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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 article, on the state of green careers, provides information and resources for educators and students on current sustainable career trends and projections. Links to websites featuring sustainability related job offerings, disciplinary based sustainability associations, higher education consortia, and career pathways for students are included.
 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/
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 understanding of energy efficiency and renewable energies via a civic engagement opportunity. Students will discuss the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy and weigh in on energy policy.  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.

Through Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities, Campus and Course Conversations:
- Is easy to implement and is interesting for students
- Improves student engagement in getting to know each other across cultural and political divides, helping to reduce polarization and build understanding within our society
- Provides real world applications and critical thinking opportunities
- Improves students’ communication and civil discourse skills, helping them become better change agents
- Increases Civic Engagement and appreciation for democracy while reducing apathy

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.
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.
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.
Real Food Real Jobs has released a new report, ‘Our Common Ground: Food Workers, Sustainable Food Advocates, and Institutions of Higher Education,’ which outlines the opportunities for college and university communities to create a model of campus food sustainability that will serve as an example for other large institutions across the country. (October 2012)
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More Resources

 Food Tank has provided, in one simple list, 250 Twitter accounts for food activists to follow for instant connectivity with farmers, chefs, researchers, activists, educators and policymakers around the world who are working to improve the global food system.
 This report uses statistics material to depict the growth of bioenergy in the context of the renewable energy market. Intended for companies, governments and researchers, this report is just as useful to educators and students.
 In its report "Global Trends 2030," the US National Intelligence Council described the interconnected risks in water, energy and food supply security as a "megatrend" that will gain global momentum. Updates, videos, and additional resources are also provided.
This free guidebook covers everything from what is organic farming to the rules for specific types of organic production. It discusses the process farmers must follow to get certified organic for livestock and crops, plus provides marketing regulations, contact information for organizations, and resources and reference materials.
 These publications offer guidelines for developing successful local food systems that can be incorporated into sustainability education programs and community outreach activities. Below are links to some of the specific toolkits and resources found on this page.

Local Food System Toolkit 1: Developing a Worksite Food Box Program: This is a guide for creating a program for pre-packed food boxes delivered weekly to employees at their workplaces. It could easily be marketed to college staff and students who do not have easy access to locally grown foods.

Local Food System Toolkit #2: Managing Cash Flow for a Low-Capital Food Hub Start-up: For organizations that collect and distribute local food, this toolkit explains how food hub cash flow, even with limited funds, can be used advantageously.

The "Supporting Local Food System Development in Your Community" guidebook offers a seven-step planner to develop and promote a local food system in your community or on your campus.


 Students can utilize this resource to determine what they desire in a career and how to work towards that goal, including internship options and information on creating a job that does not yet exist.
 This article, on the state of green careers, provides information and resources for educators and students on current sustainable career trends and projections. Links to websites featuring sustainability related job offerings, disciplinary based sustainability associations, higher education consortia, and career pathways for students are included.
This consortia of colleges aims to increase access to education of sustainable practices in growing food and to prepare students for careers in agriculture and related environmental fields. They offer certificate and degree programs in urban farming, bio regional food systems, and small farm agriculture. Some SAgE classes use farms as their classroom and students will be able to complete internships, practicums or research projects on the farms.
 This extensive collection of publications, papers, and toolkits provide a wealth of information and activities for educators and students. Some of the information covered includes: Community-Based Food Systems, Farm to Institution, Market Research and Feasibility Studies, Policy, Philosophy of Sustainability, plus Models and Assessment Tools.
 Appalachian State University has assembled a directory of resources for students and teachers on sustainable agriculture and agroecology. The information provided includes tips and strategies for finding jobs in the field of sustainable agriculture, a directory of farm intern positions across the U.S., educational tools, and much more.
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This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation