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Instructions

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.

Overview

 

How are the Resources Organized?

What are the Criteria?

Resources that are included in the SEED Center have been reviewed by the TAG and meet the following criteria:

  • Accessible and available for colleges to model and/or customize to their local labor markets
  • Not to be used as a means to market individual consultants or their products to AACC members
  • Promote colleges becoming generally more innovative

Additionally, be sure to check out our
Green Programs and Course Listings!
 

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 online resource library was created by campus sustainability professionals to enable members to share and learn about sustainability in higher education. Users can utilize filter, sort and search functions to find specific information or simply browse by topic. Resources are organized by sustainability topic and include: Curriculum, Research, Campus Engagement, Transportation and Investment, plus many more. Some of the resources are also open to non-members.
Climate Feedback is a new fact-checking tool that lets climate scientists review journalists’ articles on climate change and global warming and gives each story a credibility score. Furthermore, a browser extension is used to enable the scientists to comment on information within media stories so that anyone who installs the plug-in can see the commentary. By highlighting misinformation, a visual cue is being sent to the reader to be cognitively on guard, and thus misinformation is less likely to spread.
This call to action is directed toward all community college and university personnel to institutionalize clean energy usage and education into every higher education department and program.  It encourages interdisciplinary curricular and co-curricular activities that will promote energy efficiency at every level.  Included in this document is a list of significant clean energy informational resources.
See also the HEASC Call to Action Homepage.
 The EnviroAtlas provides users access to information that will encourage understanding of the benefits people receive from nature. Interactive tools and resources show how these "ecosystem goods and services" are critically important to human health and will encourage sustainable decision-making practices.
 This article counters the views of skeptics that believe the solar industry is too risky to invest in with information that shows how the solar industry has the ability to create real market competition in the distribution sector, while improving grid efficiency and putting more money in the pockets of middle-class Americans.
 This article discusses how the clean-energy industry will benefit from five-year tax credit extensions for solar and wind.
 The iPhone App ""Sweat & Toil: Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Around the World"" is a comprehensive resource to empower consumers with the information needed to educate themselves, make smarter buying decisions, and to take action toward a more sustainable future. With this app, users can:
- Check countries’ efforts to eliminate child labor
- Find child labor data
- Browse goods produced with child labor or forced labor
- Review laws and ratifications
- See what governments can to do end child labor
 This paper describes and analyzes a participatory backcasting teaching toolbox (PBTT) designed to develop skills required for sustainability change agents. The PBTT contains twelve modules and includes critical and systems thinking, future orientation, ability to work in trans-disciplinary frameworks, personal involvement, conflict resolution and consensus building. It further describes how the PBTT effects the development of students’ skills, as observed throughout ten teaching cases and discusses the potentials and limitations of the PBTT for building up sustainable development related skills.
 SDSNedu and its free video courses are designed to communicate key information from the world's leading experts on sustainable development. The videos help fill the knowledge gap about sustainable development and equip citizens everywhere to help move toward the Sustainable Development Goals. View "The Age of Sustainable Development," a definitive guide to the SDGs," "Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities," plus a mini-series course on the Pope’s Encyclical on integral ecology and more.
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
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More Resources

 This case study reports on the micro-credential framework being developed in order to create competency-based skills validation that can be more responsive to rapidly changing industry needs and cross-over skills required between allied industries. This will bring a new credentialing option to certified energy auditors in the U.S. who want to expand their home health assessment expertise and offer more comprehensive services in the residential sector.
 These guidelines are voluntary national standards to improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials for key energy-related jobs. Developed by the The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) along with industry stakeholder input, these guidelines will help develop high quality and nationally recognized training and certification programs.
 This online resource library was created by campus sustainability professionals to enable members to share and learn about sustainability in higher education. Users can utilize filter, sort and search functions to find specific information or simply browse by topic. Resources are organized by sustainability topic and include: Curriculum, Research, Campus Engagement, Transportation and Investment, plus many more. Some of the resources are also open to non-members.
 This initiative encourages civic engagement and skills for democracy among undergraduate students on critical national issues such as political engagement, stewardship of public lands and tackling America’s financial debt. It examines the roles and actions of government agencies, advocacy organizations, and citizens in trying to address problems and resolve conflicts through a blend of national and campus-centered activities.
 This report is a clean energy jobs analysis providing detailed breakdowns of clean energy jobs not available previously. According to the findings, energy efficiency is by far the nation’s largest clean energy sector, employing 2.5 million Americans. The country's clean energy jobs market is huge and will continues to create more jobs which could be accelerated through stronger energy policies.
(Released March 2016)
Climate Feedback is a new fact-checking tool that lets climate scientists review journalists’ articles on climate change and global warming and gives each story a credibility score. Furthermore, a browser extension is used to enable the scientists to comment on information within media stories so that anyone who installs the plug-in can see the commentary. By highlighting misinformation, a visual cue is being sent to the reader to be cognitively on guard, and thus misinformation is less likely to spread.
 This series of articles and videos from National Geographic, featuring scientists from around the world, focus on three key issues regarding climate change:
1) How do we know it's happening?
2) How do we fix it?
3) How do we live with it?
 Community Energy Conversations encourages understanding and civic engagement for positive change through improved civil discourse skills, helping participants understand how energy issues affect them, and assisting people with polarized perspectives find common ground to address issues.  Activities can also be used in college communities for civic engagement activities or by faculty as course assignments. Also see Campus and Course Conversations.
This call to action is directed toward all community college and university personnel to institutionalize clean energy usage and education into every higher education department and program.  It encourages interdisciplinary curricular and co-curricular activities that will promote energy efficiency at every level.  Included in this document is a list of significant clean energy informational resources.
See also the HEASC Call to Action Homepage.
 The EnviroAtlas provides users access to information that will encourage understanding of the benefits people receive from nature. Interactive tools and resources show how these "ecosystem goods and services" are critically important to human health and will encourage sustainable decision-making practices.
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This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation