Spring 2018 
Welcome to The Sustainable Southeast Partnership (SSP) .  We are a diverse network of organizations and individuals working together to meet the challenge of sustainable community development in Southeast Alaska.

It is our collective mission to empower rural Alaskan communities to reach cultural, ecological and economic prosperity.

The Southeast is welcoming spring with open arms. The earth is thawing, the days are longer, people are gardening and our partnership is welcoming new faces. SSP partners are gearing up for a busy field season and we have a lot to share!
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Klawock Waterfront, Photo by Bethany Goodrich

From Vision to Reality: Building a Partnership
Recognizing Alana Peterson 

Written by Paul Hackenmueller, Program Director
One of my favorite parts of this newsletter is that it gives us the chance to highlight someone from the network who has put admirable effort into a project, done a great job of supporting others' work, or shown the rest of us how to grow as a catalyst, as a professional, and as a person. It is my privilege to celebrate this month's Catalyst of the Quarter: Alana Peterson.

Alana has been SSP Program Director since 2014, and while her title doesn't say 'catalyst,' you'd be hard pressed to find a partner who wouldn't point out that for the past four years she's been catalysing all of us .  A network of this size, with this many diverse individuals, with this many partner organizations, with this many projects , requires creativity, grit, and a belief in our shared vision, which of course Alana has.  But what's impressed me about Alana is the way she has embraced the how and the why of SSP, and models it on a daily basis in her work as director. Her approach is based on trust, respect, and a continual push to make us better collaborators.

Earlier this year Alana announced she'd be stepping down as Program Director. Those of us who attended the spring retreat in March had a chance to say thank you in person, but it's high time she's recognized here.  So, Alana thank you again for your leadership these past four years, and for being a resource, a mentor and a friend to the entire network. We look forward to continuing  to work with with you in a new capacity. 

SSP Reconnects in Juneau for Spring Retreat
Welcoming our New Program Director and Long-time Partner, Paul Hackenmueller

Written by Paul Hackenmueller, Program Director 

SSP's annual spring retreat was in Juneau, March 7-9. This three day workshop gave catalysts and partners a chance to reflect on the growth of the network, learn new tools to apply to their work, grapple with questions about growing SSP, and (of course!) reconnect.  Over 35 individuals from 20+ organizations attended the event, from longtime partners and host organizations to new friends in new communities.  

Each SSP retreat has a different flavor, if you will, and this spring we spent our time and energy thinking about the future.  As the network grows, we want to ensure partner communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals are empowered to participate in ways that contribute to our region's resiliency.  Maintaining equity and inclusion while strengthening the network in an uncertain funding landscape is of critical importance, and participants embraced these discussions with gusto.

One other important event to come out of the week was the announcement of a new SSP Program Director. The SSP Steering Committee opened the position to existing SSP catalysts and selected me - hi, I'm Paul.  I've been working at Spruce Root as the Regional Catalyst for Economic Development for the past three years. I've worked closely with Alana and have learned a great deal about our southeast communities, collaboration, and trust from each of the catalysts I've met. It has been a true pleasure to work with this group. I will be visiting each of the SSP communities in the coming months, and look forward to connecting with each of you soon.

On the ride home on the final day, I was exhausted, of course, by the intensity of the discussions, but invigorated and encouraged by the passion of the people in the room and filled with a sense that the work we're doing just might be the start of something big. Something that helps drive us toward a more resilient and, yes, sustainable Southeast.

