SCEN believes that local organizations are best positioned to bring about equitable and sustainable energy systems across the Southeast when they share a common vision and collaborate with a broad range of partners. To effectively collaborate across multiple states and issue areas, the network aims to leverage our collective power to provide leadership, training, funding and rapid response to threats to our members. Our main goal as an organization is to become a powerful, inclusive, diverse and interconnected Southeastern climate movement that strengthens capability and enables organizations to maximize impacts at a local and regional level, thereby building healthy, resilient and vibrant communities.
Justice: True sustainability and societal transformation must have the component of justice. Justice, to us, is inextricably linked with equity and focuses on repairing relationships, promoting fairness, and assuring that no one is left behind or discriminated against.
Equity: Like justice, equity means that people are treated fairly and their human rights and dignity are respected, but it also goes a step further. Equity is about meeting people where they are at, guaranteeing peoples’ voices are heard, and creating opportunities for people no matter their background.
Community: Without community, SCEN wouldn’t exist. Community is about forming and strengthening relationships, working together towards our common goals, and protecting each other through all adversities.
Impact: Our work must always result in positive impact, which we define as an action that changes society for the better, whether it be through the lens of environment, economic, or social developments. We understand that we are responsible for ensuring that we positively impact the South, and ultimately, the nation.