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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Report (NCAT) – Farm Energy Calculators: Tools for saving money on the farm

Agricultural producers depend on energy, an important input to production. Direct costs of energy, such as fuel and electricity, paired with indirect energy costs in the form of fertilizers and chemicals, can significantly affect farm net revenues, especially as the price of energy continues to rise. Minimizing direct and indirect energy consumption on farms in the United States can lead to considerable savings. This publication introduces and provides links to a variety of farm energy calculator tools.

Report: Driving Demand for Home Energy Improvements

This report is aimed at energy efficiency program designers at community colleges, anyone interested in building market demand as well as others (e.g. policy makers). It covers how motivating homeowners to seek energy improvements is crucial to the success of building a green economy and fully utilizing the public programs that support energy efficiency.

Report: The Greening of Corrections, Creating a Sustainable System

This report identifies green job training programs that provide quality employment opportunities in the emerging green economy. While the section, Completing the Sustainable Model (p 20), provides corrections administrators ways to adapt existing training programs and build strategic partners that support the continuum of learning opportunities during a transition to a greener economy, it is highly relevant to Community College administrators as well.

Residental Energy Services Network (RESNET) Home Energy Rating Standards

To achieve its goal of setting the standards for quality of rating services, RESNET has adopted the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standards. The standards set the national procedures for home energy ratings. The standards focus on three areas: 1. Rating Program Administration (Chapter One); 2. Rater Training and Certification (Chapter Two) ; and, 3. Technical Guidelines (Chapter Three).

Residental Energy Services Network (RESNET) How to Become a Certified Energy Auditor/Raters and Qu

A Certified Home Energy Rater is a person trained and certified by an accredited Home Energy Rating Provider to inspect and evaluate a home’s energy features, prepare a home energy rating and make recommendations for improvements that will save the homeowner energy and money. Provides information on the path to becoming a Home Energy Rater.

Roadmap to a Green Campus

The Roadmap is a strategy guide for using the LEED green building certification program as a framework for developing and evolving campus-wide sustainability plans. Contained within the 100+ page document are more than 100 tools and resources to support campuses in their greening efforts and more than 20 unique profiles of college and university success stories. The guide was created with the support of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Sector Resources for Energy Efficiency

This page provides sector resources on energy efficiency including information on news, conferences, funding opportunities and documents.

Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) Energy Training

CACT at Sierra College is working with utilities, manufacturers, commerical building owners and business owners, outreaching to them to show how energy effiiciency can help their businesses and then training their future energy technicians.

Green Business Guide

Review these resources and steps created to help businesses become more environmentally responsible and benefit from the growing green economy. A wealth of information is provided to facilitate the transition towards energy efficiency, compliance with environmental regulations, and a recognized “green business.”

Sustainable Energy for All: A Global Action Agenda

 The Sustainable Energy for All initiative desires to eliminate energy poverty and enhance global prosperity by transforming the world’s energy systems with a merger of economic growth, social equity and a thriving environment. They are delivering a global action plan based on the reasoning that sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy. Use this resource when building curricular material for energy efficiency and economic growth on an international scale.

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