Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Second Nature's Education for Sustainability Innovation Program

The "Education for Sustainability" (EFS) innovation program works with minority-serving institutions to advance the goal of creating a sustainable society. The program was launched by Second Nature in 2011 with the generous support of The Kresge Foundation. This multi-year program promotes innovation and leadership among financially strained and minority-serving colleges and universities.

The EFS innovation program helps to ensure that graduates are prepared to lead the changes needed to overcome the interrelated social, environmental and economic challenges of the 21st century by driving innovative approaches to Education for Sustainability (EfS).

Taking a multi-pronged approach, the program will provide capacity-building opportunities for administrators, faculty, students and staff on climate action and sustainability planning. This program builds on the success of the Advancing Green Building in Higher Education program, which assisted Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and the U.S. Department of Education's Title III and V institutions to "build green" on their campuses.

 The EfS Innovation project uses the concept of an “innovation curve” for sustainability and aims to help advance a critical mass of institutions through this curve, to create a tipping point in the higher education sector so that an EfS perspective is the norm.

Second Nature is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that works to accelerate movement towards a sustainable future by helping senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education. Second Nature is the lead supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which has been signed by more than 675 college and university presidents whoa re committed to eliminating carbon emission on campus and training students to help society address the climate crisis. For more information about Second Nature's programs click here.

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