OUR STORY

2020

  • SCEN network is surveyed

  • SCEN launches its second strategic planning process with goal of producing a three-year strategic plan

  • SCEN receives generous funding support from individual donor Katrina Schaffer for years 2019 and 2020

  • SCEN relaunches existing working groups, while adding a third group through a coalition with the Southeast Faith Leaders Network

  • SCEN hosts its first ever virtual Network Convening

  • 2020 -SCEN begins the design and implementation of three new programs with multiple SCEN member organizational partners – Asset Mapping in the Southeast; Green New Deal for Southern Communities and the Climate Justice Y’all Podcast, while supporting the implementation of the South Carolina State Solar Initiative. Please visit our program section to learn more about our partners.

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2019

  • New SCEN institutional donors come into the fold, including Solutions Project, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, USCAN (member alignment grants), along with continued funding from The Mertz Gilmore Foundation

  • SCEN obtains 501c3 status

  • Organizational membership is formalized

  • SCEN launches paid fellowship program and hires its first Membership and Operations Coordinator

  • SCEN launches capacity building program pilot

  • 2019 -SCEN hosts network convenings in Birmingham, Alabama and Florence, South Carolina

2018

  • SCEN concludes strategic planning process, leading to a network wide survey that results in:

  • A decision that is also supported by USCAN for the SCEN network to become independent under a formalized membership structure

  • SCEN Steering Committee becomes its founding board of directors

  • Alexander Easdale is hired as Executive Director

  • SCEN hosts network convenings in Atlanta, Georgia and New Orleans, Louisiana

2017

  • Working groups are launched

  • SCEN hosts is first network convening in over two years in Richmond, Virginia

  • New Steering Committee is formed following the Richmond Convening

  • SCEN launches a strategic planning process in the Fall 2017

  • SCEN secures funding from The Mertz Gilmore Foundation

2016

  • Alexander Easdale replaces Rudi Navarra as SCEN’s Network Coordinator, in a consultant capacity

  • With CCP stayed at Supreme Court, SCEN begins to leverage the standing monthly call to highlight the work done by SCEN members throughout the Southeast, serving as the impetus for future working groups

  • SCEN surveys its entire network: Membership chooses two working groups (FRESH Energy Committee and Environmental Justice Working Group) and supports the idea of reconvening the network in person in 2017

  • SCEN participates in a coalition with reThink Energy Florida, SACE, League of Women Voters, Environment Florida, Climate Reality Project, Florida Solar Energy Industries Association, CLEO Institute among many others in the State of Florida to support passage of Amendment 4, which provides property tax breaks for people who install solar panels on their homes

2015

  • Joint regional summit between SCEN and Advancing Equity & Opportunity Collaborative (AEO) held at Highlander Center in Tennessee

  • 2015-2016 -SCEN develops a working structure around the Clean Power Plan that includes state leads and a monthly call replete with updates from the federal and state levels around the CCP

2013

  • Rudi Navarra replaces Kellyn Garrison as SCEN’s Network Coordinator

  • The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) voted to reinstate energy efficiency rules in the state In Louisiana thanks in large part to efforts led by a broad coalition of SCEN organizations that included the Alliance for Affordable Energy, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Global Green 

2010

  • After the failure of the Waxman-Markey climate bill in 2010, SCEN focused on enhancing the breadth and impact of its members while at the same time supporting national campaigns led by the broader climate community, including fighting threats to the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate pollution and emissions under the Clean Air Act, Congressional efforts to continue fossil fuel subsidies, breaking the grip of powerful investor-owned utilities, and ongoing damage to communities resulting from fuel extraction, like coal and natural gas hydraulic fracturing.  

  • 2010-2015 – Regional bi-annual summits are held in Atlanta, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; New Orleans, Louisiana; Raleigh, North Carolina; and St. Petersburg. Florida

2009

  • Seed funding from Energy Foundation and Merck Family Fund

  • SCEN hosts its first of many regional bi-annual summits in Charlotte, North Carolina

2008

  • Initially launched as a project of the US Climate Action Network (USCAN)

    • Stakeholders in the environmental community identified a clear gap and need for climate and clean energy organizing in the southeastern United States. 

    • SCEN’s initial focus is to coalesce a diverse network of organizations in the Southeast in support of a national effort for the Waxman-Markey Bill (American Clean Energy and Security Act), and to build more capacity in the region to effectively work on climate and clean energy issues on the local, state, and federal levels 

    • Initial participating groups included national organizations - such as Energy Foundation, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Interfaith Power & Light, and U.S. Climate Action Network and regional groups - such as the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Southern Environmental Law Center, among others

    • Kellyn Garrison is hired as SCEN’s first Network Coordinator and grows the network from a handful of organizations to more than 100 member organizations spread out across the Southeast in twelve Southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

    • Initial SCEN Steering Committee is formed

Connect with us

Alex Easdale – Executive Director
Phone: +1-954-673-7002

Email: Alex@scen-us.org

Sara Ochoa - Membership & Operations Coordinator
Phone: +1-786-818-7423

Email: Sara@scen-us.org

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