- Reminder: Deadline for SSDN’s Round 2 Peer Learning Charrette Applications is November 30th! The deadline for Round 2 Peer Learning Charrette applications is next month on November 30, 2019. To learn more about this SSDN grant offered to our members, please visit the SSDN website. The RFP for members interested in applying can be downloaded here.
- All Network Call: International Code Council Voting Guidance: In an effort to help guide SSDN members through the International Code Council (ICC) voting process, please join our upcoming All Network Call on November 18th at 1:00pm EST. This call will be led by members Kris Stenger of Winter Park, FL, and Bridget Herring of Asheville, NC. If you would like to join the conversation, please be sure to take our ICC Voting Guidance Survey before November 11th. For more information on the All Network Call or on the survey, please email email@example.com.
- SSDN Website Updates: We are excited to announce that the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network will have a new and improved website before the end of the year! Over the past six months, Meg and Vanessa have been working with a web designer to improve the look and navigation of the SSDN website to better showcase the work of the network and of our members. As a part of this effort, we would love to feature pictures of our member communities throughout the site. If you would like to share professional pictures of nature, cityscapes, and projects from your city/county please send photos (1,000 pixels wide or more) directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also plan to unveil a new SSDN logo once the website is launched! Stay tuned for our new look!
- SSDN Attends USDN Annual Meeting in Detroit: SSDN members and SSDN staff participated in the USDN annual meeting in Detroit, MI Oct 27-30 to learn and share best practices in sustainability with over 250 other sustainability directors from across the U.S. and Canada. “Centering Equity into the Work” was the theme of this meeting, and SSDN members participated in deep dive equity trainings, learned about best practices in state policy and utility engagement, land use and more. SSDN has been a regional partner network of USDN since 2012 and has continued to align with the national context and develop and apply local solutions.
- SSCF Partners and SSDN Staff Participated in Kresge’s Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems Convening:
SSDN staff and Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund partners from Knoxville and Athens participated in the 2019 Kresge CREWS (Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems) convening in Richmond, VA this month. SSDN learned from leaders from across the country on best practices for equitable approaches to dealing with stormwater, water conservation, water quality, and the many interconnected systems and factors that create safe and healthy places to live. SSDN is excited to explore how the network can encourage stronger connections to equitable water-focused work over the coming years throughout the Southeast.
- North Carolina Resiliency Workshop: Using Distributed Energy Resources to Enhance Community Resilience:
This workshop will explore ways to build climate change resilience for local governments with a particular focus on using distributed energy resources such as solar electricity paired with battery storage. Through small group discussions, an expert panel, and presentations of case studies, participants will gain skills and information to better prepare their communities for the effects of extreme weather such as extended power outages.
Date: December 4th- 9:00am to 3:00pm. Register here by November 15th.
- Greenbuild 2019: November 19th-22nd- Atlanta, GA (Email Vanessa for special SSDN member promo code).
- The National League of Cities 2020 Leadership in Community Resilience program is now accepting applications from cities seeking additional funding for resilience-related projects. Apply here! The deadline for applications is December 20th, 2019.
- Research Looks at the Psychology of Sustainable Behavior
Research in psychology offers clues as to why people engage in unsustainable behaviors despite their concern about the broader consequences. At the same time, the research also explains why people go out of their way to behave sustainably, and how it is possible to motivate and empower sustainable actions.
- Job Opportunities
Administrative Services Manager-General Services/Sustainability– Nashville, TN
Environmental Impact Specialist– State of Louisiana
Environmental Project Specialist– Columbia County, GA
Senior Manager, Economic Development– City of Raleigh, NC
Waste Reduction Coordinator– Catawba County, NC
Sustainability Administrator– Fort Lauderdale, FL
- We would love to share your stories on SSDN’s various social media outlets! Please send Vanessa events, stories and pictures throughout the year for SSDN to highlight.