Success Stories

Personalizing progress.

Success Stories

Storytelling harnesses the power of the network, member activities, and grant programs to help SSDN demonstrate and disseminate proofs of concept within the Southeast. Projects will generate stories from current Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund (SSCF) grantees and the SSDN network about sustainability best practices in the Southeast and aid in disseminating those stories broadly.


A Green Lining to New Orleans Storm Clouds: How a new nonprofit coalition is teaching neighbors how they can create solutions for flooding in their community

May 15, 2020

A new nonprofit coalition called Umbrella is teaching neighbors in New Orleans Hoffman Triangle how they can create solutions for flooding in their community

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Connections Create a More Sustainable Tennessee Valley

April 3, 2019

Tennessee and Alabama local governments are building relationships with TVA to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and work toward alternative power sources.

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A photo of community members in Orlando, FL, working on relieving food deserts.

Interweaving Equity into a Sustainable South

April 2, 2019

SSDN members understand that groups that have been marginalized by economic systems or racial biases are more likely to find themselves disproportionately affected by climate change, energy costs, and other environmental threats.

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Group meeting of three residents of Duck Hill, MS.

Duck Hill, MS, is on the Rise

March 1, 2019

Inland small towns and rural areas are feeling the very real effects of stronger storms and intense rainfall. This includes the tiny town of Duck Hill, Mississippi, with a population of roughly 1,300.

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Image of flooded areas in Charleston, SC

Adapting Climate Approaches in a Changing Charleston, South Carolina, Neighborhood

March 1, 2019

In a city like Charleston with deep cultural roots and more historic buildings than you can count, the effects of growth on neighborhood preservation and the growing impacts of climate change demand a new approach that can address both issues simultaneously.

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Workers in Savannah, Georgia, complete sustainability tasks to improve green infrastructure.

Savannah’s Homegrown Green Infrastructure

February 4, 2019

With several public and private partners, Savannah’s Office of Sustainability is creating a new way to replenish trees and revive hope for some of the city’s marginalized neighborhoods.

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Alice and Yulia with supplies demonstrating weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades in Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina.

Reducing Peak Energy Demand in Buncombe County, NC

January 31, 2019

Peak demand in the county during the colder months has more than doubled in the past several decades as the population has grown, and many of those energy users are low-income families that struggle with the cost of heating.

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