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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 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/
 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.
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.
This guidebook describes opportunities for transportation agencies to incorporate environmental, economic, and social sustainability into decision-making through the use of performance measures. Share this resource with your city officials and other policy makers.
The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) from the DOE- EERE provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decisions makers find ways to reduce petroleum consumption through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures. Be sure to also look over the new Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool.

This section of Advanced Biofuels USA is specifically designed for those who want to learn and teach the basics about biofuels and advanced biofuels. Materials in this section will be useful for educators teaching introductory courses on renewable liquid transportation fuels. Also included in this section are slide presentations, narratives, and other links to related resources.
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology program propels the development, awareness, and use of alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies. The program also organizes and conducts workshops, meetings and conferences on ethanol, biodiesel, natural gas, propane, fuel economy, idle reduction and related clean transportation topics. Learn more about current and completed projects.
The newly published Clean Cities PEV Handbook for Fleet Managers provides information on vehicles, maintenance, safety, emissions, charging equipment, and more. (April 2012)
View this US Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) resource for wealth of information and analyses that educators can use to explain trends about alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, infrastructure, biomass, geographic maps, and much more. Information is provided from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and other sources.
This report analyzes the macroeconomic impacts of the proposed standards with particular attention to the net gain in jobs for the United States. (June 2012)
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More Resources

 Arup, Siemens and RPA have conducted research and collected resources related to the role of technology in enhancing the resilience of cities and their critical infrastructure systems. Online resources include transportation, building systems, water management, and the electricity grid.
 A case study of integrated transportation in Ho Chi Minh City, this report explores the link between transportation systems and socioeconomic development, taking into consideration extreme weather events brought about by global temperature changes.  It delves into the economic benefits of a resilient transportation system, discuses funding through transport revenue, and examines the logistics for implementing such a project.
 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/
 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.
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.
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of international organizations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. By encouraging widespread collaboration and world-class research, the GGKP offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and data necessary to support the transition to a green economy. The GGKP was established in January 2012 by the Global Green Growth Institute, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank.
NARA is an alliance of public universities, government laboratories and private industry that provides technologies, resources and analyses for stakeholders interested in using forest residuals to create bio-based alternatives to petroleum-based products such as jet fuel. It is broken down into five main areas of focus: education, sustainability measurement, feedstocks, conversion, outreach, and education.
This guidebook describes opportunities for transportation agencies to incorporate environmental, economic, and social sustainability into decision-making through the use of performance measures. Share this resource with your city officials and other policy makers.
This report presents a broad overview of the PEV landscape, including issues from both the transportation and utility system perspectives. It explores the energy and environmental implications of PEV adoption in the United States, and whether and how their use should be promoted.
The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) from the DOE- EERE provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decisions makers find ways to reduce petroleum consumption through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures. Be sure to also look over the new Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool.

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This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation