Campus Sustainability Day

2013 Climate Adaptation: Resilient Campuses & Communities 

Wednesday, October 23rd 2:00-3:30pm EST
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2013 Campus Sustainability Day Keynote Broadcast

Join this Keynote Broadcast with Second Nature for a discussion from higher education leaders on the role of campuses in adapting to a changing climate, innovations in climate resilience and mitigation, and advancing community partnerships and opportunities. The broadcast will feature presentations and a discussion from college presidents and other leaders in climate resilience on the leadership imperative for higher education on this topic, and practical issues related to addressing both opportunity and responsibility in a changing climate.


  • David Hales (Moderator) President, Second Nature
  • Jim Buizer, Professor and Director for Climate Adaptation & International Development, University of Arizona (AZ)
  • President Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • President Mariko Silver, Bennington College (VT)



Our Role in Campus Sustainability Day

Anthony Cortese, founder and former president of Second Nature, was instrumental in developing the idea and first celebration of campus sustainability day. Second Nature continues to support the annual day of celebration by hosting the keynote broadcast, and collaborating with dozens of other organizations to share information about events and opportunities each October. Visit the Campus Sustainability Day website to learn more.

Campus Sustainability Day (CSD) is an annual celebration of sustainability in higher education. Every October, colleges and universities are encouraged to create events to recognize the achievements of, and challenges for, the tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff working to instill sustainability principles in higher education institutions and their surrounding communities.



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2013 - Climate Adaptation: Resilient Campuses & Communities

In 2013, Second Nature produced a shared campus sustainability day website for all supporting organizations to promote and share information, events, and celebration related to the annual event. The website, hosts information about the annual keynote broadcast, maintains an informational listserv, and relevant social media information. Second Nature will host a keynote broadcast on the 2013 theme at 2pm EST on October 23rd, 2013 - see past event details.

2012 - Climate Adaptation: Resilient Campuses & Communities 
Watch the 2012 Keynote Broadcast
2012 regional conversations held nationwide

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This 10th anniversary celebration of CSD was the largest to date. Second Nature hosted a live conversation and keynote broadcast "Preparing Students for a Changing Climate" and organized regional conversations on the theme with supporting organizations. The keynote broadcast attracted more than 300 institutions from 17 countries. In addition, 151 institutions posted their events in celebration of Campus Sustainability Day, triple the number from 2011. CSD 2012 also had an active social media presence, with its own Facebook page and Twitter hashtag (#campusday) for the first time. This Storify page captures the photos and stories from CSD 2012.

2011 - Useful Education: Sustainability in Admissions, Retention, and Educational Value 
Visit the 2011 Second Nature CSD homepage
Second Nature hosted the Keynote Webcast
View the Q&A about sustainability and college admissions

CSD 2011 LogoThe webcast entitled “A Useful Education: Sustainability in Admissions, Retention, and Educational Value,” highlighted the role of sustainability in shaping current and prospective student visions for their college experience. The webcast focused on the experiences and insights of several campuses, while the subsequent Q&A portion included an all-day dialogue with questions and video responses from students, admissions officers, college administrators, and faculty and staff from campuses across North America.

Questions about Campus Sustainability Day?

Contact Gabriela Boscio at 617-722-0036 ext. 208 or