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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 resource provides college students with searchable listings of available clean energy jobs to help them prepare for and find renewable energy careers. Also, check out their suggested Reading List for more information on the green energy sector.
 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

Recognizing that much of the public funding for solar training programs has already expired - despite a profusion of studies pointing to increased worker demand - The Solar Foundation, along with SolarTech and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), collaborated on this paper to introduce a number of possible funding mechanisms designed to attract both public and private capital and efficiently allocate funds to solar workforce programs with the greatest need. This paper supplements the broader efforts of the SolarTech Workforce Innovations Collaborative (SWIC), which was a market-driven pilot program that took a systems approach to source, train, and place the right people in the right jobs at the right time.
A new database of hundreds of campus solar photovoltaic installations designed for higher education solar advocates to browse success stories at campuses of a similar type, size and location.
The Best Practices documents, a compendium of national curriculum models of solar training, education and workforce development curriculum from The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC), are available to help instructors enhance the quality of their existing solar education and training programs.
This publication was written for NABCEP by industry leading subject matter experts and teachers, Bill Brooks and Jim Dunlop. It follows the NABCEP Solar Heating Job Task Analysis and is a useful tool for candidates preparing for both the NABCEP PV Entry Level and the NABCEP PV Installer Certification exams. It is also intended for use as an instructional reference for educators.
This publication was written for NABCEP by industry leading subject matter experts and teachers, Vaughan Woodruff and Chuck Marken. It follows the NABCEP Solar Heating Job Task Analysis and is a useful tool for candidates preparing for both the NABCEP Solar Heating Entry Level and the NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification exams. It is also intended for use as an instructional reference for educators.
This document presents a comprehensive task analysis for contractors installing solar water and pool heating systems on buildings. For the purposes of developing training curricula, assessment mechanisms and certification criteria, specific tasks are classified as either cognitive or psychomotor skills.
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More Resources

U.S. Solar Market Insight Reports identify and analyze trends in U.S. solar demand, manufacturing, and pricing by state and market segment. This analysis is also used to forecast demand over the next five years, providing an invaluable decision making tool for installers, suppliers, investors, policymakers and advocates.
 This paper describes a plan of action for cities to become more “power resilient” using new technologies like solar and battery storage, which can be more reliable than diesel generators. Resilient power planning helps protect vulnerable populations from harm when severe weather causes power outages.
This solar career map explores an expanding universe of solar-energy occupations, describing diverse jobs across the industry, charting possible progression between them, and identifying the high-quality training necessary to do them well. Developed by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council in its capacity as the National Administrator of DOE’s Solar Instructor Training Network, the tool is intended for use by instructors, policy-makers, and job-seekers.
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.
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This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation