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- SSI National Partnership Program (SSI NPP)
- Current SSI National Partners
- Becoming an SSI Partner
- Recognition Program
SSI National Partnership Program (SSI NPP)
The SSI works at the community-level to address local issues in a collaborative manner with a diverse group of public and private partners. Communities have an opportunity to tap into previously unavailable resources while providing additional organizations the opportunity to participate.
The goals of the SSI National Partnership Program (SSI NPP) are to support:
- SSI cities by providing resources, guidance, programs, opportunities, services, consultation, advice, or assistance for their SSI programs that may not otherwise have been available to them, and;
- SSI National Partners by raising visibility; providing recognition for their leadership, civic contributions and green credibility, and; opening up a wider audience for their products, services or expertise that can provide environmental benefit.
Current SSI National Partners
Pending: National Partner Applications under review
Potential partners will be asked to go through a two-phased partnership approach. Initially, national SSI Partners commit to providing certain resources and/or services to a specific number of SSI cities (identification of specific cities will likely be unknown at time of national commitment). As cities join the initiative, SSI staff will facilitate matching of National Partners with specific SSI cities that need their resources and/or services. The SSI National Partner will then work with the identified local community project team to determine if a local partnership is viable and, upon concurrence, will complete a Partner Application (PDF) (2pp, 47k) , or pledge, to provide the resources and/or services to the specific community. It should be noted that the action and/or contribution must be valid, above any required regulatory compliance, quantifiable, and verifiable.
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Becoming a SSI Partner
Any agency, company, or organization that has a service, expertise, or product that can help SSI cities generate emission reductions, or that wants to commit to decreasing their environmental footprint, is welcome to apply to be a SSI national partner. It should be noted that the expectation is not only for the partner to provide resources and/or support but to also be an active member of the locally-led project team. The general consensus is that the partnership includes a physical presence in the on-going development of the project. Partners can include such entities as:
- Federal agencies involved in energy, land use, transportation, and environmental issues;
- Retailers of “greening” technologies, e.g. electric mowers, energy efficient air conditioners or no-VOC coatings;
- Organizations that provide expertise, e.g. architects specializing in green building, organizations with visioning exercise experience, or professionals who plan transit-oriented developments; or
- Organizations with facilities that emit air pollution or greenhouse gases and will commit to reducing those emissions in SSI cities.
Participating as a SSI National Partner can provide a company or organization with the diverse benefits that come from embracing a green path. Major benefits will include the following:
- Recognition as SSI partner
- National partners will be identified on the SSI website and in various marketing materials as well as the local communities they have pledged support. Recognition and awards (e.g., plaques, certificates) will be presented to partners as they fulfill their commitments to the program.
- Recognition for positive environmental efforts
- SSI affiliation and support of local community efforts can provide positive public relations at a time when people are attracted to becoming “green.”
- Efficient delivery of resources
- Increased networking opportunities
- The expanding and interconnected network of partners will provide opportunities to interact and communicate with a range of complementary organization, allowing peer to peer sharing of information or working together on mutual objectives.
- Cost savings and tax advantages
- In some cases, partners may find cost savings or tax advantages for actions they may take. For example, energy savings reduce corporate energy costs and tax credits may be available for installing energy conservation or renewable energy generation equipment. (Each partner should work with their accountants and lawyers to ascertain where legal tax advantages apply.)