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HT Named Finalist in Climate Leadership Competition

BOSTON, MA (7.27.15) — Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future by working with leadership networks in higher education, announced Huston-Tillotson University among the finalists for its sixth annual Climate Leadership Awards. The awards are a national competition among higher education institutions that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a signature program of Second Nature. Twelve four-year institutions, including HT, and seven two-year institutions were named finalists.

This year Second Nature is partnering on the awards with the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools. Two award winners (one two-year and one four-year institution) will be recognized as part of the 2015 Greenbuild Leadership Awards Program on November 19 in Washington, DC. Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference and expo.

“We are impressed every year with the outstanding applications we receive for the Climate Leadership Awards,” said Second Nature’s Education and Partnerships Director, Michele Madia. “The ACUPCC signatories are a committed group of climate leaders, and through Second Nature’s partnership with the Center for Green Schools, their achievements will be broadcast to an even greater audience.”

Second Nature received nearly 50 applications from across the country, with only two spots open for winners. Of those applications, the following colleges and universities were selected as the 2015 finalists:

Two-Year Institutions
Alamo Colleges, TX
Cedar Valley College, TX
Central New Mexico Community College, NM
College of Lake County, IL
Sullivan County Community College, NY
SUNY Jefferson Community College, NY
Western Technical College, WI

Four-Year Institutions
Agnes Scott College, GA
Appalachian State University, NC
California State University, Northridge, CA
Furman University, SC
Huston-Tillotson University, TX
Loyola University Chicago, IL
Southern Oregon University, OR
The George Washington University, DC
University at Buffalo (SUNY), NY
University of California, Merced, CA
University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

More information about the Climate Leadership Awards is available on the Second Nature website.


About Second Nature
Second Nature works to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future through initiating bold commitments, scaling successful actions, and accelerating innovative solutions among leadership networks in higher education. The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is a signature program of Second Nature. The ACUPCC is a partnership among approximately 700 colleges and universities in every state and the District of Columbia who have committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare students through research and education to solve the challenges of the 21st century. Learn more and

About The Center for Green Schools
The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. For more information, visit or find us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Huston-Tillotson University
As a historically black institution, Huston-Tillotson University nurtures a legacy of leadership and excellence in education, connecting knowledge, power, passion, and values. The University offers associate and master’s degrees in addition to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 20 areas of study.