Volume 2, Issue 4 September 2013
Become a SEDI Volunteer!
In our last newsletter, we discussed all the exciting changes that have been happening with SEDI over the past few months, including a new focus that we feel will help us better serve the community through our mission to promote economic prosperity in northern Arizona through a resilient economy, ecological health, and social equity. If you share a passion for sustainable economic development and would like to contribute your skills and efforts to bettering the community, please consider volunteering with us on one of our newly formed committees:
This team is responsible for encouraging robust discussion and recommending public policy positions that SEDI will take in areas such as regional economic development, energy efficiency & renewable energy, regional food, natural resources and more. The SEDI Institute will also be responsible for approving publications that will appear with SEDI's name, conference programs and participation, and managing the Sustainable Community Indicators program.
SEDI Business Resource Center
This team is responsible for managing SEDI's Dollars for Dreams super micro-lending program, including a sub-group that will approve loans and manage the loan portfolio, business activity centers that foster and support small and entrepreneurial businesses, and continuing and enhancing the Green Drinks program. This team will also be responsible for our 2nd Innovation Summit planned for Fall 2014.
SEDI Educational Outreach Center
This team is responsible for managing NAU internships and outreach, FUSD and public school outreach, and the Teacher Awards for Sustainability Curriculum. This team will enhance partnerships with educational institutions in the region and develop programs that bring them together with businesses to foster sustainability programs and educational opportunities, including placing interns within SEDI.
Explore Student Internship Opportunities with SEDI
In addition to volunteer opportunities, we have internship opportunities for students looking to gain valuable experience in their field of study as it relates to sustainable economic development. There are six areas of activity needing support:
(1) identifying opportunities and writing agency grants; (2) working with SEDI Institute teams on identifying sustainability best practices and developing sustainability policies for businesses and government, and assisting in putting together an executive conference on transitioning to a sustainable business model; (3) working with the SEDI Business Resource Center to implement micro-lending, supporting local entrepreneurs, and supporting and expanding our Green Business Network/Green Drinks program, and assisting in putting together our second Innovation Summit to be held in the fall of 2014; (4) assisting the SEDI Educational Outreach Center in developing programs that support sustainability; (5) working directly with the Executive Director in local government and business outreach, sustainability and economic development consulting, etc. ; (6) writing press releases and related articles for publication on SEDI activities in the region and on sustainability-focused issues. Specific tasks and responsibilities may include: assisting with sustainability policy research, assisting with the management of fundraising efforts and events; newsletter and web publishing; attending events and reporting on them; social media presence management; liaising with partners and managing contacts; and event coordination and staffing.
This program will provide interns with direct hand-on experience in a wide range of non-profit management activities, including strategic planning, program design and implementation, marketing and administration.
Strong writing, research, communication and computer skills are essential; web experience and proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel will be given priority. Must be able to multi-task, be extremely organized and have a meticulous attention to detail. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with strong interpersonal skills who is well organized, attentive to detail, and willing to participate in a variety of tasks as needed. A keen interest in SEDI’s mission and body of work and an awareness of current events are essential. Be skilled at internet research and able to digest large amounts of information into clear points.
Look for a New SEDI Website
To compliment our new focus, we are in the process of revamping our website! The new site will be designed for easy navigation, making it convenient for members of the community to gain access to the services we offer and other valuable resources. Our website will offer an online community forum to discuss sustainability and economic development and will highlight each of our initiatives featuring personal stories about the impacts of our efforts. We are excited about the potential of the new site to assist the community with sustainable economic development. Look for an announcement about the launch of the new site coming this fall.
Do You Teach Sustainability in the Classroom?
It's the beginning of the school year, and now is the time to start thinking about applications for the 5th annual Teach Awards for Sustainability Curriculum. The purpose of these awards is to recognize development and implementation of innovative educational approaches that instill in students the importance, value, and practicality of local environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainability. Selected recipients of the award will be formally recognized at the annual awards ceremony this coming spring.
Grade categories are pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. All classroom teachers in Coconino County, Winslow, and Verde Valley schools are eligible. Previous award winners can re-submit provided their application is based on new content. Teachers with curricula from ALL disciplines are encouraged to apply (e.g., history, English, math, sciences, economics, etc.!
An announcement will be sent out in the fall with application information.
Report from the Executive Director
Thank you for your continued interest and participation in SEDI activities! In the last month, we welcomed seven new members to the SEDI Board of Directors, finalized our committee structure for the year and those new committees will have their initial meetings this month. Our inaugural Wine in the Woods program with The Arboretum at Flagstaff is in full swing and will be a wonderful event on Sunday, September 15th! We have presented our proposal to the Flagstaff Community Foundation for micro-lending to encourage and support small and entrepreneurial businesses. We participated in community building and economic development meetings with Coconino Community College, ECoNA, FIBA, Arizona Forward, the Arizona Rural Development Council, Town of Camp Verde, City of Cottonwood and Town of Clarkdale. We facilitated a meeting on local food sovereignty. It has been an exciting month and we invite your continued participation as we work together to build a better community!|
Upcoming Green Drinks
Topic: The upcoming Wine in the Woods festival
All Green Drinks events are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Thanks to all our partners and supporters! SEDI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization that relies on its partners and others for continuing financial and in-kind support. Our primary partners include:
City of Flagstaff
Northern Arizona University
Arizona Public Service
Xanterra Parks & Resorts
SEDI advances sustainable economic development in the region by providing enabling, facilitating, and collaborative support to businesses, educational and government entities, and other organizations that are working to increase social equity, economic prosperity, and ecological health.