May 2016

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Glen Hadwen, Sustainability Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale lease help us welcome Glen Hadwen to the SSDN steering committee leadership team! In April 2016, he started his term as co-chair of the committee joining Erin Gill of Knoxville. He has been involved with SSDN for many years and is eager to work with the committee and membership to expand SSDN’s reach and capacity.
Glen understands the importance of preparing for climate resilience. He has spent his professional career in the vulnerable areas of South Florida (working for the City of Miami from 2007-2014 and now for the City of Fort Lauderdale), and has made strides in advancing the sustainability movement with internal and external partners. Fort Lauderdale is hosting an ongoing workshop series, the South Florida Climate Fundamentals Academy with the Association of Climate Change Officers and recently hosted a weeklong visit of a delegation from the Dominican Republic as part of a technical exchange on climate change and land use planning.
Glen has recently played a key role in efforts to advance awareness among Fort Lauderdale’s City employees and has worked to help expand similar programs in the south. In Fort Lauderdale, all City employees receive training on environmental sustainability, climate change and management systems that help embed sustainability within City systems.  He recently hosted a Peer Learning Exchange, where staff from five other cities visited Fort Lauderdale to discuss how to best engage employees on climate change and sustainability. In Fort Lauderdale, they have trained and educated over 2,000 City staff on these issues, and with the Peer Learning Exchange the concept will expand throughout the southeast.
One of his long-term projects is implementing the City’s Sustainability Action Plan (2011), which includes 101 action items. In 2015, 45% of these items were complete. Finishing these initiatives is a key initiative of Press Play Fort Lauderdale – the City’s strategic plan, which resulted from the citywide visioning process conducted 2012-2013. This process identified priorities for the City including being more connected, being prepared for climate change and sea level rise and other ideas to enhance sustainability.
Glen can be contacted at and for more information about what’s happening in Fort Lauderdale and for resources related to sustainability please go to

2016 SSDN Member Survey Results: In 2016 SSDN participated in a member survey as part of the USDN Regional Networks Coordinating Committee Pilot Program. The results tell us a lot about the strength of our network and some of the opportunities we have for improvement!
SSDN Strategic Plan: In March 2016, SSDN finished a strategic planning process to guide the work of the network in coming years. We would like to share the 2016 SSDN strategic plan, and invite you to learn more about our exciting network and our upcoming work together.
2016 SSDN Annual Meeting Presentations + Evaluation: The 2016 Annual Meeting in Atlanta was one of our best yet! If you're interested in checking out the presentations, you can find them on the SSDN website here. If you're interested in reviewing this year's meeting evaluation, you can find it here. We're already looking forward to 2017. Thanks for such great participation.
Job Opportunities:
Memphis/Shelby County, TN: The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability is seeking applicants for the position of Administrator to lead the office. Applications due May 25, 2016 (4pm CST) by email to John Zeanah.
Memphis, TN: The City of Memphis is seeking applicants for the position of Administrator of Comprehensive Planning to lead this new office. Applications due by June 3, 2016. Applications can be found here.
Webinar: Public Fleet Management Best Practices, presented by the N.C. University Clean Energy Technology Center and 100 Best Fleets,Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 2pm EST. To register email Tom Johnson.
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