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The Resource Center organizes resources around 7 green economy “Sectors” and 7 “Topics.”

Search by sector or by topic, or across all sectors and/or all topics. Or search by keyword at the top right of this page.

Submit your curriculum and other resources to this database.

Solar

The solar industry is expected to show steady growth over the coming decade largely due to rising energy prices, advances in technology through public/private partnerships and investments, and continued enactment of federal and state policies and financial incentives. more >>

- Also see General Clean Tech for more helpful resources.

Wind

Wind power is considered a leading source of new electricity generation in the United States, with the potential of providing 20% of the nation’s energy needs by 2030. more >>

- Also see General Clean Tech for more helpful resources.

Green Building

The green building market has expanded five fold over the last three years to a $48 billion national market—and is projected to triple in the next five years. more >>

- Also see General Clean Tech for more helpful resources.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is considered the foundation of a vibrant and sustainable green economy, and one of the most cost effective ways to lower energy consumption, reduce operating costs, and mitigate carbon emissions. more >>

- Also see General Clean Tech for more helpful resources.

Sustainability Education

Sustainability education refers generally to learning experiences that enable students to develop the knowledge, behaviors and skills to help create healthier ecosystems, social systems, and economies. For the purposes of the SEED Center, this includes resources to help build non-credit continuing education for the incumbent workforce and integrating sustainability curriculum into existing credit programs. more >>

- Also see General Clean Tech for more helpful resources.

Sustainable Ag., Food & Land

The Sustainable Ag., Food & Land sector covers the areas of organic farming, horticulture, culinary art, and landscaping. This sector includes organizations and resources that integrate environmental, social and economic factors into land use, food preparation, and land specific practices in an attempt to create a more sustainable future. more >>

General Clean Tech

The General Clean Tech sector is a space for resources that encompass multiple ‘green’ sectors. Many are applicable to the broader clean economy and sustainability-related technology and will serve the general clean tech community. Resources also provide valuable information on sectors that are experiencing substantive development in the sustainability realm, like manufacturing and smart grid. more >>

Transportation and Fuels

The Transportation & Fuels sector covers the area of electric and hybrid vehicle development and maintenance, other forms of alternative and sustainable transportation, natural gas, fuel cells, battery storage, and renewable fuels sources including ethanol, biodiesel, algae, and methane. more >>

- Also see General Clean Tech for more helpful resources.

Certifications and Industry Credentials

Certainly, one of the biggest challenges facing green educators is the rapid and mostly uncoordinated emergence of green certifications and credentials. more >>
 

Curricular Materials

These resources and materials have been vetted by industry and education experts, and while not in the form of specific educator tools, will assist in creating quality curricula for your classroom. more >>

You will find more specific educator tools (e.g. syllabi, lab manuals, lesson plans, special classroom projects, equipment lists, etc.) submitted by SEED member colleges in our Curricular Materials Sharing Portal.

Employment Industry Projections

While job training providers have been quite active in past years working with local industry to define the emerging green jobs market and potential job growth areas, most still struggle to forecast accurately regional occupational demand. The U.S. Department of Labor has made recent strides toward classifying green occupations and competencies which will help communities define and track green jobs (and colleges to design appropriate education and training programs). Given the uncertain renewable energy and efficiency industry outlook, and rapidly changing technologies, access to the most up-to-date industry studies and employment projections will be critical. more >>

Innovative Practices & Partnerships

The job creation potential of the green economy has led to some unique job training and economic development partnerships and collaborations. more >>

Professional Development Resources

This section includes promising facilitated learning opportunities, including “train the trainer” programs, standing conferences, and informal learning opportunities situated in practice for faculty and staff seeking to further their knowledge of industry trends and requirements. more >>

Policy & Funding Sources

Included you will find links and descriptions of agencies and organizations that typically fund sustainability and green job training initiatives as well as those that provide important information on national legislation and policies relevant to the clean energy sector. CHECK BACK AS MORE ARE ADDED. This section also highlights resources that provide guidance on how to supply input into program and grant design for certain agency solicitations. more >>

Skill sets, Competencies & Career Pathways

This section includes lists and assessments of skill sets and competencies tied to the green economy – across the broad industry as well as within specific sectors. It also includes some critical resources that colleges can use to align programs and facilitate student transitions. Included are green energy competency models and newly-developed career pathways that allow movement across educational and training programs. more >>

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Featured Resources

 This resource provides college students with searchable listings of available clean energy jobs to help them prepare for and find renewable energy careers. Also, check out their suggested Reading List for more information on the green energy sector.
 This article, on the state of green careers, provides information and resources for educators and students on current sustainable career trends and projections. Links to websites featuring sustainability related job offerings, disciplinary based sustainability associations, higher education consortia, and career pathways for students are included.
 The National League of Cities' Sustainable Cities Institute provides vetted and practical resources to identify and implement solutions to advance cities and sustainability professionals' goals and to help them strengthen their communities. This site offers a robust collection of city profiles, case studies, model policies, and communication tools for providing elected leaders, staff, and engaged stakeholders a set of resources to guide and catalyze action across a range of topics such as transit-oriented development, green infrastructure, energy efficiency, complete streets, urban agriculture and recycling.
The Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels Forum is designed as an open platform to encourage conversations between transportation fuels industry researchers, policy makers, vehicle manufacturers, fuel producers and users. This forum includes a free webinar held in four monthly sessions.

Webinar 1: Sustainable Transportation Fuels - Anchoring Themes (May 29, 2015)
Webinar 2: Coupling the Electric Power & Transportation Sectors: Beyond Electric Vehicles (Date TBA)
Webinar 3: Recycling CO2 to Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuels (Date TBA)
Webinar 4: Challenges and Opportunities in Designing Good Metrics to Assess Promise (Date TBA)

The following two reports provide an excellent introduction to the challenges and opportunities in moving to a low carbon or de-carbonized fuels future. The first, by BSR, The Sustainability Impacts of Fuels, focuses on trucks, but covers a lot of ground important to all fuel uses. The other is the 13 page introductory chapter of Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways: A Research Summary for Decision Makers, a book being prepared at UC Davis.
 The Security and Sustainability Forum provides webinars on a vast array of subjects both local and international, including topics such as: climate, renewable energy, urbanization, and professional certifications. These online educational presentations will be highly useful in developing curricular materials on an array of sustainability topics. Also, be sure to check out their extensive archive of webinars at: http://securityandsustainabilityforum.org/archives/webinars
 This short but powerful video outlines an extremely comprehensive, up-to-date assessment of climate change: the IPCC's Fifth Assessment and Synthesis Report. The video gives an overview of this document, written and explained in such terms that policy makers can better understand and accept the science provided within the report to effectively deal with the world's changing climate, which is also a valuable classroom tool. To view the written report, visit: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/
More than 80 people participated in CEREL's recent Energy Innovation Conference at Argonne National Lab. Speakers included; Kristina Johnson, CEO of Enduring Hydro who served as Under Secretary of Energy from 2009-2011; Congressmembers Randall Hultgren (R-IL), Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and Bill Foster (D-IL) along with many scientists, engineers and others from business, academia, government and civil society. Presentations and videos of talks are posted on the CEREL meeting website.
This mid-year update to the Green Transition Inflection Point: Green Transition Scoreboard® 2013 Report provides a succinct summary of the Green Transition Scoreboard® and delves into specific trends. The 2012 mid-year Update looked closely at the Corporate R&D sector. This report investigates the trends growing the Renewable Energy and Green Construction sectors and looks forward to the 2014 report in which the Green Transition Scoreboard® team will expand and refine its sectors.
 Adapted from the website, "Living Room Conversations," in which participants discuss prevalent themes regarding global resilience, "Campus and Course Conversations" goes a step further to call participants to action. These activities can be used by faculty as course assignments and by staff as campus or community activities. They will increase skills for civil discourse, reducing political polarization and stalemate, while increasing the use of energy efficiency and renewable energies via a civic engagement opportunity. This resource provides support for people to merge ideas and engage in actions geared toward creating a safe operating space for humanity on Earth, regardless of race, religion or political beliefs.
Utilize this report when developing curriculum materials for city resilience. Presented here, the framework for city resilience is intended to: establish dialog and deeper understanding of what will make cities more resilient; to generate new ideas and opportunities; and to engage new players in civil society, government and business.
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More Resources

 The AEL Tracker database contains advanced energy legislation across all 50 states. Advanced energy encompasses energy efficiency, demand response, natural gas electric generation, solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, electric vehicles, biofuels and smart grid. The database also includes other legislation that would either reduce or increase the market share for advanced energy. AEL Tracker organizes legislation into the following policy categories: Electricity Generation; Energy Efficiency; Financing; Regulatory; Natural Gas; Emissions; Transportation; Infrastructure; Economic Development; Other Energy. In total, the Tracker database provides current legislative language, recent actions, bill sponsor information, and policy trend analysis.
 When teaching about climate policy, law and economics, this study from Next 10 assesses the economic impacts of a variety of policy approaches towards greenhouse gas reduction targets. While the publication is based on California's climate goals, the information presented is applicable for a variety of governments and organizations.
 After decades of discussion about the need to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, the EPA proposed a commonsense plan in 2014 to cut carbon pollution from power plants.  The plan is designed to maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment. This resource follows the proposal as it makes its way through the legal system and provides updates and information about important dates in the proposal's future.
 Arup, Siemens and RPA have conducted research and collected resources related to the role of technology in enhancing the resilience of cities and their critical infrastructure systems. Online resources include transportation, building systems, water management, and the electricity grid.
By sharing curricular materials related to building science, The Joint Committee on Building Science Education aims to improve development and effectiveness of green building design and construction programs.
 This resource provides college students with searchable listings of available clean energy jobs to help them prepare for and find renewable energy careers. Also, check out their suggested Reading List for more information on the green energy sector.
 The Energy Literacy Initiative produced the Energy Literacy Video Series and the Energy Literacy Quick Start Guide aligned with the Department of Energy’s, Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education Framework. The videos help to engage students on the 7 Principles of energy outlined in the Framework.
The framework, lessons and guides are aligned to Common Core Standards and the Next Generation of Science Standards. The new Energy Literacy Video series and guides are a collaborative project with DOE, American Geosciences Institute, and the National Center for Science Education.
 The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) is a resources that ranks countries across the globe on how well they perform with high-priority environmental issues. The two areas they are graded in are: protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. In addition to an interactive map of results and a break down of many of the environmental issues countries are graded on (water and sanitation, energy, air quality, etc.), educators and students will also find access to news articles, case studies and blogs on related topics.
 Students can utilize this resource to determine what they desire in a career and how to work towards that goal, including internship options and information on creating a job that does not yet exist.
 The World Resources Institute's Aqueduct Global Flood Analyzer helps municipalities forecast and quantify the human and economic consequences of floods under a variety of scenarios. It also allows city officials to gauge how much potential damage could be avoided with flood protection such as dams, levees and improved land use management.
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This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation