Second Nature & The Climate Leadership Network

By Charlotte Owen-Burge | June 30, 2021

Second Nature is committed to accelerating climate action in, and through, higher education. This is accomplished 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. Second Nature aims to align, amplify, and bridge the sector’s efforts with other global leaders to advance urgent climate priorities.

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The Climate Leadership Network is a signature program of Second Nature that provides resources, networking, and national engagement opportunities for signatory institutions.

Signatories are colleges and universities in nearly all fifty states who are taking action on climate change and preparing students through research and education. Higher education institutions whose president/chancellor have made a formal commitment with respect to climate leadership on their campus by signing onto at least one of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments, become Climate Leadership Network signatories.

The Climate Leadership Network is the longest standing, carbon neutrality commitment by any sector in the world. Beginning in 2006, more than 900 campuses in the United States have made a commitment to carbon neutrality. The Climate Leadership Network currently has 10 institutions that are carbon neutral.

Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network brings over 325 participating campuses to the Race to Zero campaign. You may view all Climate Leadership Network and Race to Zero participants at the following link

For more information about Second Nature and the Climate Leadership Network, contact Steve Muzzy (, Senior Manager, Climate Programs.