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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

 The National League of Cities' Sustainable Cities Institute provides vetted and practical resources to identify and implement solutions to advance cities and sustainability professionals' goals and to help them strengthen their communities. This site offers a robust collection of city profiles, case studies, model policies, and communication tools for providing elected leaders, staff, and engaged stakeholders a set of resources to guide and catalyze action across a range of topics such as transit-oriented development, green infrastructure, energy efficiency, complete streets, urban agriculture and recycling.
 The Security and Sustainability Forum provides webinars on a vast array of subjects both local and international, including topics such as: climate, renewable energy, urbanization, and professional certifications. These online educational presentations will be highly useful in developing curricular materials on an array of sustainability topics. Also, be sure to check out their extensive archive of webinars at: http://securityandsustainabilityforum.org/archives/webinars
 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/
More than 80 people participated in CEREL's recent Energy Innovation Conference at Argonne National Lab. Speakers included; Kristina Johnson, CEO of Enduring Hydro who served as Under Secretary of Energy from 2009-2011; Congressmembers Randall Hultgren (R-IL), Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and Bill Foster (D-IL) along with many scientists, engineers and others from business, academia, government and civil society. Presentations and videos of talks are posted on the CEREL meeting website.
This mid-year update to the Green Transition Inflection Point: Green Transition Scoreboard® 2013 Report provides a succinct summary of the Green Transition Scoreboard® and delves into specific trends. The 2012 mid-year Update looked closely at the Corporate R&D sector. This report investigates the trends growing the Renewable Energy and Green Construction sectors and looks forward to the 2014 report in which the Green Transition Scoreboard® team will expand and refine its sectors.
 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.
Utilize this report when developing curriculum materials for city resilience. Presented here, the framework for city resilience is intended to: establish dialog and deeper understanding of what will make cities more resilient; to generate new ideas and opportunities; and to engage new players in civil society, government and business.
The Clean Energy Solutions Center serves as a first-stop clearinghouse of clean energy policy reports, data and tools, and provides interactive expert assistance and training forums. The Solutions Center is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. The Solutions Center also receives support from a unique partnership with UN-Energy, the United Nations’ interagency mechanism to scale-up global clean energy use.
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.
Climate Explorer is a wonderful tool with which to explore the potential impacts of climate change on local or world-wide ecosystems, and would be useful as visuals in a lecture or for the creation of assignments or extra-curricular projects. It is a research platform offering interactive graphs and maps for comparing historic and current weather patterns and identifying climate shifts. The graphs and maps provided can be over-laid with rainfall and temperature information; plus, different themes are available for study, such as: "Climate Stressors" and "People and Assets Impacted." Maps can also be utilized to focus on very specific regions or topics, for example: coastal flood risks and ecosystem vulnerability. For long-term climate analysis information, be sure to check out "Climate at a Glance," found at: https://toolkit.climate.gov/tool/climate-glance
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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.
 The Energy Literacy Initiative produced the Energy Literacy Video Series and the Energy Literacy Quick Start Guide aligned with the Department of Energy’s, Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education Framework. The videos help to engage students on the 7 Principles of energy outlined in the Framework.
The framework, lessons and guides are aligned to Common Core Standards and the Next Generation of Science Standards. The new Energy Literacy Video series and guides are a collaborative project with DOE, American Geosciences Institute, and the National Center for Science Education.
 The Resilient Communities for America campaign is designed to rally local leadership and empower local governments with technical resources to meet their own resilience-related goals. This webpage collects the latest Campaign tools & resources.
 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.
 The National League of Cities' Sustainable Cities Institute provides vetted and practical resources to identify and implement solutions to advance cities and sustainability professionals' goals and to help them strengthen their communities. This site offers a robust collection of city profiles, case studies, model policies, and communication tools for providing elected leaders, staff, and engaged stakeholders a set of resources to guide and catalyze action across a range of topics such as transit-oriented development, green infrastructure, energy efficiency, complete streets, urban agriculture and recycling.
 Arup, RPA and Siemens developed a resilient cities toolkit around the New York City electrical grid case study.
 The Security and Sustainability Forum provides webinars on a vast array of subjects both local and international, including topics such as: climate, renewable energy, urbanization, and professional certifications. These online educational presentations will be highly useful in developing curricular materials on an array of sustainability topics. Also, be sure to check out their extensive archive of webinars at: http://securityandsustainabilityforum.org/archives/webinars
 This research study aims to identify the impact of vast amounts of data and advanced analytics on the management of enterprise-wide building portfolios through interviews with energy managers from large corporations, hospital systems, governments and educational institutions. The results highlight the early nature of using big-data analytics for enterprise-level energy management and focuses on three of the most pervasive myths: 1) One Size Fits All, 2) It's all About Technology, and 3) Data Equals Information. Use this webinar in your classroom when discussing energy management for today's large businesses and organizations.
 The Energy Foundation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization serving public interest in working to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. The Updates page provides instructors and students with on-going information about the Energy Foundation's work. A variety of information is posted, including: press releases, news articles, job openings and fillings, job growth analysis, etc.
Buildings represent the largest energy-consuming sector in the economy, with over one-third of all final energy and half of global electricity consumed there. As a result, they are also responsible for approximately one-third of global carbon emissions. With an expected population increase of 2.5 billion people by 2050, and given improvements in economic development and living standards, energy use in the buildings sector is set to rise sharply, placing additional pressure on the energy system. Within the existing built environment, deep renovations with best available technology and comprehensive building policies can significantly reduce energy demand. However, technologies and measures already exist that allow the buildings sector to be more energy efficient and sustainable, and thus to play its part in transforming the energy sector. This publication highlights a path forward for the buildings sector to be much less energy and carbon intensive, while investing in high-performance buildings and highly efficient products.
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