SCDG’s sustainable development partnership with US EPA supports a mayors’ learning consortium of disadvantaged rural and smaller communities. Constituency outreach, relationship building and cross-sector partnerships resulted in over 2 dozen workshops on green economy programs, governmental resources and tools which served over 1500 mayors and municipal officials in the States of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina.
SCDG planned and implemented constituency outreach for the North Carolina Mayors and Tribal Leaders Green Economy Technical Assistance Forum. Outreach and engagement involved research and creation of the statewide database and coordinating invitations to over 600 diverse contacts including governmental and Tribal officials, mayors, developers, colleges and universities, key organizations and community leaders.
SCDG coordinated US EPA’s Community Scholarship Program for the 2008 Conference in Detroit, MI. Development of scholarship criteria, marketing and outreach, the online application, e-registration, communications, hotel lodging, vendor payment and onsite management of scholarship applicants and recipients were components of services delivery. Scholarships supported nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations and officials from small and rural municipalities.
SCDG managed the collaborative of nonprofits, developers and business groups. Strategic goals involved promoting the value of broad-based community partnerships to advance sustainability. Prioritizing stakeholder education and engagement, the network produced a technical assistance workshop series in the cities of Pittsburgh and Houston, case studies, best practices guides and a conference in the nation’s capital.