The SSDN 2020 Annual Meeting will be held in Savannah, Georgia, from May 4th to 6th, 2020.
SSDN members understand that groups that have been marginalized by economic systems or racial biases are more likely to find themselves disproportionately affected by climate change, energy costs, and other environmental threats.
Peak demand in the county during the colder months has more than doubled in the past several decades as the population has grown, and many of those energy users are low-income families that struggle with the cost of heating.
The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) is comprised of local government sustainability professionals from cities and counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
SSDN is a network of local governments working together to create clean and healthy communities throughout our region.
“Through SSDN, the City of Charlotte has been able to discuss overcoming obstacles to combat climate change with similar cities in population, area, and culture. We have utilized the group to build our expertise on different subjects and gain City support on initiatives that have been completed in other SSDN communities.”
— Erika Ruane, City of Charlotte, North Carolina
"SSDN is an amazing resource for municipal sustainability professionals in the Southeastern US. SSDN provides beginning and experienced sustainability directors with access to collaborative learning opportunities, best practices in urban sustainability, and grant funding for city/county sustainability projects."
— Peter Nierengarten, Sustainability Director, City of Fayetteville, Arkansas
“Through SSDN I was able to make personal connections with peers within our region. These connections are so important — whenever I need help, I am one email, one phone call away from my peers who are always so tremendously helpful. I love the SSDN annual meeting, where I meet with my counterparts from other cities/counties/states and learn more about their work, their challenges, and most importantly, identify opportunities where we can work together.”
— Flavia Tonioli, Sustainability Manager, City of Miami Beach, Florida