The SEED Center

2016 Green Genome

Announcing the 2016 Green Genome Award Winners!


These nine colleges live within the Green Genome Framework, a free tool for colleges that details paths for success and offers profiles of previous winning colleges.  The framework was developed by a national advisory panel made up of senior leaders from the U.S. Department of Energy, industry, national associations, and over 50 community colleges.  Take the Genome Self-Assessment to explore your college’s strengths or read more about the Green Genome Awards.

This year, two awardees were selected in each of four categories: Governance, Program Design and Delivery, Strategic Partnerships, and Community Engagement. In addition, one awardee was chosen as an Overall winner.

For more information, read the Press Release.

Overall Winner

For demonstrating excellence in all four areas of the Green Genome Framework: Governance, Program Design and Delivery, Strategic Partnerships, and Community Engagement:

· Lewis & Clark Community College, IL


Establishing outstanding personnel, policy, plans, resources and practices that reflect a commitment to sustainability and green-focused education and training:
· College of Lake County, IL
Northeast Community College, NE

Program Design and Delivery

Demonstrating exceptional work in preparing a qualified green-skilled workforce by facilitating the delivery of high-quality programs based on industry needs:
· Johnson County Community College, KS
· Northeast Texas Community College, TX 

Strategic partnerships

Exhibiting great skill at forming the partnerships needed to advance campus sustainability goals and green workforce development programs:
· Chesapeake Community College, MD
· Guam Community College, Guam

Community Engagement

Serving as catalysts in moving the community toward building a sustainable region and an economically vibrant green economy:
· Cedar Valley College, TX
· Lincoln Land Community College, IL

The American Association of Community Colleges’s (AACC) SEED Center and the Green Genome Awards are supported by The Kresge Foundation. The Kresge Foundation works to expand opportunities for vulnerable people living in America’s cities and promotes post-secondary access and success for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students.