SASD | Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development
Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Sullivan County, NY. Our mission is to promote a new standard for mindful development that is environmentally responsible, socially equitable and economically just; to inspire the residents of Sullivan County to embrace the principles and practices of sustainability as personal and civic values; and to make energy efficiency and renewable energy accessible for all.
SASD is a knowledgeable and trusted resource for information on issues critical to the goal of sustainability, including climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, sustainable agriculture, and related opportunities for the creation of a robust local economy.
Energy Projects: SASD has secured more than $1.6 million in grants on behalf of Sullivan County businesses, farms, community organizations and municipalities, and served as advisor on numerous projects. SASD’s efforts have fostered more than $4.5 million in wind, solar electric, solar-thermal and geo-thermal installations, feasibility studies and energy efficiency retrofits. In addition to generating local economic activity, these projects help reduce overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieve substantial energy cost savings for Sullivan County residents, farmers, businesses, and towns. In 2015, SASD developed a proposal for a Sullivan County Community Choice Aggregation project, which will lower electricity costs for County residents and small businesses and speed the transition to renewable energy. SASD continues to refine the proposal to align with new regulations issued by the NYS Public Service Commission in 2016.
Policy Initiatives: Since 2009, SASD has served as consultant to the Sullivan County Legislature to advise and provide project support for energy policy and management in County operations. These efforts have resulted in solar installations at two County facilities and the development of a comprehensive action plan to reduce GHG emissions and address the impacts of climate change on public health and safetyand the County’s economy. In 2016, these efforts continue as SASD identifies new opportunities for energy efficiency, waste reduction, renewable energy and sustainable operations for municipalities, homeowners and businesses; advises municipal officials about the changing landscape of renewable energy programs and incentives; and works with six towns to develop individualized energy and climate action strategies.
Education: SASD’s outreach includes forums, workshops, presentations to town boards and citizengroups, publications, and promotion of free home energy audits and residential energy retrofits. In 2014 and 2015, SASD partnered with NACL Theatre and the Town of Highland on The Weather Project, a multidisciplinary exploration of the weather, from folklore to cutting edge climate science. In February2014, SASD’s Weather Project Climate Change Symposium brought together artists and scientists from many disciplines to explore positive actions to reduce the impact of climate change. In 2016, SASD Board members are focusing on issues of poverty, food security, environmental justice and the need to make the benefits of high performance buildings and energy systems available to all. In 2018 and 2019 SASD has been securing grants to provide education to children and adults, in the benefits of healthy eating and gardening practices.