“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
Former 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 480 community colleges are members of SEED, and more than 30 college presidents make up SEED’s Sustainability Task Force.
Learn more about who we are.
Over 500 green curricular and other resources curated by industry and higher education experts.
Professional development opportunities, including workshops, webinars, and mentoring sessions.
A National Awards Program
Sustainability is rooted in our mission—and community colleges connect with tens of millions of people who will be the sustainability leaders of tomorrow.
Community colleges in the United States have been referred to as the engines of higher education for a long time. Over recent decades, the community college network, including nearly 1,200 colleges, has had a positive impact on the lives of tens of millions of Americans, providing a pathway to a better life regardless of socioeconomic status and without encumbering students with unmanageable debt.
Explicit in the community college mission is this commitment to sustainability—building healthy and economically viable communities by preparing students for lifelong learning opportunities.
Because of our track record of bringing value to the lives of millions, and because of our steadfast commitment to a community-focused mission, community colleges are an essential vehicle for advancing the green economy by providing green education and promoting sustainability to a new generation of leaders.