Second Nature Climate Commitment

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale reaffirmed the university’s longstanding commitment to sustainability when Chancellor John M. Dunn signed the Second Nature Climate Commitment on February 20, 2020.

Second Nature is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating action on climate change through higher education. In 2006, Second Nature launched its signature program, the Climate Leadership Network, which was built on rigorous climate action commitments made by higher education’s presidents and chancellors.

The climate commitment requires the university to create an internal task force to guide the development of a plan within two months of signing. A joint university-community task force will be appointed and a campus greenhouse gas inventory will be completed within a year, and a “resilience assessment” evaluating capacity for change will be completed within two years. The climate action plan must be completed within three years, and participating institutions complete annual, public reports on progress.