Southeast Sustainability Directors Network

Conference Recap

laurel presenting

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the second annual SSDN conference in Chattanooga, TN. We enjoyed great conversation, learned from peer presentations, and identified some ways we want to work together in the coming year. Visit the conference website to view a few photos from our time together. 

Get Involved
There a many ways to get more involved in the work of SSDN, including serving on one of our committees. All of the committees below are open for membership. If you would like to be part of one of the teams below, please let the contact know you are interested by Friday, June 28th. 
  • Mayor's Challenge Working Group, interested in how to replicate Nashville's Mayor's Challenge. Email Laurel Creech at for more information. 
  • Case Study Working Group, responsible for collecting case studies for both internal and external uses. Email Andrew Orr at for more information. 
  • SSDN Communications Working Group, who will design external communications materials for SSDN. Email Paul Young at for more information. 
  • Conference Design Committee, responsible for planning next year's conference. Email Patricia Gomez at for more information. 
  • Steering Committee, responsible for strategic direction and coordination. Email Maggie Ullman at for more information. SSDN's current co-chairs are Maggie Ullman and David Jones. Jake Tsinger, Peter Nierengarten, Lori Saal, Tobin Fried, Jon Ippel, and Rob Phocas make up the remainder of the current Steering Committee. 
Conference Presentations
We've uploaded presentations from the conference to the USDN website, as well as full documentation of the meeting. If you need access to the USDN site, please reply to this email. 

Measuring Progress
Communicating Success and Results
Overview of SSDN and Accomplishments by Maggie Ullman, Susanna Sutherland, and David Jones. 

Proposal Opportunity

A small group of USDN members is developing a proposal for the Innovation Fund on Sustainable Economic Development. If you are interested in potentially being a leader on the proposal, contact Peter Plastrick at 231.838.4720 or to find out more. 

About SSDN

SSDN is an unaffiliated peer to peer network that is inclusive of municipal professionals working in the field of sustainability, and effective at networking, best practice sharing, and eventually collaborating together on larger priorities for the region.

We seek to become a network whose priorities are set by network members for network members. The Southeast Network strives to effectively support one another to successfully capture funding opportunities, influence sustainable policies and programs at the local and state levels, and lead the advancement of national sustainability.

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