The 2018 SSDN Annual Meeting will be held May 7th-9th, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Thank you very much to our kind hosts, Laurel Creech, Erin Hafkenscheil, Mary Beth Ikard, and Jennifer Westerholm and the whole Nashville team, and to the SSDN Annual Meeting Planning Committee (Sara Kane, Ian Jurgensen, Vivian Ekstrom, and Elsi Rose). For more information about the draft agenda, please click on the agenda tab.

This year SSDN will also offer a post-meeting, optional workshop on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 9 and the morning of Thursday, May 10. This workshop will be focused on integrating Equity in sustainability programming and projects, and will be offered as part of the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund capacity building program. Thank you to our partner, The Kendeda Fund, for making this opportunity possible. An agenda for this workshop will be made available in the coming weeks. SSDN will be able to offer a limited number of free registrations for this workshop, and those will be done on a limited, first-come-first serve basis. More information is coming soon.

Thanks to our sponsors Cumberland River Compact and the City of Nashville for hosting us, and to The Turner Foundation for further sponsorships support.

Making Travel Plans
SSDN has a block of rooms reserved on May 7 and May 8 for members attending the Annual Meeting at the Hotel Indigo Downtown Nashville, and we will be meeting at the Cumberland River Compact and the University Room facility (hosted by Nashville Metro Government).

Members should make their own travel plans, and should plan to arrive no later than around 1pm on Monday, May 7. The Annual Meeting will wrap up around 1pm on Wednesday, May 9, and if you plan to stay for the additional Equity Workshop, that workshop will wrap up around noon on Thursday, May 10.

When reserving flights, please look for the code BNA for Nashville’s airport. There are a variety of ground transportation options from the airport to the hotel or the Cumberland River Compact. However, there is no airport shuttle between the hotel and the airport. Car sharing services like Lyft, taxis or bus service are good options. SSDN’s goal is to leave the cars behind this year, and you will not need a car during the annual meeting, so members should not need to rent a car from the airport, unless for other reasons.

If you plan to drive to Nashville, there is a parking garage on site at the hotel, and the parking fees will be included in the hotel room block. SSDN always encourages carpooling when possible.

Members receive one free registration for one PRIMARY member as part of SSDN dues payments. Primary members also receive travel reimbursements up to $400 (ex. flights, rental car, mileage, car sharing, etc.).

Registration for PRIMARY members for the annual meeting is now open.If you are a primary member and would like to register, please click here or register below.

Registration for SECONDARY members and for the optional Equity Workshop will be open soon. Members will receive an email directly about registration for these two opportunities.

Registration includes hotel rooms, food and meeting materials while at the meeting.


What you can expect at an SSDN Annual Meeting
SSDN Annual Meetings are energetic gatherings of over 50 sustainability directors from throughout the southeast. SSDN members learn about a wide range of sustainability topics, interacted with each other and built relationships with their peers, and explore the amazing sites, sounds and fun that the host city has to offer! To get a general sense of what SSDN Annual Meetings are like, you may still reference the SSDN 2017 Annual Meeting Agenda.

Check out some of the pictures from last year’s meeting in Durham here.




Agenda planning for the 2018 SSDN Annual Meeting is still in process, but here is a snapshot of what members can expect when we’re in Nashville:

Monday, May 7, 2018 
1:30pm – 5:30pm: Day 1 meeting content and Game of Floods
6pm-8pm: Tour of Nashville’s Center of Responsible Energy (CORE), Reception and Dinner
8pm: Post dinner activity
**Members should plan to arrive around 1pm on May 7. Lunch will not be provided, but we will provide afternoon snacks and dinner.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
8am – 3pm: Day 2 meeting content; Peer learning, Communications plenary
3pm-6pm: Nashville Tours (3 simultaneous tours will be offered; registration for tours will be done in April)
6pm-9pm: Reception and Dinner

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
8am-12pm: SSDN workgroup meetings; Strategic planning visioning session; Equity plenary
12pm: Meeting adjourns + participants travel home

Equity Workshop – Optional Post-Meeting Activity
May 9: 1pm-6pm: Equity workshop (Registrations for equity workshop will be done separately and will be limited to first-come-first serve registrants. More details will come in February-March).

Equity Workshop participants spend the night in Nashville, May 9

Thursday, May 10, 2018
8am-12pm: Equity Workshop – Optional Post Meeting Activity
12pm: Equity workshop concludes + participants travel home

Past SSDN Annual Meeting Activities: 

In Durham in 2017, members learned about topics such as climate vulnerability assessments, sustainable development policies and regulations, climate adaptation and emergency preparedness, environmental procurement and purchasing and more! Members also toured The Scrap Exchange, the Southside Neighborhood Revitalization Project, Durham Public School HUB Farm, and the Organic Transit Facility


Thanks to our members for sharing their presentations from this year’s meeting. You may download them directly from our website and keep them for your reference.

2017 State of the Network Presentation

2017 Ideas to Action

Climate Vulnerability Assessments 1

Climate Vulnerability Assessments 2

Waste Reduction 1

Smart Cities 1

Renewable Energy 1

Cary Green Neighborhoods Presentation


Annual Meeting Reimbursement
– If you have travel expenses that you’d like to have reimbursed, please fill out the SSDN Annual Meeting Reimbursement Form and email it directly to Meg Jamison.


The SSDN Annual Meetings are meant to be the face-to-face event where members share with and learn from each other. This is a member-focused and member-driven event, and the meetings strive to provide appropriate and relevant information. Presentations and discussions focus on how initiatives / projects / topic areas are transferable or replicable in other southeastern communities. They encourage members to talk about challenges and lessons learned, and to share openly about experience with the topic.

If you’re interested in finding out more about SSDN’s annual meeting, please contact us.


Sponsorship support makes this crucial face-to-face collaboration possible.  Annual meeting sponsors gain exposure to key change makers who are working with their local government and community members to create more resilient, adaptable, livable and prosperous places. Sponsorship confers a number of unique promotional and participatory benefits.  To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities, please access our SSDN 2018 Annual Meeting Sponsorship Letter here.