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The Resource Center is a curated collection of information organized around 7 green economy “Sectors” and 7 “Topics.” In time, more Sectors will be added. Topics represent those areas in which educators and workforce development professionals continue to seek direction.

You can search by sector or by topic. Or across all sectors and/or all topics.

You can also perform a keyword search of all resources on the top right of this page.

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

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.
A project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, this curriculum is comprised of eleven classroom-ready modules that span food system issues from field to plate. The material is focused on issues in the U.S. food system but also touches on some of their global implications. Each module includes lesson plans, slides, handouts, vocabulary builders and other materials that help educators deliver compelling lessons with minimal preparation.
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.
Achieving food security for all is at the center of this UN organization's efforts - to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. See their publications and their statistics to gain a better understanding of food security issues.
Free curricula from the Michigan State University Museum that builds greater understanding about local food, and the viability and importance of sustainable practices. Find in this website: A six-part community-oriented curriculum (http://www.foodfarmingandcommunity.org/curriculum/), essays, and an annotated book and film list on sustainable agriculture of use in discussions and teachings: (http://www.foodfarmingandcommunity.org/resources/)
The Sustainable Agriculture Project provides high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States. Originally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this is a project developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Review their Publications, Webinars, Reports, and What is Sustainable Agriculture? site for helpful documents and downloads.
PERC carries out programs, projects, and activities in safety practices, training, and research and development. View their Autogas resources to review strategic activities for vehicles operated on propane, as well as their Propane Agriculture site for information on the use of Propane to reduce environmental impacts. Also view their Research and Development section for a Library and downloadable information on other Research Programs.
This technical note provides a conceptual framework for the transition to a more sustainable agriculture. It also includes case studies and information sources on sustainable agriculture.
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Download this free e-book from the from the Regenerative Leadership Institute on sustainable living and permaculture design.
This webinar is designed to organize a diverse group of individuals with expertise in water and sustainability to expose campuses to water issues, programs, and solutions.
Agriculture and Food System Development Online is a companion website to the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. It is a large repository of food and farming-based community development tools and resources for agriculture and food system development practitioners, educators, applied researchers, and students.
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.
Local watershed organizations, municipal leaders, and others are invited to sign up for these free, on-line webcast training sessions. These webcasts on can be used in the creation of curricula and archives are available in multiple categories.
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.
A project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, this curriculum is comprised of eleven classroom-ready modules that span food system issues from field to plate. The material is focused on issues in the U.S. food system but also touches on some of their global implications. Each module includes lesson plans, slides, handouts, vocabulary builders and other materials that help educators deliver compelling lessons with minimal preparation.
American Farmland Trust is a conservation organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices and supporting a sustainable future for farms. View their Studies & Reports section for educational materials on farming, policy, and many other relevant areas.
Read this article (2000) written by Miguel A. Altieri of the University of California, Berkley to better understand the principles and strategies for designing sustainable farming systems.
This report (1997) gives an overview of sustainable agriculture. It compares various definitions and dispels some myths. Issues related to implementing sustainable agriculture are discussed. A list of institutions (mainly in Kansas) that support sustainable agriculture is provided.
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