Resilience is the result of sustainability being the driving force of a community’s growth. With this in mind, SSDN’s Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund (SSCF) provides governments in the Southeast with the financial capacity to foster tangible, resilient growth in their communities. Equipped with a $300,000 grant from SSDN, Tennessee homeowners are now able to rely…

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North Carolina is on the front lines of climate change, managing through hurricane seasons with increasingly frequent and intense storms and battling health and economic impacts from other extreme weather events – intense heat, drought and heavy rainfall. In the last few years, local governments across the state have taken on the task of reducing…

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If you hear the words “flooding” and “Florida” in the same sentence, you would not be alone in thinking of a beachfront community. However, inland areas in Florida can be just as, if not more, susceptible to flooding than their coastal neighbors Spring Hill, a neighborhood in DeLand, Florida, has experienced repeated flooding for years.…

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As was announced in recent news, utility regulators at the Florida Public Service Commission voted 4-to-1 to approve Duke Energy Florida’s Clean Energy Connections program. Under the program, Duke will build ~750 MW of new solar projects. Thanks to the input and direct engagement from SSDN and dozens of Florida local government sustainability directors, approximately…

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Our culture has always been focused on building trusted relationships, and those relationships have persevered in a time of disconnection and intense anxiety. As a result, our members continued to show up for the network and for each other. They continued to demonstrate impact in their communities despite insurmountable challenges. Read the full 2020 Annual Report.…

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The Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund project in Athens- Clarke County, GA was recently featured in US News highlighting the projects success in building a more resilient community in the West Broad neighborhood of Athens, GA. Read the full article below. In Georgia, Saving Homes for a Sustainable Future Sustainability isn’t only about conserving resources for…

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SSDN would like to welcome our new 2020 Steering Committee members. We greatly appreciate their commitment to growing sustainability in our region and their dedication in helping lead the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network. Camille Pollan, Sustainability and Resilience Officer- City of New Orleans, LA Kenneth Darisaw, Energy and Sustainability Manager- Fulton County, GA Erika Ruane,…

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Hillsborough County, FL has been leading an aggressive effort to implement solar energy technologies throughout their community for the past several years. Like many other Florida communities, Hillsborough is motivated by a desire to cut energy costs, reduce emissions, and create more resilient energy sources that could keep critical infrastructure and services running through hurricanes…

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