The SEED Center

Green Genome Awards

What are the Green Genome Awards?

As part of a national effort to support sustainability practices, programs and training at the nation’s more than 1,100 community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) awarded cash prizes to exemplary community colleges for their sustainability education initiatives through their SEED Center initiative.

The Green Genome Awards were based on the SEED Center’s  publication, “The Community College Green Genome Framework: Integrating Sustainability and Clean Technology Workforce Development into the Institution’s DNA,” which lays out the types of characteristics that were looked for in the winners. This free tool for colleges details the Green Genome framework for self-assessment, pathways to success and offers profiles of previous winning colleges. The framework was developed through extensive review of existing college programs by a national advisory panel made up of senior leaders at the U.S. Department of Energy, industry professionals, national associations and over 50 community colleges.

Take the Green Genome Online Self-Assessment!

Read about past Green Genome Awards winners:

2016 Winners
2014 Winners
2012 Winners (PDF)
Update on 2012 Winners