The 2017 SSDN Annual MeDowntown Aerialseting was held May 3rd-5th, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. Thank you very much to our kind hosts, Ms. Tobin Freid and Ms. Amanda Drake, the Durham City-County Sustainability Office, and the SSDN Annual Meeting Planning Committee (Sara Kane, Mary Pat Baldauf, Cindy Holmes, Megan Anderson and Rachael Schaffer). This was the best meeting yet!

You may still reference the SSDN 2017 Annual Meeting Agenda.

The meeting was another energetic gathering of over 40 sustainability directors from throughout the southeast. SSDN members learned about a wide range of sustainability topics, interacted with each other and built relationships with their peers, and explored the amazing sites, sounds and fun that Durham has to offer!

Check out some of the pictures from this year’s meeting here.

Image: Downtown Durham Aerial




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 transferrable 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.

group shot - silly_Charleston AM 2015

Past annual meeting presentations:

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