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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.


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 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

The Environmental Voter Project aims to increase voter demand for progressive environmental policy by transforming inactive environmentalists into consistent activists and voters. Materials can be used for civic engagement activities and assignments. Polls show that voters consistently rank environmental issues among their lowest concerns in every election, making these issues a low priority for policy makers as well. However, polls also show that tens of millions of non-voters strongly agree with progressive environmental policies. The Environmental Voter Project plans to turn these inactive environmentalists into consistent voters via use state-of-the-art social network incentives, big-data analytics, predictive modeling, and voter mobilization tools.

You can find them on Facebook HERE

 This report, from the well known Sustainable Development Solutions Network, is a collaboration of organizations and individual experts suggesting a framework for indicators for future development goals for sustainability and economic health and equity. The document explores the context and nature of 17 recommended goals, 169 targets, and corresponding indicators, before focusing in detail on each indicator.
 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, and each will be available for viewing after their original air dates.

Webinar 1: Sustainable Transportation Fuels - Anchoring Themes (May 29, 2015)
Webinar 2: Coupling the Electric Power & Transportation Sectors: Beyond Electric Vehicles (June 30, 2015)
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.
This short, dynamic Ted Talk demonstrates the unique power and responsibility of video as a tool to promote social change. This specific project about electronic waste stands as an example of how we can rethink the way we use both advertising and cause specific video in the digital age.
 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:
 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:
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.
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More Resources

 As the world reaches a new milestone in the amount of greenhouse gases trapped in the atmosphere, Scientific American takes a closer look at what this means for the global population and environment.
 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.
 The Tradepal app allows educators and sustainability coordinators to quickly list volunteer opportunities, zero-waste challenges, fundraising initiatives, etc. and connect directly with students by making information and resources readily available on their smartphones.
Experts from around the world contributed to this report to present findings and recommendations on the current production and use of bioenergy. It includes growth potential, and considers aspects such as land use, feedstock, technologies, impacts and policies.
 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.
 These webinars can be used in the classroom when studying climate change on a wide array of subtopics from disaster risk management to industry technologies, to policy. The international CTCN, hosted by the United Nations Environment Program, specializes in country-specific technology solutions, capacity building, advice on policy, and legal and regulatory frameworks.
"Earth: The Operator's Manual" is an informative video assessment of the Earth’s problems and possible solutions. See below for information on a Pentagon segment about climate change. Short video clips from the full-length program can be used in course lectures to educate students on a variety of topics, including: Humans and Energy, Wind and Efficiency, and CO2 and the Atmosphere. There is also a noteworthy segment titled "The Pentagon and Climate Change" explaining why the Pentagon accepts the reality of climate change and the need to take action on climate change for a variety of reasons, including national security.

More information and resources for educators can be found at:
A new mapping tool gives US citizens a detailed look at the environmental quality of their local neighborhood through a combination of environmental and demographic indicators in maps and reports. Statistics for air pollution, water quality, traffic levels and more are all included on the online map, which is freely available for anyone to use and makes a great teaching tool for educators. Students can use this tool to compare environmental statistics for their school's geographic area versus other colleges or contrast numerous neighborhoods and geographic regions.
 This report depicts how each of the 50 states in the US can reach their potential for wind energy through the use of next-generation larger wind turbines. A plethora of graphs, charts and maps accompany the text to give the reader a better understanding of wind generation potential.
 This three-part interactive infographic depicts how the energy system could evolve between the present day and 2050 through scenarios based on varying amounts of carbon-emissions reduction. This tool can be worked into college curricular materials to make a great educational tool for the classroom or student projects. The three focuses of the visualizations depicted are:

- The Emissions Reduction visualization allows users to quickly and easily see what impact countries, technologies and sectors may have on carbon dioxide emissions in the decades to come.

- The Energy Flows visualization focuses on the transport, industry and buildings sectors, highlighting the different fuels (from oil to biofuels), sectors (from petrochemicals to residential) and end uses (from water heating to lighting) that will be affected in the years ahead.

- The transport visualization lets users compare selected indicators, from annual roadway travel to roadway length, across countries and regions.
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This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation