Supporting community colleges in educating for and building a green economy
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About SEED

What is SEED

 “I want to encourage community college presidents to get involved. Through your leadership, we can make sustainability into a major driver of economic growth, creating new jobs and entirely new occupations. Your leadership, and successive efforts like SEED, will be critical to that effort”

- Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education

A FREE initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges and ecoAmerica, the Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center aims to advance sustainability and clean technology education programs at community colleges by sharing innovative practices to help college administrators, faculty, and staff build the green economy. More than 470 community colleges are members of SEED, and more than 30 college presidents make up SEED’s Sustainability Task Force.

SEED Offers:

Why Community Colleges and Sustainability:

The clean energy and green economy presents an unprecedented opportunity to grow American prosperity. Billions of dollars stand to be generated and saved using energy and other resources more wisely, drawing on non-polluting energy and material sources that never run out, and otherwise developing our world more sustainably.

Given the community college role in building a flexible workforce, our work to prepare students for long-term career options, our direct ties to industry, and our commitment to building healthy communities, community colleges are an essential vehicle for advancing the clean technology economy and promoting sustainability to a new generation of leaders.
This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation