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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

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.
The Clean Energy Solutions Center serves as a first-stop clearinghouse of clean energy policy reports, data and tools, and provides interactive expert assistance and training forums. The Solutions Center is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. The Solutions Center also receives support from a unique partnership with UN-Energy, the United Nations’ interagency mechanism to scale-up global clean energy use.
The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Low Emission Development Global Partnership (LEDS GP), offered this webinar series on planning and financing sustainable, low-carbon urban transportation, with six individual webinars. View the recordings on this website.
Climate Explorer is a wonderful tool with which to explore the potential impacts of climate change on local or world-wide ecosystems, and would be useful as visuals in a lecture or for the creation of assignments or extra-curricular projects. It is a research platform offering interactive graphs and maps for comparing historic and current weather patterns and identifying climate shifts. The graphs and maps provided can be over-laid with rainfall and temperature information; plus, different themes are available for study, such as: "Climate Stressors" and "People and Assets Impacted." Maps can also be utilized to focus on very specific regions or topics, for example: coastal flood risks and ecosystem vulnerability. For long-term climate analysis information, be sure to check out "Climate at a Glance," found at: https://toolkit.climate.gov/tool/climate-glance
 This report shows how the US can reduce greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050.
This report was issued by the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network's Financing Solutions Working Group and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The report makes the case for establishment of common data collection practices for energy efficiency lending. (July 2014)
Check out these great resources from Energy Star for higher education. On this webpage you will find reading lists, syllabi, funding guidance, and other helpful resources.
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 This essential material is for use in all energy related courses and informal energy education settings .  It describes how humans can move to a sustainable energy future via a complete conversion from the current fossil fuel based energy system to the use of renewables (e.g. solar, wind, and hydro systems). Links to many articles and studies are provided, including: energy roadmaps for all 50 US states, comparisons of energy and transportation technologies, plus interviews and presentations from a variety of sources.
 This article showcases the spread and benefits of clean energy usage in both large and small businesses throughout the state of California over several decades. Educational and informative materials are presented through a variety of reports, maps, surveys, case studies, and interviews. These materials focus on how the implementation of AB 32 is currently supporting sustainable energy practices across California and how it can secure a sustainable energy future for the state via energy generation practices, energy efficiency, transportation, green building, etc.
 This resource provides links to eleven different phone apps for use at local supermarkets and farmers markets. These apps support healthier food selection with such information as which fruits and vegetable are generally low in pesticides or which foods or brands are better for the environment.
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 five-step assessment tool gauges your climate change vulnerability and assists in the creation and implementation of an adaptation strategy. While developed for use in the U.K., its approach has many takeaways for organizations and colleges in the U.S.
 This report, available for free download, outlines how an integrated approach to a local sustainable economy will best meet the challenges of our growing energy demands and the need for sustainable livelihoods. Introduce or delve further into this subject with seven chapters on such topics as: sustainability in the metropolis, the tie between economic and ecological sustainability, and post-carbon economic policy building.
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.
An in-depth guide to careers and degree programs in the "green" sector. This resource begins with a comprehensive look at green industries and then dives into specific professional and educational options in fields such as sustainability, renewable energy, green construction, recycling and more. Key elements of the guide include: “Trends Fueling Green Careers,” “Where Green Jobs Grow”, "green" degree paths, internships by field, and “green” scholarship opportunities.
 The Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program now offers free training courses with continuing education units (CEUs) awarded upon the successful completion of elect courses. Courses range in skill level from beginner to advanced and are available via internet, seminar, in person, and webinar. Course topics include: energy efficient technologies, renewable energy, labs and data centers, water use reduction, sustainability and institutional change, etc.
 This suite of resources presents plans for both the Untied States and the world on how to meet energy needs now with renewable energies and energy efficiency that will pay for themselves while creating jobs. The information presented is expanded upon with links to a multitude of studies, interviews, presentations and articles.
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This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation