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. SSDN is a project of the Chalice Oak Foundation.
   The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network:
   July Update
Annual Meeting Update
Thanks to the 22 of you who have so far registered for the SSDN Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, November 5-7, 2014.  If you haven’t already done so, please register here.  Please remember to process your forms and make travel arrangements soon to keep costs low.

Thanks to the 9 of you who have so far volunteered to share your experience with many of our agenda items.  Members willing to speak on the topics of sustainable fleet management, state and utility collaboration, innovations in waste programs, and school collaboration are needed.  Email Susanna.

Member Calls Scheduled

You may recall that SSDN is piloting member connectivity calls so members develop stronger relationships with each other.  The Communications Work Group has scheduled small informal calls to grow our connectivity on August 14 at 10 AM (moderator: Emily Barrett), 11 AM (moderator: Peter Nierengarten), and 1 PM EST (moderator: Paul Young).

The call in number is 530-881-1212, meeting ID 581-382-689 if you didn’t complete the poll but would like to attend any one of them.  Alternately, you can contact Kim with your time preference to have an appointment set to you.
Grant Activities

 1.) USDN Innovation Fund RFP: SEEA and SSDN members are exploring submission of a letter of intent to propose to the USDN Innovation Fund around equity as it relates to energy efficiency.  Interested members should email Susanna to be looped into the drafting process.  The letter is due August 15.

2.) PREP Grant Update: As part of a year-long Resilience/Adaptation Grant that SSDN received from USDN, 10 SSDN Cities met in Asheville on July 28 & 29th to learn and collaborate on Community Resilience Planning.  The workshop was led by consultants from the University of North Carolina – Asheville and the University of Arkansas. Documents and presentations from the workshop and grant will be uploaded to the USDN Website with the tag “PREP Grant” and are available to all SSDN members.  The 10 Cities were: Asheville, Atlanta, Charleston, Fayetteville, Knoxville, Huntsville, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, and Raleigh.

3.) EPA has roughly $113 million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments around adaptation and environmental issues.
In the News
Orlando is participating in the NRDC and IMT program City Energy Project.  This initiative is currently focusing on 10 cities leading in the energy arena, with the hope that other cities can follow suit. 

 More from CDP
September 18th, 1 p.m. EST: CDP Cities will speak on a webinar with the American Society of Adaptation Professionals Companies, Cities and Climate Risk. Register here if you're interested. 
SSDN Posts on USDN

Please continue to share with us what you're learning or needing to know on We've had a dip this month (summer!) but will continue to post the top SSDN threads here in the newsletter next month.

Can't log on to USDN?  Reply to this email or send Susanna a note and we'll fix that. Posters, be sure to tag the Southeast so we can all see.  A tutorial for the site is here.


Meet Paul Young Memphis, TN

Paul is an electrical engineer by trade, and has a Masters in Planning as well as an MBA. The secret to his lovability is that he just genuinely interested in what’s going on around him and in who is making it happen. A good thing, too, because he is probably the only sustainability director in the nation that coordinates the efforts of a bi-racial democratic and republican leadership team for both the city and county governments.

A team that he says functions remarkably well. Both city and county mayors see sustainability as a common ground issue. Paul uses a strategy of inclusion to frame sustainability efforts as part of the solution for urban issues. He notes sustainability is not a stand-alone effort, but part of solving larger community challenges. He also emphasizes communication, and his stories of inviting citizens who disagree with some of the Office's initiatives to sit on Sustainability Task Forces are both humorous and insightful.

His key challenges are poverty and crime – issues that on the surface are not connected to sustainability, but that can be in part addressed by that mindset, as seen by the Green Prisons program. He doesn’t compete for resources; he gets involved and brings resources with him, as seen in the Green Print planning effort.

Key Projects:

Livability Dashboard – a web-based database of indicators that communities can use to make informed changes. The website will map assets (greenways, schools, health clinics, etc.) using both quantitative and qualitative data and indicators for specific neighborhoods. The idea came from Charlotte’s Quality of Life Indicators program.

Green Print - Midsouth Regional Green Print is a 2.6 million HUD planning grant (4 counties, 3 states) that addresses recreation and tourism. This is a massive project with 80 groups and 300 people in the planning consortium. They are already securing implementation funds, as a local foundation is committed to making the plan happen. They have almost a dollar for dollar match.

Green Prisons - This Shelby County Correction Center inmate training program focuses on those in for 6 years or less, training them in recycling, energy efficiency, and transportation jobs in preparation for rehabilitation. It’s a mode of operation, so engrained in the correction facility that there’s not even a write up on it!

Paul likes SSDN because it can drill down to the geographic-specific level. He knows the politics of the region, and finding out how his SSDN peers get things done makes sense to him contextually. He thinks SSDN is where it needs to be, and says he likes that SSDN keeps things simple. He says the greatest value is in the annual meeting, where beer and friendships happen. He says to reach out and get involved. So ya’ll come!


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