Nature. No video submissions are due at the time of the initial application, and you will receive additional information in September.


Call for Nominations and Selection Criteria

Current American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) signatory institutions may be nominated, and must be in good standing (all reports currently due for institution submitted to ACUPCC Reporting System). To check the status of your institution, please visit rs.acupcc.org. Reports highlighted in red denote "not in good standing." 

Applications will be evaluated based on demonstrated climate leadership as evidenced by programs, administration, campus community engagement, and overall achievements of the campus. Applications are due May 8, 2015. To apply, fill out our application form.