The SEED Center

Resource Center


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.


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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Building Performance Institute (BPI) Training

This is a list of resources available if you are looking for curricula to become a certified professional in a variety of building tasks.

Building Performance Institute (BPI) Professional Development Training Offerings

BPI’s listing of professional development training events related to primarily residential energy auditing and retrofits. This section lists training events that lead to BPI Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Building Performance Institute (BPI) Standards for Home Performance and Weatherization

BPI is a national standards development organization for residential energy efficiency and weatherization retrofit work. BPI standards help provide quality and consistency by promoting that home performance and weatherization workforce follow the same strict protocols.

Building Performance Institute (BPI) Testing Knowledge Lists

The documents on this site include analysis of the knowledge areas, subject areas, and detailed tasks that are testable for BPI professional certifications for Air Conditioning, Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, Heating Professional and Manufactured Housing Professional.

Building Science Insights – Building Science Corporation (BSC)

Insights are short discussions on a particular topic, such as retrofitting homes for energy efficiency. They are intended to highlight one or more building science principles. The discussion is informal and sometimes irreverent but never irrelevant.

Centers of Excellence (COE) Workforce Data Customized for Community Colleges

The Centers of Excellence support the community colleges in California by providing customized data on high growth, emerging, and economically-critical industries and occupations and their related workforce needs. Studies for solar, wind, energy efficiency and green jobs are included.

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

Join the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) to be a part of the climate and energy education discussion and activity with other scientists, educators, policy makers, community leaders, students and engaged citizens and also explore the CLEAN Collection of educational resources which includes nearly 600 educational resources for grades 6-16 which are all scientifically sound and pedagogically effective thanks to a careful review process.

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.

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