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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Announcements – Energy Foundation

 The Energy Foundation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization serving public interest in working to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. The Announcements page provides instructors and students with on-going information about the Energy Foundation’s work. A variety of information is posted, including: press releases, news articles, job openings and fillings, job growth analysis, etc.

Transition to Sustainable Buildings

Buildings represent the largest energy-consuming sector in the economy, with over one-third of all final energy and half of global electricity consumed there. As a result, they are also responsible for approximately one-third of global carbon emissions. With an expected population increase of 2.5 billion people by 2050, and given improvements in economic development and living standards, energy use in the buildings sector is set to rise sharply, placing additional pressure on the energy system. Within the existing built environment, deep renovations with best available technology and comprehensive building policies can significantly reduce energy demand. However, technologies and measures already exist that allow the buildings sector to be more energy efficient and sustainable, and thus to play its part in transforming the energy sector. This publication highlights a path forward for the buildings sector to be much less energy and carbon intensive, while investing in high-performance buildings and highly efficient products.

California’s Growing Green Economy

 This article showcases the spread and benefits of clean energy usage in both large and small businesses throughout the state of California over several decades. Educational and informative materials are presented through a variety of reports, maps, surveys, case studies, and interviews. These materials focus on how the implementation of AB 32 is currently supporting sustainable energy practices across California and how it can secure a sustainable energy future for the state via energy generation practices, energy efficiency, transportation, green building, etc.

Network Accessing Secondary Markets as a Capital Source for Energy Efficiency Finance Programs: Prog

 The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network has released a report that looks at secondary market capital and scaling the energy efficiency industry. It defines secondary markets for energy efficiency, looks at energy efficiency-related secondary market transactions to date (2015), shares perspectives of key actors in secondary market transactions, and discusses considerations for program administrators in weighing the pursuit of secondary market capital against other program objectives.

VIDEO: IPCC Fifth Assessment Report – Synthesis Report

 This short but powerful video outlines an extremely comprehensive, up-to-date assessment of climate change: the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment and Synthesis Report. The video gives an overview of this document, written and explained in such terms that policy makers can better understand and accept the science provided within the report to effectively deal with the world’s changing climate, which is also a valuable classroom tool.

To view the written report, visit:

The AR6 Synthesis Report is set to be completed in 2022.  You can find information about it HERE.

Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center

 This repository of examples, lessons, and resources will be useful in developing curricular materials on energy efficiency in residential areas. It shows how the energy sector is using creative practices and partnerships to reduce energy consumption across the US by assisting with the planning, operation, and evaluation of new and existing energy programs.

Campus and Course Conversations

These activities can be used by faculty as course assignments and by staff as campus or community activities. They will increase skills for civil discourse, reducing political polarization and stalemate, while increasing understanding of energy efficiency and renewable energies via a civic engagement opportunity. Students will discuss the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy and weigh in on energy policy.  This resource provides support for people to merge ideas and engage in actions geared toward creating a safe operating space for humanity on Earth, regardless of race, religion or political beliefs.

Through Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities, Campus and Course Conversations:
– Is easy to implement and is interesting for students
– Improves student engagement in getting to know each other across cultural and political divides, helping to reduce polarization and build understanding within our society
– Provides real world applications and critical thinking opportunities
– Improves students’ communication and civil discourse skills, helping them become better change agents
– Increases Civic Engagement and appreciation for democracy while reducing apathy

CLEAN Teaching Climate and Energy Science

Provides a guide for educators built off the original climate and energy literacy frameworks. Educators can find summaries of each principle, possible challenges when teaching the principle, suggested pedagogic approaches for each grade level for grades 6-16, and relevant teaching materials from the CLEAN reviewed collection. Look for connections to the Next Generation Science Standards coming soon!

DOE Updates National Reference Standard for Commercial Buildings to 90.1-2013

This news article can be beneficial when building curricular material on energy efficiency and policy. It outlines the recent Department of Energy’s ruling to adopt ASHRAE/IES’s 2013 building standards as the official national standard. The updated building standards can be found at:

En.Lighten: Efficient Lighting for Developing and Emerging Countries

The En.Lighten initiative is spearheading a large-scale effort to transform the global market and build cooperation among international stakeholders to share knowledge and information, create policy, address technical issues, and develop country-specific efficient lighting strategies. Use this resource in developing curricular materials on energy efficiency and sustainable global practices.

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