Sustainable Southeast Partnership Introduction

Installing a solar array as a demonstration project in Kake, Alaska.

The Sustainable Southeast Partnership is part of a world-wide transformation in how human societies think about and work on conservation and human well-being. In Africa and Europe, Australia and Canada, the United States and Latin America; people are coming together in rural communities to find solutions to the challenge of balancing ecological integrity with community health and prosperity. Rural communities are particularly hard-pressed to adapt to globalization and in some areas people are responding in a very proactive way. In fact, there is a growing recognition that the balance we seek between humanity and the rest of the biosphere can be uniquely informed by seeking a balance between people and place in rural communities. The clear interdependence of nature and society, and the “human-scale” of rural life provides a wonderful opportunity to better understand how to achieve a balance between social, environmental and economic values – what many call the “Triple Bottom Line“. We are very excited about joining the forefront of a global transformation in society and offering our own region’s unique challenges to the world’s school of sustainability.

The SSP is in the early stages of what we expect will be a long term effort. We have quickly learned that there is a tremendous amount of capacity available for sustainable development in Southeast Alaska but as a region we still have a long way to go in coordinating and integrating and learning from the various efforts.

The SSP is being developed to assist with coordination, integration and shared-learning and to add to the collective impact of existing and new efforts in community sustainability. We have already successfully partnered with a number of tribal, city, and federal governments as well as businesses and NGOs. Of course for this program to succeed we will need a significant increase in cooperation between a wide range of stakeholders and it is likely that if what you read here resonates you can probably help. Please explore this website and contribute some comments or contact us directly using the link above if you would like to share your ideas.

To learn more about how the program got started, click here to read about our genesis.