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Upcoming Events:

2017 AASHE Conference & Expo, “Stronger in Solidarity” 
October 15-18, 2017
This year’s conference, in San Antonio TX, will focus on how the campus sustainability community can break down walls, build bridges, and continue to make progress toward a healthy and equitable future for all.

99th AACC Annual Convention 
Dates to Be Announced.
The AACC annual meeting is among the largest and most dynamic gatherings of educational leaders, attracting over 2,000 community college presidents and senior administrators, as well as international educators, representatives of business/industry, and federal agencies.

WDI 2019
January 30 – February 02, 2019
WDI provides a forum to showcase the innovative work that campuses have done to close the skills gap and prepare a more educated citizenry.

News and Announcements:

AACC To Recognize Outstanding Sustainability Education Programs Via 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) is proud to announce it is now accepting applications for the third round of the Community College Green Genome Awards. AACC will select five exemplary community colleges as the 2016 Green Genome Awardees with support from The Kresge Foundation. Winning colleges will each receive a $10,000 prize.

The awards are part of a larger Green Genome initiative created by AACC and its Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center initiative. In the past six years, more than 480 community colleges representing over 3 million students have joined AACC’s SEED Center, pledging leadership in sustainability education and training and reaping the benefits.

The awards are based on SEED’s The Community College Green Genome Framework: Integrating Sustainability and Clean Technology Workforce Development into the Institution’s DNA. This free tool for colleges details the Green Genome framework self-assessment, paths for success, and offers profiles of previous winning colleges. The framework was developed by a national advisory panel made up of senior leaders at the U.S. Department of Energy, industry, national associations, and concepts derived from reviewing over 50 community colleges.

Announcing the Solar Training Network!
July 19, 2016

We’re bringing together solar training providers, job seekers, and solar employers to strengthen America’s rapidly expanding solar workforce. With the number of solar jobs increasing 20 percent over the last year alone, solar employers are looking for qualified applicants to meet the needs of the workforce.

The Solar Training Network is funded by the U.S Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. Led by The Solar Foundation, the team includes the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Association of Workforce BoardsGRID Alternatives, the Florida Solar Energy CenterSolar Energy International (SEI), and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Greenprint: A Plan to Prepare Community College Students for Careers in the Clean Economy
January, 20 2016

Jobs for the Future, the National Wildlife Federation, and Bank of America have released the “Greenprint” report highlighting steps community colleges can take to better prepare students for the clean economy. This plan features many leadership perspectives from AACC members and AACC CEO, Dr. Walter Bumphus.

New Better Buildings Partnership with the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Building Sciences
February 2015

SEED News: A Guide to Climate Resiliency
December 2014

Campus as a Living Laboratory Workshop 2014 Tour Wraps Up (2014)
The SEED Center held four workshops for more than 200 community college leaders on the topic of using the college campus as a sustainable living laboratory…

Community Colleges and Snap-on, Inc.: Together, Building Sustainable Campuses.

Partnerships key to college sustainability efforts: Community colleges making a commitment to sustainability in partnership with business and industry were highlighted at a recent summit convened by the American Association of Community Colleges’ SEED Center.

Green Genome Awards Recognize Outstanding College Sustainabiltiy, Training Efforts
September 28, 2012

SEED 2012 Program Review Published: AACC is pleased to present the Sustainability Education and Economic Development Initiative: Program Review 2012. This publication provides a snapshot of SEED, its many free resources, and examples of ways that colleges are sharing and implementing innovative and promising practices. Use this guide to get better acquainted with SEED so that your college can maximize its membership.
April, 2012

AACC Unveils the SEED Green Action Plan Series: A set of practical guides and actionable steps that colleges can take to not only prepare a skilled workforce, but also to become change agents in regional efforts to develop a green and sustainable economy.