Achieving our vision for community-driven climate work in the Southeast

by Meg Jamison, Executive Director In 2017, when SSDN set out to equip local governments to execute on a new program focus, we could not have known the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic would impose on our work – nor could we have imagined the creative ways our grantees and partners would overcome those challenges.…

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EPA Awards SSDN with Multi-Environmental Media Environmental Finance Grant (EFC) for Region 4

SSDN to expand its Southeast Sustainable Recovery Center to serve local communities across the region with support for accessing federal funding. Reference: Press Release from Biden-Harris Administration Last week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s selection of Environmental Finance Centers around the country. Environmental Finance Centers provide technical assistance to communities to access…

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Local Government Leaders Weigh in with NC Utilities Commission on State Carbon Plan

  Seven mayors and a County Commission Chairwoman representing local governments and communities across North Carolina submitted a letter to the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC), sharing comments and recommendations regarding the state’s Carbon Plan, which must be developed and approved by December 31, 2022. The Town of Boone, Town of Chapel Hill, Chatham County, City…

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Equipping vulnerable communities to navigate extreme weather, health disruptions, and other emergencies with Resilience Hubs

As the impacts of climate change mount, heightened weather and health disruptions are posed to local governments, organizations, and communities to navigate: heat waves, polar vortexes, storms… and pandemics, just to name a few.  In 2019 and preceding years, Fulton County, Georgia, was dealing with several of these disruptions, and realized they needed to enhance…

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Strong partnerships with community organizations, local governments, key to Keep Safe Miami resilience program

Source: Twitter, @CityofMiami Resilience is a journey, and the sustainability staff at the City of Miami are determined to reach their destination. The ever-progressing impacts of climate change across south Florida don’t make the road easy, particularly for those living in the area’s affordable housing communities. But working alongside strong community partners like Enterprise Community…

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SSDN Communities Make Strides in Participatory Engagement, Supported by 2021 Community Collaboration Catalyst MicroGrant Award

With support from The Kresge Foundation, SSDN launched its new Community Collaboration Catalyst Micro Grant Program in 2021. This program provided small grants to local government and community partnerships for the purposes of supporting equity-centered community leadership and engagement in local climate and resilience planning and program development. Grantees tested innovative approaches to engagement for…

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A Look Back: SSDN 2022 Annual Meeting

“Best. Meeting. Ever!” “Incredible people! Love to meet my new colleagues.” “I’m happy to know that I’m not alone.” These words and more were shared in the aftermath of our phenomenal 2022 Annual Meeting in sunny Savannah, Georgia at the beginning of May. After three years of pent-up desire to once again enjoy what makes…

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Workshop Helps SSDN Members Navigate Federal Funding for Environmental Justice

The Biden Administration has put Environmental Justice front and center to help support equitable distribution of federal investment. Local governments in the Southeast have a need for targeted investment to mitigate conditions that have left many communities to experience environmental justice conditions. Columbia University Master of Sustainability Program recently hosted a Capstone Workshop to help…

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