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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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This document brings together recommended training guidelines, training criteria, assessment tools, task analyses, credentialing programs, and other related resources for renewable energy training programs. It also provides the essential steps of designing a training course; offers a checklist for assessing learning outcomes; looks at certification and accreditation; and, lists resources to assist in training.
This report offers recommendations which form a worker and community transition program as part of federal climate legislation. It analyzes past and current transition programs, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and uses data to develop a proposal for a model climate transition policy. The recommendations focus on workers in carbon-intensive industries such as coal and fossil fuels, communities dependent on or affected by those industries, and low- and moderate-income consumers unable to cope with a temporary rise in energy prices.
Green Increased Demand Occupations, Green Enhanced Skills Occupations, and Green New and Emerging (N&E) Occupations as listed and described by O*NET, under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA). This list is not necessarily complete but useful.
Ohio Green Pathways was launched as a collaboration of the University System of Ohio and the Ohio Environmental Council. Ohio Green Pathways links education and training opportunities available in the University System of Ohio with jobs in green industries across our state.
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has collaborated with industry leaders to develop a comprehensive competency model framework for the Generation, Transmission and Distribution sector of the Energy Industry. The model is designed to evolve along with changing skill requirements. The Center for Energy Workforce Development has committed to working with industry partners to keep this tool current.
- Also view the Renewable Energy Competency Model

This site describes sustainability design principles and a growing set of case studies for resource-intensive design problems, such as manufacturing processes, buildings and vehicles, from the Rocky Mountain Institute. This document is one of many useful resources at the Rocky Mountain Institute.
The Pacific Northwest Regional Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (PNCECE) partnership (a DOE Smart Grid Project) aims to achieve three major objectives: 1) Deliver smart grid training for utility workers in a five state region of the Pacific Northwest. 2) Create an online smart grid training and information portal for educators/trainers, utilities, businesses, and consumers. 3) Share best practices on smart grid training using a regional approach. Read more on the Centralia College partnership.
A list of the DOE-sponsored workforce training programs for manpower development necessary for the successful deployment of the smart grid at all levels. Programs listed can be browsed by training location and training type. The SGIC team also brings together smart grid related education short courses, webinars, and tutorials offered by various providers.
Learn how you can develop, expand, or refine green pathway programs that: 1) lead to postsecondary credentials (certificates or degrees) and employment in family-sustaining green careers; 2) are designed for lower-skilled adults/non-traditional students who cannot currently access such programs, and 3) utilize campus sustainability efforts as a “learning laboratory” for education and training activities.
NOTE: View the Archived Greenforce Webinars section of the page to download and vew all past webinars.
Jobs for the Future has created a tool kit (The Pink to Green Toolkit: Adding a Gender Lens to Green Jobs Training Programs) to provide resources supporting the recruitment, training, and retention of women in jobs in the green economy. This toolkit can be used by program planners, managers, and frontline staff conducting outreach and assessment, training, case management, and job development to ensure that each stage of the employment process—from recruitment through retention—looks at how the workplace environment can be responsive to women of many backgrounds and how systems can be created or improved to address the barriers women face. (July 2012)
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This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation