2014 Climate Leadership Summit Program

Detailed Program Announced

Summit Program Announced

The complete 2014 Presidential Summit on Climte Leadership Program is now available online.  Please click on the image to download.

 *Please note, speakers, rooms, and schedules are still subject to change.  Be sure to consult your Summit program onsite.

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Designed to give you a deeper understanding of the many topics of conversation programmed for the Summit. 

This document has several summaries, additional readings, and links with extended information.

Schedule at a Glance and Program Highlights 

If you, or your organization, are interested in hosting a gathering of colleagues or special interest groups (such as regional collaboratives) during the Summit, please contact The Second Nature Event Team directly.

Tuesday, September 30

12:00-1:30pm Volunteer Training
2:00-4:30pm Check-In Open
4:00-6:00pm Welcome Reception hosted by Emerson College

Wednesday, October 1

7:00am-4:30pm Check-In Open
8:00am-3:00pm Sustainability Showcase Load-In
8:00-9:00am Leadership & Capacity-Building Workshop for Minority Serving Institutions, supported by the Kresge Foundation - Welcome Breakfast
9:00am-12:00pm Leadership & Capacity-Building Workshop
for Minority Serving Institutions, supported by the Kresge Foundation
8:30am-12:00pm Three Campus Tour
8:30am-12:00pm UMass, Boston Tour
9:00am-12:00pm World Energy Game Simulation, Presented by UMass, Lowell
9:00-10:00am Second Nature Recruitment and Engagement Committee Meeting
10:00-11:00am Second Nature Executive Committee Meeting
10:00-11:00am Media Newsroom and Summit Orientation (members of the Press only)
11:00-12:00pm Second Nature Steering Committee Meeting
12:00-1:00pm Lunch on Own
1:00-2:00pm Welcome Address and Keynote
2:00-2:30pm Track 1: New Science and Solutions for a Changing Climate, Session 1
2:30-3:00pm Coffee Break
3:00-4:30pm Track 1: New Science and Solutions for a Changing Climate, Session 2
4:30-5:00pm Break for Hotel Check-In, Move to Theatre 1
5:00-6:00pm MomentUs Plenary Presentation
6:00-8:00pm Sustainability Showcase and MomentUs Reception
7:00pm Dinner on Own
8:00-9:00pm Load Out Sustainability Showcase

Thursday, October 2

7:30am-4:00pm Check-In Open
7:45-9:30am Continental Breakfast
7:45-9:00am Invitation Only Breakfast, hosted by Cenergistic
8:00-9:00am ACUPCC Town Hall: Meet Second Nature’s new President Tim Carter and Janna Cohen-Rosenthal, Director of ACUPCC Initiatives.
9:00-10:20am Track 2: Higher Education's Climate Leadership Imperative, Session 1
10:20-10:40am Coffee Break, Break into Participatory Sessions
10:40-11:45am Track 2: Higher Education's Climate Leadership Imperative, Session 2, Participatory Seminars
11:45-12:15pm Break, Move to Carver Ballroom
12:15-2:00pm Keynote and Climate Leadership Awards Luncheon
2:00-2:30pm Break
2:30-3:15pm Track 3: Creating a Campus Culture of Sustainability, Session 1 Plenary
3:15-3:45pm Coffee Break, Move into Team Breakout Sessions
3:45-5:15pm Track 3: Creating a Campus Culture of Sustainability, Session 2 Team Discussions and Participatory Sessions
6pm Dinner on Own
8pm Informal Implementation Liaison Meet and Greet, The Revere Rooftop Bar and Lounge (availability subject to weather)

Friday, October 3

7:00-8:45am Continental Breakfast
7:00am-12:00pm Customer Service
7:15-8:15am Unfacilitated Breakfast Breakouts: Presidents, IL's/Sust. Officers, Staff and Faculty
8:15-8:30am Break, Move into Sessions
8:30-10:30am Track 4: Investment Strategies and Institutional Values: How, Why and at What Risk?
8:30-10:00am Track 5: Corporate Partnerships for Climate Leadership
10:00-11:00am Alliance for Resilient Campuses (ARC) Engagement Session,Listening Session on National Climate Education Opportunities
11:00-11:15am Break, Move into Closing Session
11:15am-12:00pm Presidential Reflections and Summit Conclusion: A Central Question About Scaling Up
12:00-3:00pm World Climate Game Simulation, presented by UMass, Lowell
12:15-1:45pm Invitation Only Luncheon, Hosted by Xerox
1:00-3:00pm Emerson College Hosts: An Inconvenient Truth


Summit Track Descriptions

The 2014 Climate Leadership Summit is designed by Presidents for Presidents and Sustainability Staff in higher education. Focus on climate mitigation, resiliency, and regional and national collaborations will be discussed within the framework of: New Science and Solutions for a Changing Climate, Higher Education's Climate Leadership Imperative, Creating a Culture of Sustainability, Investment Strategies and Institutional Values: How, Why, and at What Risk? and Corporate Partnerships for Climate Leadership

Below is a brief overview of offerings at the 2014 Climate Leadership Summit.  Presenter details will be added shortly. Check back often.

Track Chairs are members of the ACUPCC Steering Committee and Sub-Committee on Summit Planning who create the vision for the five tracks of the Summit.  They convene experts within their network and collectively identify topics for discussion.

New Science and Solutions for a Changing Climate

Track Chair: Kathy Jacobs, Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona

The objective of this track is to provide a comprehensive update regarding the implications of new science, new inclusive sustained climate assessment processes from the National Climate Assessment, and to look at mitigation, adaptation, and resilience as areas of knowledge development and action. Climate change science is complicated, emergent, and it requires sophisticated interdisciplinary knowledge and information exchange. What are the latest findings, how do we bridge the science-practitioner divide in generating and using scientific knowledge, how can climate resilience help integrate knowledge and what do our campuses need to know? How can presidents be the conveners of this dynamic field?

Topics will include the relationship between mitigation and resilience, the impact on and partnership of campuses and communities, the prospects for civic and regional cooperation, and the science of climate change communication.

Higher Education's Climate Leadership Imperative

Track Chair: Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University

College and university presidents can significantly influence public awareness of climate preparedness, sustainability, and the educational, economic, and political issues that emerge. This track will focus on how to maximize that influence and leverage in the national landscape.

Topics will include the role of the university in supporting climate science, conducting interdisciplinary research, the role of the public intellectual, building community and regional partnerships, and convening platforms for deliberating policy solutions, ethical dilemmas, and institutional obligations.

Creating a Campus Culture of Sustainability

Track Chair: Paul Ferguson, President, Ball State University

Promoting sustainability initiatives has the potential to transform the college and university campus—from curriculum to infrastructure—and can positively enhance many aspects of campus life. But what are the best ways to bring the campus together? How can presidents and their teams most effectively mobilize their stakeholders, especially given the complicated challenges facing higher education?

Topics will include discussions of curricular and co-curricular challenges, building a campus sustainability team, educating students, workforce preparation, working in a state wide educational system, rating systems and assessment, working with boards and other constituencies, and the organizational challenges of climate action planning.

Investment Strategies and Institutional Values: How, Why and at What Risk?

Track Chair: Jonathan Lash, President, Hampshire College

Many campuses are supporting campus-wide discussions on the relationship between campus investments (including endowments, procurement, and capital projects) and institutional values. To what extent do these investments promote sustainability, climate action planning, and other institutional values? These are complicated discussions that involve multiple stakeholders, community members, students and faculty, and the ramifications of these discussions are gaining national coverage. What role does the president, the CBO, and the board chair play in organizing these discussions and then coordinating campus-wide approaches?

Topics include how to shift investment strategies to align with financial, environmental, and social goals, how to initiate campus-wide dialogues, the educational opportunities of these discussions, and the philanthropic implications of these decisions.

Corporate Partnerships for Climate Leadership

Many corporations are making excellent strides in sustainability infrastructure, research, and operations. What are the ways that they can create supportive partnerships with colleges and universities to promote climate leadership?

This track will emphasize how specific corporations are addressing climate leadership. How has such an approach changed business operations, strategic planning, and corporate philosophy? What are the ramifications for partnerships with colleges and universities? What does climate leadership mean in a business environment?


Other Program Highlights

Sustainability Showcase

The Sustainability Showcase is a public portfolio of interesting and notable sustainability initiatives and ideas, including efforts from colleges and universities, corporations, publishers, and other organizations. We aim to bring together diverse and innovative exhibits that engage the conference participants, and present an exciting picture of emerging knowledge and of leading change.

Presidential Reflections

Three college and university presidents from the leadership of the ACUPCC Steering Committee will offer their reflections on the summit, synthesizing the proceedings and then challenging participants to take the most salient next steps. This will be followed by a discussion involving all the participants. 

ACUPCC Town Hall

Meet Second Nature’s new President and Janna Cohen-Rosenthal, Director of the ACUPCC, to participate in discussions to identify opportunities, and explore implementation of the ACUPCC, including reporting challenges, leadership transitions, Climate Action Planning, greenhouse gas inventory completion and tracking ongoing progress of mitigation and education programs.