College Planning & Management

APR 2013

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The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), a partnership between ACUPCC Signatory University of Wisconsin and other state agencies to assess and anticipate climate change impacts on specific Wisconsin natural resources, is evaluating the potential effects on industry, agriculture, tourism, and recommending adaptation strategies. Second Nature is convening resources and support for higher education to lead on climate preparedness efforts. The Higher Education Climate Adaptation Committee's 2011 white paper, "Higher Education's Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate" (, evaluates how colleges and universities can prepare society through their education, research, operations, and community engagement activities. A webinar series on the key fi ndings and implications of the NCA, with participation from lead authors, is underway during 2013, with several recordings available and more events planned through the summer and fall. Call to Action While the development and implementation of climate mitigation strategies remains vital, many serious impacts of climate change are now unavoidable. Addressing the risks from climate change can provide the opportunity to change institutional behavior, preparing them to be safe and secure in the face of change, even more actively engaged in solving real-world problems, and reorganized to better provide the education and research necessary in a changing climate. Second Nature is encouraging the creation of a national community of climate preparedness, grounded firmly in higher education's recognition of the reality of climate change, and our commitment to lead the way to resilient and sustainable societies. Given insufficient support from the federal government in this regard, colleges and universities need to be centers of leadership on adaptation, not only in terms of conducting research but also in explain- ing its significance and identifying the steps necessary to deal with it effectively. CPM David Hales is the president of Second Nature (, a nonprofit working to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education, and a member of the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee. Sarah Brylinsky is the director of Climate Resilience & Educational Programs at Second Nature. David and Sarah can be reached at 617/722-0036 or Delivering Solutions to Facility Supplies xpedx, a business of International Paper © 2013 APRIL 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 49

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