Let's design and implement an innovative project that advances our regions' sustainability goals and produces products useful for adoption by other cities. Ideas we could get strong partners and traction with:
1.) Equity and Energy Efficiency: potential partnership with SEEA
2.) Stormwater Quality in the MS River basin: potential partnership with TNC
3.) Multi-modal transit: potential partner with the Shared Use Mobility Center
Interested in any of these ideas, or have others? Send Susanna a note so she can gather partners and schedule a brainstorm call.
- This RFP provides financial and technical assistance support and more time for members developing proposals. Since 2009, the Fund has committed more than $1.3 million of funding to 35 innovation projects. A majority of USDN members have participated in one or more Fund projects. The Innovation Fund's 2013 Annual Report is available here.
- The last informational conference call is scheduled for 2 PM EST July 11. However, any questions may be directed to Fund Managers, Susanna Sutherland and Pete Plastrik.
- Letters of Intent to Propose (LOIPs) are due on September 24, 2014, but USDN members may submit a first draft by August 15 to receive feedback at the USDN Annual Meeting in Houston. This first draft will not be judged by the Steering Committee and the draft may be revised before final submission by September 24.
SSDN 2014 Annual Meeting Update
17 members are registered so far for the November annual meeting, and we're shooting for 30 attendees. Please Register here
for the SSDN Annual Meeting (Orlando, FL, November 5-7). Registration will be open until September 5. An instruction email will be sent in July to all members with logistics, draft agenda, and call for speakers. Those of you who have already registered should have already received forms with instruction. If you have registered but not received these from Kim, please let her know
Connectivity Call: Appointments Coming to those Signed up
16 of you have signed up to get to know your peers, learn from them, and share what's on your mind. Appointments are coming to your calendars in the first week of July for your network call on August 14: sign up here
for small, interesting, slightly moderated conversations.
SSDN Seeking Member Involvement
No one is too new, and everyone has something to offer and receive. If you are getting benefit from the network and would like to give back, there are many ways to plug in! Thanks to Emily Barrett for raising her hand for the Steering Committee this month; she will be replacing Jake Tisinger, who is moving to CA this summer.
At the annual meeting, we'll be asking for members to consider where they are currently involved and how they can best give and get benefit from our network. In the meantime, if you would like to pitch in, please let Susanna
or the applicable group leader(s) know.
- Current Groups and Leads:
ICMA Releases Report on Integrating Social Equity and Sustainability
Pay As You Throw Transition Pitfalls
Charlotte Relaunches Sustainability Website
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