November 2016

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SSDN Collaborative Learning about Energy and Equity - A Case Study

Tackling equity in the South seems, at times, insurmountable. Despite a long history of efforts to create a level playing field, southern communities still find the need to take action and this need goes beyond police precincts into urban sustainability programs. Today, the South’s local government sustainability practitioners are getting involved in conversations about inclusive access to energy efficiency programs and equitable distribution of energy rebates and efficiency upgrades. In 2015, Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) members identified barriers to creating and delivering equitable energy efficiency programs in their communities such as programming with limited outreach to low-income communities and financial incentive programs that were only attractive to homeowners with good credit which leaves out a significant portion of the community. To begin addressing these barriers SSDN members participated in a project that used energy efficiency as a framework to more deeply understand how to incorporate equity goals into sustainability programs and initiatives.

Collaborating Communities:

  • City of Knoxville, Tennessee (lead)
  • City of Atlanta, Georgia
  • City of Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Sarasota County, Florida
  • City of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • City of Memphis, Tennessee
To read the full case study about the project and participating SSDN members, please click here.
2017 SSDN Dues  January 1, 2017 Deadline
We're entering in to another year and wanted to alert you that the 2017 dues notices have been sent out.  You may notice that our fiscal sponsorship has changed this year to the Global Philanthropy Partnership (GPP). If your purchasing department requires updated paperwork to process payment, please email April Donnelan at GPP to request the appropriate forms be submitted. You can also pay directly via credit card using PayPal by scrolling to the bottom of this page on our website. If you have any questions, please email Maggie!
SSDN Holiday Committee Schedules
We know the holidays lead to packed calendars. We want to make sure everyone who participates in our committees has the correct dates and times on their calendars. Some of our regular committee calls have been changed, so please mark your calendars for the upcoming committee calls that pertain to you:
  • Annual Meeting Planning Committee: Fri. Dec. 9 at 9:30am EST
  • Steering Committee: Wed. Dec. 14 at 10:30am EST
  • Membership Committee: Tues. Dec. 20 at 11:30am EST
Agendas will be sent out a few days before. If you're not available to attend a call, please email Maggie. Thank you for your participation!
Jobs and Opportunities Website Orientation - January 26th 2pm CT/ 3pm EST: Join this webinar for a live tutorial of how to use SSDN members use this website to share information and documents, ask each other for input and advice, and generally stay connected. SSDN members pre-register here.

Babies of SSDN 
Join us in welcoming a few new short people to the network:
Rowe and Meg Jamison
(Network Coordinator based in Asheville)
 Kerby Smithson's daughter Clover Grace (Asheville)
Ruthie Norton's son Richard "Owen" 
Sara Kane's daughter Ava
(Sarasota County)
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