SSDN’s Annual Meeting is a face-to-face opportunity for members to share new ideas.


SSDN’s Annual Meeting gathers city and county government sustainability directors and professionals from throughout the Southeast. SSDN members discuss sustainability issues through dynamic interactions and relationship building.

Our Annual Meeting is a face-to-face opportunity for members to share and learn from each other. This is a member-focused and member-driven event, and the meetings strive to provide appropriate and relevant information.

Presentations and discussions focus on how initiatives, projects, and topic areas are transferable or replicable in other southeastern communities. Members are encouraged to discuss challenges and lessons learned, and to share openly about their own experiences.

Additionally, members explore the host city’s sights, sounds, and entertainment.

A group photo of sustainability professionals and officers at the 2019 SSDN Annual Meeting in Sarasota, Florida.

A group photo of sustainability managers and officers at the 2019 SSDN Annual Meeting in Sarasota, Florida.


SSDN 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting 

May 3rd – 7th, 2021

SSDN is excited to announce the topics and speakers for SSDN’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting! 

Registration is free for all members, but required for all sessions except for the happy hour, rap/poetry battle and meeting close. 

Email Network Manager, Vanessa King if you are a SSDN member and would like to register for the Annual Meeting.

*All times below are EST


10:00am – 11:15am
Welcome, Kick Off & Workshop: Federal Policy and How to Engage
Speakers: Michael Shank (Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance)

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Breakout: Strategies for Sustainability and Resiliency in Affordable Housing
Speakers: Alan Dodd (City of Miami, FL); Sara Haas and Laurie Schoemann (Enterprise Community Partners); Susannah Troner (Miami-Dade County, FL)



10:00am – 11:30am
Breakout: Equitable Community Engagement Panel Discussion
Speakers are Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund Partners: Tawana Mattox (Athens Land Trust); Dana Eness (Urban Conservancy); Chuck Morris (Thrive New Orleans)

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Breakout: Municipal Solar on Rooftops and Beyond
Speakers: Carrie Webster (Henrico County, VA); John Morrill (Fairfax County, VA)

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Annual Meeting Happy Hour
Hosts: Meg Jamison and Vanessa King of SSDN



10:00am – 11:30am
Breakout: Building the Case for EV Infrastructure and Deployment
Speakers: Tessa Schriener (Leon County, FL); Greg Sponseller (City of Raleigh, NC)

3:00pm – 4:00pm
SSDN Rap/Poetry Battle (Member Competition)
Hosts: Flavia Tonioli (Miami Beach, FL); Tessa Schriener (Leon County, FL)



10:00am – 12:00pm
Workshop: The Steps to Resilience | Tools, Resources, and Data to Address Resilience
Speakers: National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC); Fernleaf

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Plenary: The Mindset of Being a Guide with Renee Lertzman



10:00am – 11:30am
Breakout: Green Workforce Development Programs
Speakers: Michelle Wiseman (City of Atlanta, GA); Amanda Hallauer (City of Atlanta, GA); Tanya Everson (City of Nashville, TN)

11:30am – 12:00pm
Meeting Close: SSDN Equity Commitments and Annual Meeting Wrap Up
Speakers: Meg Jamison and Vanessa King of SSDN; Bridget Herring (City of Asheville, NC and Co-Chair of SSDN Steering Committee)


Ask our Network Coordinator Vanessa King



Past Annual Meetings

A photo of several kayakers at the SSDN 2019 Annual Meeting in Sarasota, Florida.

2019 Annual MeetingSarasota, Florida

MAY 6TH – 8TH, 2019

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For a full recap, view our post on the 2019 Annual Meeting.

2018 Annual MeetingNashville, Tennessee

MAY 7TH – 9TH, 2018

2017 Annual MeetingDurham, North Carolina

MAY 3RD – 5TH, 2017

2016 Annual MeetingAtlanta, Georgia

APRIL 6TH – 8TH, 2016

2015 Annual MeetingCharleston, South Carolina

JUNE 22ND – 24TH, 2015

2014 Annual MeetingOrlando, Florida

NOVEMBER 5TH – 7TH, 2014

2013 Annual MeetingChattanooga, Tennessee

JUNE 5TH – 7TH, 2013

2012 Annual MeetingAsheville, North Carolina

JUNE 14TH – 15TH, 2012