The beauty of commutes between Southeast Alaskan Communities, Photo by Bethany Goodrich
SSP Tours Indigenous Guardians Programs in British Columbia, Photo by Bob Christensen
Building an Indigenous Guardians Network
Southeast Alaskans Convene in Juneau to Discuss Connecting Stewardship Programs

Written by Christine Woll, Southeast Alaska Program Director of The Nature Conservancy

In late January, the Sustainable Southeast Partnership, Kai Environmental, and The Nature Conservancy hosted an event focused on developing a community-led vision for an Indigenous Guardian Watchman support network within Southeast Alaska. Indigenous Guardian Watchmen programs have been successful in other parts of the world including in our southern neighbor, British Columbia. These networks support community land and resource stewardship by connecting existing local programs, aspiring community leaders and natural resource managers. The network provides technical and social support to strengthen community-based stewardship region-wide.
Participants were eager and excited to explore possibilities in Southeast Alaska.
Over 35 participants representing 11 different communities and many different organizations met in Juneau. Representatives from British Columbia's Coastal Stewardship Network also attended to share stories of their work. The vision for the network expressed by the community leaders included operating on the scale of millennia to ensure lands, air, and water exist for future generations; relying on traditional values and knowledge; connecting youth and elders to traditional territories; exercising authority and practicing co-management.  
Major takeaways of the dialogue were: participants want to establish a formal but unburden-some network; that there is a lot of work already happening, and this is about connecting those efforts; that the work isn't a project, it's a process and involves changing mindsets about the way we work; and that the true value of the network will be sharing, not competing.

Partners are now moving forward with developing options for what the structure of the network could look like. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to us at info@sustainablesoutheast.net. 

Hoonah City Administrator Dennis Gray trolls for salmon in local waters, Bethany Goodrich
Charting a Course for Prosperity in Isolated Rural Alaska
Collaborative Economy Building in Hoonah

Written by Bethany Goodrich for Alaska Business Monthly

Dennis Gray Jr. sets his fishing gear with a calm and practiced rhythm in the Gulf of Alaska, south of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.  "My ancestors have fished these waters since the last Ice Age," Gray says as he slides his knife through the crimson gills of a coho salmon.

Gray is a fourth-generation commercial fisherman. He's also the city administrator for Hoonah, a Tlingit village carved into the slender coast of Chichagof Island.
Aboard his humming freezer troller, Gray relies on a time-tested strategy: selecting hoochies and flashers, adjusting depth and speed to catch salmon.

But back in town, he and his community of 800 concentrate their efforts on another silvery target: building prosperity in rural Alaska.

Kristi Styers smiles in front of her restaurant. The Fisherman's Daughter features locally caught seafood
Home Energy Leaders Program
Building Community Capacity for Energy Efficiency in Rural Alaska

Written by Shaina Kilcoyne, Deputy Director of The Renewable Energy Alaska Project

Eight Energy Leaders have been trained to identify low cost energy savings in Yakutat, Hoonah, Kake, Angoon and Metlakatla. Energy Leaders are trained to assess heating and electric bills, look at appliances, heating systems and windows and doors, and even calculate your lighting costs.  Participants may receive power strips and up to five LED bulbs to help reduce energy costs. Weather stripping and foam outlet covers are also available to reduce drafts. Homeowners and renters are eligible.

The HELP program is building capacity for local energy leadership in rural Alaska.

Shaina Kilcoyne trains energy leaders across rural Southeast Alaska
Sealaska Announces Carbon Offset Program
Regional Native Corporation Protects Thousands of Acres of Forest for 110 Years

Provided by Sealaska
Sealaska received approval from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to designate 165,000 acres of forested land for use as a carbon bank. The Sealaska Native Alaskan Forestry Project is the first Alaska project to be issued carbon offset credits. It's also the second largest amount of credits issued to a single organization.

Sealaska's carbon project came about as a result of discussions and input from local Southeast Alaska communities about the future of its forestry operations and maximizing the full potential of its people. Sealaska listened to their needs and concerns and believes that the carbon bank is an innovative solution that creates value for Sealaska shareholders now and into the future.

The project includes sensitive areas such as watersheds that serve as important sources of drinking water for traditional communities in Hydaburg and Hoonah and critical habitat for salmon and other wildlife throughout Sealaska lands. Sealaska chose watersheds and fish habitat areas because they are committed to the health and productivity of our ocean waters and marine environment, which reinforces the regional corporation's new strategic direction.

The proceeds from the carbon credits will be invested back into Sealaska shareholders, businesses and communities for generations to come

  Read the Full Story Here.
Salt & Soil Marketplace Opens for 2nd Season
Written by Colin Peacock, Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition
Salt & Soil Marketplace is Southeast Alaska's online farmers market. Each week, members in Juneau and Haines shop for the freshest local produce, seafood, wild foods, and other goods listed by Southeast based vendors. After ordering online, members head to a distribution location to pick up their box of local goodies. This year we'll be operating two distribution hubs in Juneau, and one in Haines.

We ended last year with an incredibly popular November holiday market and went into winter with great satisfaction knowing that the first pilot year exceeded our expectations! We are currently looking for more vendors in anticipation of an even busier 2018 season.

The Juneau marketplace is open for orders and the Haines marketplace will open in early May.

Path to Prosperity Announces 2017 Winners
Supporting Sustainable and Innovative Alaskan Entrepreneurs

Written by Paul Hackenmueller, Spruce Root 
Mighty Bear Roots in Wrangell and Hoonah's Game Creek Family Orchards will each receive prizes of $25,000 for winning top honors in the Path to Prosperity business competition. Mighty Bear Roots is an aeroponic greenhouse start-up that will provide the community of Wrangell with a local source of fresh healthy produce. "The Path to Prosperity has really helped us organize our thinking around our business" says Dixie Booker, the company's co-founder.

Game Creek Family Orchards supplies fruit trees, tree maintenance and support services, and fresh, locally grown apples to and Southeast Alaska.  After years of experimenting with local and disease resistant rootstocks, Game Creek Family Orchards has developed a reputation for producing apple trees uniquely crafted to thrive in Southeast Alaska.

P2P was sponsored in 2017 by SSP members Spruce Root, Inc. and The Nature Conservancy, and the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition.  The program grows entrepreneurs whose businesses will have a positive economic, social and environmental impact on communities all across Southeast Alaska.  

Applications for the 2018 Competition are Due May 31st. Application Materials Can be Found and Submitted on the Spruce Root Website.
Welcome Ashley, Terry, and Joshua
SSP Celebrates New Catalysts 

SSP is excited to announce the addition of three new catalysts to our team. Ashley Snookes is the Programs Manager at Spruce Root and the Local Business Catalyst with the Sustainable Southeast Partnership. Joshua Peele is the Hydaburg Community Catalyst with Hydaburg Cooperative Association. And, Terry West is the Kasaan Community Catalyst with the Organized Village of Kasaan. Welcome to the Partnership! 

Job Opportunities within the SSP

Local Foods Director, Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition

Attention local foods lovers, the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition is seeking a motivated, energetic, organized leader for their Local Foods Program. The successful candidate will work with partners of the Sustainable Southeast Partnership and other community groups to promote stewardship of edible natural resources, forge resilient food systems that decrease dependence on outside food sources, and spark food-based business startups. Learn more here.

Executive Director, Spruce Root Community Development

The Executive Director is responsible for executing and directing Spruce Root's operations and carrying out the mission of the organization. The Executive Director is fully responsible for financial (P&L) oversight of the organization, maintaining a strong and growing balance sheet, and capitalization of the CDFI to meet strategic growth goals. Learn more here. 

What is the Sustainable Southeast Partnership?

The Sustainable Southeast Partnership is a diverse network of organizations and individuals working together to reach cultural, ecological and economic prosperity for our communities and region. 

The Sustainable Southeast Partnership includes the rural Alaskan communities of  KakeKasaan Hydaburg   Hoonah   Sitka, Klawock  and  Yakutat   .
If you or your community has announcements or media posts please consider sharing them in our quarterly newsletter! Reach out to us at info@sustainablesoutheast.net .