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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 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 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/
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 understanding of energy efficiency and renewable energies via a civic engagement opportunity. Students will discuss the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy and weigh in on energy policy.  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.

Through Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities, Campus and Course Conversations:
- Is easy to implement and is interesting for students
- Improves student engagement in getting to know each other across cultural and political divides, helping to reduce polarization and build understanding within our society
- Provides real world applications and critical thinking opportunities
- Improves students’ communication and civil discourse skills, helping them become better change agents
- Increases Civic Engagement and appreciation for democracy while reducing apathy

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.
Published by the USGBC Center for Green Schools, this plan represents the perspectives of the leading minds and the strongest champions of Education for Sustainability, together with one voice committing to a series of actions that will ensure that by 2040, every student graduating from a U.S. K-12 school will be equipped to shape a more sustainable future. AACC SEED Center Director Todd Cohen is a contributing author.
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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.
 This list of careers provides insight into the sustainability job market and offers information on pay scale, in addition to job descriptions.
Find a variety of webinars on air pollution understanding, assessment and management to use in the classroom or for extra-curricular learning opportunities.
 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.
 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.
 This collection of resources focuses on climate change and provides instructors and students with reports, presentations, graphics and additional websites to utilize for curricular and extra-curricular activities. Check out the Climate Change Glossary for vocabulary, definitions, source information and even links to more resources following each term.
 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.
 In this series, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reached by 2030 are discussed in detail with supporting documents and reports. Educators and students alike will find this information useful across the sustainability curriculum.
"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: http://earththeoperatorsmanual.com/for_educators
 HUD's Economic Resilience page offers educators and students a variety of resources, current topical news stories, and information on initiatives and programs created to promote a more sustainable economy.
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This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation