The SEED Center

Resource Center

Instructions

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.

Overview

How are the Resources Organized?

What are the Criteria?

Resources that are included in the SEED Center have been reviewed by the TAG and meet the following criteria:

  • Accessible and available for colleges to model and/or customize to their local labor markets
  • Not to be used as a means to market individual consultants or their products to AACC members
  • Promote colleges becoming generally more innovative


Additionally, be sure to check out our Green Programs!


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Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)

DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. This list of incentives is useful when conducting economic analyses of energy efficiency systems as an essential part of the curricula.


Energy Efficiency Services Sector: Workforce Size, Expectations for Growth, and Training Needs repo

This report provides a baseline assessment of the current state of energy efficiency-related education and training programs and analyzes training and education needs to support expected growth in the energy efficiency services workforce. The research team conducted interviews with more than 350 program administrators, education and training providers, implementation contractors, ESCOs, representatives of professional and trade associations and sector experts. They identified three primary bottlenecks to energy efficiency services sector (EESS) workforce expansion: 1) a shortage of trained, experienced energy efficiency program managers; 2) shortage of experienced energy efficiency engineers; and, 3) limited awareness on the part of the building and construction trades and contractors (~65-70% of the overall EESS workforce) that the EESS is poised to grow significantly and that their skills will be required to support this growth.


Commercial Buildings College Course from ENERGY STAR

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) college-level course on commercial building efficiency for students and professionals in the field of energy and facility management. Available at no cost as an off-the-shelf package. It gives students an understanding of the practice and policy of energy efficiency in the built environment. The course offers an in-depth examination of the benefits of and barriers to energy efficiency through the resources of the ENERGY STAR program. It also provides practical methods and best practices for energy management. This course is classroom-ready, including suggested readings, a syllabus, course outline, class materials, lecture presentations, and ideas for a student project. The course can be tailored to fit your lesson plans and term length, or can be offered to building professionals as a continuing education course.

Be sure to watch this webinar on the course.


Energy Star Training

ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization. See how EPA can help you lower operating costs, improve your energy management program, and expand your professional development.


Environmental Protection Agency’s Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades

The EPA protocols and DOE guidelines are intended for voluntary adoption by weatherization assistance programs, federally funded housing programs, private sector home performance contracting organizations, and others working on residential retrofit or remodeling efforts. Together, the complementary documents will: provide a robust and practical set of resources for retrofit contractors, trainers, and program administrators; help improve the quality of the work performed in this expanding industry; promote occupant health and safety; and drive consumer demand for energy efficiency retrofit services.


Equipment Needs for Weatherization Training Centers

List of equipment needed, and other materials, for a weatherization training center from the Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT) Weatherization Training Center (WTC).
Download the PDF (Updated – April, 2011)


Free Energy Efficiency Online Training Materials

This Energy Star website includes annimated and self-guided presentation as well as pre-recorded training on how-to improve energy performance.


Green For All Collaboration for Green Jobs Creation in Energy Efficiency: A Community of Practice L

Hear how community, workforce and labor organizations can collaborate to create green jobs. Hear about the “whole-neighborhood” approach to marketing energy retrofits through organizing the community, and how it can achieve economies of scale. The SustainableWorks! model demonstrates how diverse actors can work together to grow the local green economy, create good jobs, and create pathways to those jobs through energy retrofit programs.


Green For All Retrofit America’s Cities: Programs Designed to Perform Energy-Efficiency Retrofits a

Through the Communities of Practice, Green For All connects people who are working throughout the country on programs and policies to weatherize and retrofit homes at the city scale while creating healthier ecosystems and  pathways out of poverty through green-collar jobs. On-the-ground practitioners, educators and program designers get to connect to each other, innovate together, and share their learning with the entire field via this “Retrofit America’s Cities Community of Practice.”  A variety of materials is also available for viewing.


Green Jobs in the Residential Energy Efficiency Industry: The Home Performance Industry Perspective

This link is to a variety of employment studies, including “Green Jobs in the Residential Energy Efficiency Industry: The Home Performance Industry Perspective on Training & Workforce Development ,” produced by Efficiency First (Elizabeth Redman.) The link is to a Resource Center that provides research and intelligence for the design and implementation of successful energy retrofit initiatives. Related webinar and presentation are also available at the site.


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