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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

 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, 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.
 This resource provides access to additional educational resources from SEED Center partners and corporate sponsors. Pearson is the global leader in education publishing, providing quality educational solutions that span the post-secondary learning spectrum from college and career training through graduate studies and professional training and development. Please explore this bookstore for all your sustainability needs. We’re just getting started, so please keep checking back for updates and new materials.
 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

Download this free e-book from the from the Regenerative Leadership Institute on sustainable living and permaculture design.
Agriculture of the Middle has produced three sets of curricular resources on value-based food supply chains for university-level business and economics courses. Course instructors can use these curricular resources to explain the differences between mainstream and value-based food supply chains. Case studies provide a foundation for analysis and discussion of concepts such as sustainable supply chain management and new generation cooperatives.
The U.S. Farm Bill has impacts on agriculture, on people,  and on the health of essential ecosystems in the U.S. and around the world.  This citizen's oriented site can be used to broach this subject in classes from the perspective of teaching civic engagement around agricultural policy.
From John Hopkins University, explore these resources connecting healthy eating and sustainability. The link for the JHSPH Open Courseware project connects to lecture materials and other resources on Food Production, Public Health and the Environment as well as a case study in Baltimore. The Eating for the Future Program integrates scientific evidence to guide its technical assistance and leadership support in efforts to increase community food security, promote eat-local activities, and encourages the development of relationships among local and regional food and nutrition organizations. View this website's Education and Resources offerings for additional information.
Find free high school curricula in sustainable agriculture here that you can adapt to college courses. The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) is a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences - part of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. The Center organizes training events for agricultural professionals and plays a lead role in the development of sustainable agriculture curriculum materials for high school students.
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More Resources

 Rio de Janeiro becomes a benchmark city from the southern hemisphere with this resilience strategy to protect its environment and people from the stresses of climate change. It encompasses sustainable water management, infrastructure improvements, an initiative to place solar panels on public buildings and an urban resilience curriculum to educate the people. Though designed specifically for Rio de Janeiro, the strategies outlined in this report can be adapted to other cities as well.
 This article and accompanying short video will make for great classroom discussion and inspiration for academic hydroponic experiments. Aerofarms is planned to be the largest indoor vertical farm in the world. This farm supplies local grocery stores and restaurants healthy leafy greens without the use of sunlight or water. Focusing on nutrition and flavor, "there’s no need to tweak the DNA or add artificial chemicals, the company says, when you can create the ideal environment to promote certain traits in the plant."
 This article discusses innovative practices gardeners, farmers, governments and companies are adopting to protect wild pollinators and improve cultivation of commercial pollinators. At least 1/3 of the worlds food crops are produced with the help of natural pollinators such as bees, butterflies and birds, and without them agriculture biodiversity and food security would suffer.
 Climate Connections, a daily public radio series, delivers stories about how climate change is impacting our lives and what diverse people and organizations are doing about it (produced by Yale Climate Connections). In addition to audio, also find news articles and video, browseable by a variety of topics linked to planetary warming: agriculture, national security, energy, policy, economics and more.
 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 report documents federal activities aimed at helping to develop and support the bioeconomy, especially the production and use of biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. It includes: preliminary analysis of the expected benefits of a Billion Ton Bioeconomy, a compendium of federal activities that currently support the bioeconomy and details on interagency activities that aim to grow the bioeconomy.
This USDA (US Dept. of Agriculture) powerpoint presentation explains the concepts, scope and benefits of moving towards a bioeconomy, one in which the production of renewable biological resources are converted into food, feed and energy to solve societal, environmental and economic challenges. This resources makes a great classroom resource for teachers.
 Food Tank has provided, in one simple list, 250 Twitter accounts for food activists to follow for instant connectivity with farmers, chefs, researchers, activists, educators and policymakers around the world who are working to improve the global food system.
 This article discusses how "food hubs," or operations that aggregate, distribute and market source-identified food, are growing in popularity and scale as the demand for locally-sourced foods grows among individuals and organizations, such as hospitals and schools. These food hubs provide a stable market for local farmers, while connecting people to what they are consuming in a mindful way.
This international, investor-focused not-for-profit initiative focuses on mobilizing the $100 trillion bond market to benefit climate change solutions through market tracking, developing global standards, and providing policy models and advice.
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This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation