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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.

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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 Using a customer friendly, pay-as-you-go model, a solar startup is powering Nigerian homes not connected to the grid with one portable kit.  This set up can be adapted to many countries and cultures as an affordable energy solution to low-income or rural areas.
The Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative is a cross-government partnership to bring solar power to low and moderate-income families by allowing Americans to achieve solar power with no up-front cost. The goal is a 10X increase and an expansion of the initial target set in the Climate Action Plan to install 100 MW of renewable energy on federally assisted affordable housing by 2020.

Watch this short VIDEO on access to solar panels.
 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.
 In support of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot initiative, NREL is offering no-cost technical assistance to higher education institutions seeking to go solar. The program is designed to increase the deployment of mid-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, engage stakeholders to develop deployment solutions and empower decision makers. Any U.S. higher education institution is eligible to apply.
The Solar Training Network is a new program designed to help meet the workforce needs of the solar industry through solar training and strategic employment partnerships. It will bring together solar training providers, job seekers, and solar employers to strengthen America’s rapidly expanding solar workforce.  

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) will work with community colleges, faculty, and students to facilitate new connections that will improve access to solar training, resources, and career opportunities.  Please contact Amanda at sustainabilty@aacc.nche.edu for more information.

Read the Solar Training Network Factsheet(pdf).

Benefits of Joining the Solar Training Network:
  • Connection opportunities for training providers, employers, and job seekers
  • Utilize a member-only job seeker-to-employer connection platform
  • Attend solar job fairs and other regional training events
  • Find solar training resources and content
  • Access to a national directory of solar training providers
If you are a solar training provider interested in helping your students find employment
after course completion or a solar employer looking for new, trained solar employees,
then consider joining the Solar Training Network:
 The Sustainable Energy Marketplace is a virtual platform for project developers, financiers, and service/technology suppliers to work together to realize projects and bring renewable energy to developing countries.
This document helps explain how to structure community renewable energies projects that allow for ownership by many people within a community context.  This model has been used successfully in many parts of the country and in other countries.  These materials could be included in courses that explain how to increase sales and/or financing and implementation of renewable energy systems on a larger than individual home scale.
Review this website for important news and events information. Use it to update information in your curriculum and be sure to subscribe to their free subscription.
*NOTE*  Because of the way this website is set up, there is no direct link to this report.  The link above takes you to a search bar and you must type "Workforce Trends & Needs in Green Sectors" into the bar to find the report.

Presented at the CCCAOE Fall 2011 Conference, this presentation incorporates data from solar and water studies. Also explored were results of a year-long examination of "green jobs" conducted in partnership with the EDD's Labor Market Information Division (LMID), which focused on identifying the impact of "green" in creating new tasks, skills, and knowledge areas for today's workforce. Economic & Workforce Development assistance was provided through the California Community Colleges and the presentation works to inform community colleges and the workforce community. It covers the industries that are driving growth in “green” employment and what “green” skills and knowledge employers are looking for. It provides a summary on where community colleges should invest resources and can be seen as an example of what regions can do to engage educational and employer institutions.
This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation