The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network collaborates to accelerate the adoption of econmically viable, socially equitable, and environmentally responsible best practices in American Southeastern communities. We do this by sharing information and problem solving together.
   The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network:
   A Year in Review and the One Ahead.  

Get Involved

1.) Participate in a proposal to help SSDN learn how best to adapt to climate change:
  • The RFP deadline is February 15, 2014.  If you are interested in joining this proposal, e-mail Peter Nierengarten
2.) Provide input / perspective to the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) to find out how the Southeast is benchmarking our buildings:
  • The webinar date is Thursday, January 30 at 2 PM EST.  Click here to register.
  • Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy, SEEA is working to gather information about the current state of building energy benchmarking (and, if applicable, disclosure) initiatives in the Southeast.
  • This effort will help to increase the profile of these initiatives, potentially attracting additional resources and assistance to the communities pursuing them.  SEEA is "well aware of SSDN’s great work providing technical assistance in support of these initiatives, and would greatly appreciate your perspective and your input".
  • SEEA is interested in identifying regional leaders, as well as communities that may be considering energy benchmarking in the future.
  • Contact Susanna Sutherland if you are interested in participating in a working group around this topic.

Planning Ahead: 2014 Goals

Think of them as our new year resolutions: flexible, dynamic, and determined by the network, for the network:
  • Have 35 members at our Third annual meeting in Orlando May 14 – 16
  • Write 5 city case studies using a template designed by the working group
  • Replicate Nashville’s successful Mayor’s Workplace  in 3-5 other southern cities, using $75,000 in USDN funding
  • Create a guidebook to climate adaptation planning for southern cities through a pending $40,000 grant from USDN
  • Raise $135,000 to fund network activities

Progress Report: 2013 Review

  • Convened the second annual meeting on June 5 – 7 in Chattanooga, TN with 19 members attending.  
  • Started the Tennessee City bi-monthly trouble-shooting calls which include city officials from 5 TN cities and representatives from the Tennessee State Office of Sustainable Practices.
  • Engaged members through monthly newsletters and a quarterly webinar series. Topics included:
    • Lessons learned from the Nashville Mayor’s Workplace and Neighborhood challenges
    • The Orange County FL experience adopting the Clean Energy Durham Pete Street program.
    • A successful effort in Arkansas to receive state legislation allowing PACE programs and Fayetteville’s plans for next steps in PACE implementation. 
  • 5 SSDN members participated in their first utility commission rate case to make LED streetlights more available and financially viable. The rate case was successful and SSDN members are now actively working with the utility to develop the new LED streetlight rate.
  • Hired network administrator
  • Raised $26,500 to fund network administrator, working group start up and annual meeting

Upcoming Events

1.) 2014 SSDN Annual Conference: May 14-16, 2014 in Orlando, FL.  Registration Link with be sent out in early February

2.) Learn how to Raise Funds Locally: The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is working with the Funders Network to help Sustainability Directors participate in the Local Matching Sustainability Fund (which requires a local foundation to provide a 50/50 match to USDN funds).  A call will be scheduled for mid-February, and an appointment will go out to SSDN members with meeting details.  


Southeast Sustainability Directors Network
P.O. Box 27534
Knoxville, TN 37927

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