Participants are strongly encouraged to read and/or watch some of the following materials to help frame the climate issue prior to attending the Summit.

Each participating institution is also expected to come to the Summit with a basic understanding of how to conduct a carbon audit and how far along their school is in that process.

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If You Read Nothing Else

Review the fundamentals of climate change through the EPA's Basic Information and ACE's What's the Deal?

The Climate Program Office in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration produced Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science, a broad and current effort to define climate literacy.  Download the guide and review the other presentations and documents on the website. (This is especially beneficial for teachers.)

The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy have created a series of tools to improve Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education

Resources from Speakers and Related Organizations

I Am Pro Snow is an organization of people joining together to spread the word about climate change's effect on winter.

World Climate is an exercise in which students take part in a highly simplified international climate change negotiations meeting (in other words, COP21). Each participant plays the role of a delegate representing a specific nation, region of the world, or, in some cases, an interest group. Everyone must then work together, in their respective roles, to reach a global agreement that successfully addresses climate change (e.g., to limit warming to 2˚ C above pre-industrial times by 2100).

The book Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth by Curt Stager helps us look beyond 2100 A.D. to the next hundred millennia of life on Earth. For more info on Dr. Stager visit his website or access his blog here.


Bill Nye and National Geographic have created a series of short videos explaining:

Climate Connections houses the animated cartoon series, Global Warming: It’s All About Carbon. These video clips explore how humans are influencing climate change and how climate change will influence our lives.

PBS Frontline explores the massive shift in public opinion on climate change

The National Research Council has a video that explains how scientists have arrived at the current state of knowledge about recent climate change and its causes. This content mirrors the full-length Climate Change: Lines of Evidence video, here broken down into seven distinct chapters for easier viewing.


The National Academies new publication: Ecological Impacts of Climate Change is a colorful booklet that can be downloaded for free along with a powerpoint presentation on the topic. The booklet illustrates examples of ecological changes happening across the United States, explains key scientific concepts, and explores the roles and responsibilities of human beings.

The Adirondack Climate Impact Report by Wildlife Conservation Society expert Jerry Jenkins looks at how climate disurption is impacting our area.

The Union of Concerned Scientists provide an excellent overview of climate change, including video, the science behind the projections and great resources.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change provide a more in-depth analysis of climate change with primary source information and a global perspective.

Susanne C. Moser and Lisa Dilling’s book, Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change


This is a link to the world environmental website and lists the top 100 sites on climate change.  A great place to start. is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis – the solutions that science and justice demand. was founded by US author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public, and a team of university friends. 

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated.

The Cool School Challenge is a climate education program designed to engage students and teachers in practical strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The EPA Climate Change website has four main sections on climate change issues and another section on ”What You Can Do” to reduce your contributions to climate change.

The Department of Energy has a website dedicated to its work on climate change.

NASA’s website provides remote-sensing data from satellites. This data illustrates our planet’s current health and helps us understand the implications and effects of climate change.

NOAA provides teaching resources, professional development, and multimedia related to climate change and the Earth’s climate systems.

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center

Dispatches from the Youth Climate Movement

Global Connection Websites

The Center for Unconventional Security Affairs explores the security implications of climate change as well as the potential for social entrepreneurship to support peacebuilding and adaptation activities.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The Youth Division of Social Policy and Development of the United Nations.

The Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) is a network of young people in 18 Indian states who are concerned about climate change & environment issues.

Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges

China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN) was established in August of 2007 by 7 separate environmental youth organizations bringing together their resources to combat climate change. It is the first organization in China that promotes youth participation in climate change mitigation.

The United Nations Environment Programme has launched a youth network on climate change that you should be a part of!

Campus Sustainability


The Campus Green Builder (CGB) online portal to green building information for academic institutions provides a one-stop online resource on campus green building that is free and accessible to all higher education institutions.

Second Nature’s mission is to accelerate movement toward a sustainable future by serving and supporting senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education.

The Sustainable Campus is dedicated to promoting sustainable campuses throughout the world.  We have links to the many resources available to help your campus transition to a more sustainable future.

The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. If your college or university hasn’t signed up to this climate commitment, find out more and encourage them to do so.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Their mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation.


An integrated approach to achieving campus sustainability: assessment of the current campus environmental management practices by Habib M. Alshuwaikhat and Ismaila Abubakar

Resources for Climate Action Plans

At the Earth Day Network Footprint Calculator, you can calculate your personal carbon footprint and learn how many planets’ worth of resources would be required for everyone to live the way you do.

Clean Air-Cool Planet has a downloadable carbon calculator to help with your school's Carbon Audit. Access the calculator here