The Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) of Northern Arizona's mission is to promote sustainable economic prosperity through ecological health, social equity and a resilient economy. In 2016, SEDI expanded its role in the community as a subsidiary of the NARBHA Institute. This affiliation recognizes both organizations’ shared mission in promoting healthy and livable communities in northern Arizona. More about SEDI and the NARBHA Institute HERE.
The organization encourages renewable energy, local food sovereignty, the creation of jobs with wages and benefits that provide adequately for families and contribute to the community. SEDI also promotes the stewardship of natural resources, including water and land management, supporting sustainable economic development while helping to restore natural systems.
The SEDI Institute works with businesses and government to develop smart growth policies and helps organizations transition to sustainable models; SEDI's Business Resource Center makes micro-loans, fosters and supports entrepreneurs, small and home-based businesses, and promotes green businesses; and, the SEDI Educational Outreach Center continues the successful Teacher Awards for Sustainable Curriculum and partners with Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Unified School District, and other educational and non-profit organizations in the community to offer internship and enrichment programs.
Facts about SEDI
SEDI is comprised of 45 dynamic business, government, and non-profit leaders partnering to promote sustainable economic development in northern Arizona.
SEDI demonstrates its mission statement by promoting projects and products that...
- foster ecological health, such as Green Business, Regional Food, and Green Business Network.
- increase social equity through Teacher Awards, Issue Papers, and Regional Outreach Events.
- promote a resilient economy, such as monitoring Sustainable Community Indicators, serving as an Energy Clearinghouse, and bolstering Workforce Training.