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  • 2019 Annual Meeting Registration: 
    Last call for registration to the 2019 Annual Meeting in Sarasota, FLALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE BY APRIL 1. Membership includes one free registration for Primary Members and you can bring one secondary member from each community at a fee. Registration for both member types will include all accommodations and food.  Please note, SSDN staff will make your hotel reservations after we receive your meeting registration.  We have booked both our accommodations and event space at the Aloft Sarasota, where we will be just a short walk from the water and the beautiful Bayfront Park where you can walk/run the trails and enjoy the sunset.  Please note that the meeting attire is casual and don’t forget your sandals and swim suits!  Please visit our website here to learn more! 
  • CHARLESTON, SC: In the face of climate change and sea level rise, preserving one of Charleston’s most historically significant neighborhoods means trying something new. The City of Charleston and the nonprofit Sustainability Institute are combining green jobs training with weatherization, solar energy and flood-proofing for low-income homes to create a more resilient community. Get the full story in “Adapting Climate Approaches in a Changing Charleston Neighborhood.”  
  • DUCK HILL, MS: Climate-related flooding isn’t just a phenomenon in coastal areas. In the small rural town of Duck Hill, Mississippi, strong storms with intense rainfall often cause flooding as high as 15 inches, that ekes its way into homes and a local community center in an historic former high school gym. But residents in Duck Hill are using creative solutions to increase resiliency — not only in terms of flood mitigation, but also in overcoming racial divides and empowering residents. Read the full story in Duck Hill On The Rise. Thanks to The Merck Family Fund and The Kendeda Fund for its generous support for these stories.
  • The City of Atlanta passed a 100% Clean Energy Plan to support the adoption and implementation of a new energy future for all citizens. The vision is for 100% of Atlantans to have 100% clean energy. Congrats on this landmark moment Atlanta! Read the plan here.
  • Urban Green Infrastructure Lab: Earth Economics is seeking expressions of interest from cities and utilities who would like to participate in an exciting new training opportunity—the Urban Green Infrastructure (GI) Labs–this summer and fall 2019.The Urban GI Labs are unique workshops that will build the capacity of city leaders to effectively scale investment and adoption of green storm water infrastructure as a complement or alternative to traditional grey storm water systems. The workshops will include a tailored, one-day training program, free-of-cost, for up to 20 staff, and follow-up support. DEADLINE is MARCH 31!
  • Utility Drive: A new and free resource library compiled to help cities boost buildings energy efficiency!
  • Climate Tech ChallengeThe Collider has officially kicked off the 2019 Climate Tech Challenge! It’s a global search for the most innovative climate change solutions emerging from students, researchers, and experienced professionals around the world. We’re looking for future climate leaders who are developing tools, sensors, or analytics products — whether their ideas are just scribbled on a whiteboard, protected by a patent, or are part of an established startup. (Read more about climate tech on The Collider’s blog!) You could win $5,000 (USD), entry into our Climate Tech Incubator, and a 12-month membership to The Collider. Apply today.
  • Grid Edge East: April 3, 2019: A summit focused on how innovation and decentralization can result in a more resilient energy system. Led by leading utilities, smart grid tech giants, and Wood Mackenzie’s research experts, Grid Edge East will explore how frontier technologies such as AI, edge computing and power electronics are already impacting grid resiliency and customer experience, and how market leaders are innovating core systems at the edge of the grid.
  • Women in Clean Energy: April 4, 2019: The goal of North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s WICE project is to foster a network of support, camaraderie, and opportunity for self-identifying women in the NC clean energy industry.
  • 2019 State Energy Conference: April 30- May1: The State Energy Conference provides actionable insight into the business of energy, connecting technical innovation, diverse resources and industry opportunity to help drive North Carolina’s regional energy economy forward with national impact.
  • Get involved in the 2019 National Energy Code Update! TODAY is the deadline to register for votingJoin the International Codes Council (ICC) or update your membership through the ICC website. You must be a member by March 29, 2019 to vote on the code updates this year. Multiple governmental departments may choose to join individually. Costs per governmental membership are $135-$370 per year, based on population.