The SEED Center

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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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National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Schoolyard Habitats

View the National Wildlife Foundation (NWF) Schoolyard Habitats webpage for information on their effort to assist schools with on developing outdoor classrooms. While their materials are focused on K-12 education, an educator might find useful information in their Lesson Plans and Resources which provides webinars and other educator resources.

New Energy Cities: Pioneering the Clean Energy Economy of the Northwest

The New Energy Cities program is catalyzing pioneering communities to take charge of their energy future and drive investment toward a clean, renewable, super-efficient energy system that generates significant local economic development. This is done through workshops, community engagement, guidance reports, and many other programs.

North Carolina’s Code Green Super Curriculum Improvement Project (CIP)

This project is upgrading curriculum in all community colleges in the state of North Carolina in five sectors: energy, transportation, engineering technology, environment and buidling.

Read the Info Sheet on the Code Green Super Curriculum Improvement Project
Read the August 16, 2012 Press Release: State Board Makes History with Approval of Curriculum Changes

The following is an article written for the SEED Center Newsletter, April, 2012.

Holly Weir
Environment Sector Project Director
NCCCS Code Green Curriculum Improvement Project Davidson County Community College
Office: 336.224.4832
Fax: 336.751.1459

Curriculum Improvement Projects, known as “CIP”s, are common in community colleges as methods to improve curriculum content. In 2010 the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents’ requested a two year Code Green Super CIP to integrate sustainability skills across the curriculum beginning with curricula and continuing education programs in the areas of energy, building, environment, transportation, and engineering technology. This request was based on the desire of colleges to jointly address this issue in a systematic manner that will result in uniform program improvements and a more streamlined program planning process.

The primary reason for undertaking a Code Green Super CIP is that North Carolina’s economy has changed to include a greater concentration of sustainability products, processes, practices, and technologies (good for the environment, business, and society). New and proposed changes in federal and state laws and policies have created a climate conducive to sustainability. The job growth would come from the application of new technologies as well as from supply chain work required to serve the new technologies.

The outcomes of the Code Green Super CIP will result in revitalized applied science programs and courses with specialized credentials in both continuing education and curriculum, continuing education to curriculum articulations, and students skilled in the sustainability technologies. This will also result in a more efficient curriculum inventory process that eliminates redundancy and proliferation of continuing education and curriculum programs.

As we come to the end of the project, a few key factors were vital to the success of the project. First, the forward-thinking of the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents in conjunction with the leadership from the North Carolina Community College System President, Vice President, and senior staff identified sustainability and curriculum improvement as a priority across the 58 community colleges in North Carolina. Second, the redesigned curriculum structure allowed for incorporation of emerging sustainable technologies into technical core classes shared by several curriculum programs. Lastly, the faculty-driven curriculum changes were supported by professional development funds updating current technical education faculty on emerging sustainable skill sets.

Discussion Courses: Building a Framework to Talk About the Planet

The Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) is a leader in the development of innovative programs that empower individuals and organizations to transform culture toward a sustainable and enriching future. NWEI has developed cost effective, ready-to-implement, high quality curricula that have been utilized by over 150 colleges and universities around the country. NWEI programs encourage participants to explore their values, attitudes and actions through discussion with other people. Each guide contains a series of articles, book excerpts and discussion questions for the group to follow. Numerous studies suggest that growth in life-long learning is facilitated by instruction that includes opportunities for reflection, active learning, and positive interaction with diverse peers. Given this knowledge, we have worked with higher education institutions to provide content and a unique process to support groups of students, faculty and staff in their sustainability initiatives.

O*NET Resource Center Identification of Green Economic Sectors, Green Increased Demand Occupations,

Green Increased Demand Occupations, Green Enhanced Skills Occupations, and Green New and Emerging (N&E) Occupations as listed and described by O*NET, under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA). This list is not necessarily complete but useful.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Techn

U.S. Department of Energy web site for information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

OhioLabor Market Information: Green Career Pathways

Ohio Green Pathways was launched as a collaboration of the University System of Ohio and the Ohio Environmental Council. Ohio Green Pathways links education and training opportunities available in the University System of Ohio with jobs in green industries across our state.

Online Resources and Development for College Energy Education

Instructors and students can find curricular materials and opportunities that range from clean energy entrepreneurship competitions to designing zero energy homes to summer internship and research experiences.

Open Energy Information initiative (OpenEI)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has supported the development of the Open Energy Information initiative (OpenEI), which is a platform to connect the world’s energy data. It is a linked open data platform bringing together energy information to provide improved analyses, unique visualizations, and real-time access to data.

Pathways to Career Success Competency Model

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has collaborated with industry leaders to develop a comprehensive competency model framework for the Generation, Transmission and Distribution sector of the Energy Industry. The model is designed to evolve along with changing skill requirements. The Center for Energy Workforce Development has committed to working with industry partners to keep this tool current.
– Also view the Renewable Energy Competency Model

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