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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The Pew Center on Global Climate Change

The Pew center on Global Climate Change provides one of the best resources available to community colleges for keeping up to date on federal and state (and some regional) legislation, action and trends in relation to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The following links are the first place to start to access maps of state and federal legislation and general related activity:
– U.S. State Climate Policy Maps
– Federal Legislation Information

The Pink to Green Toolkit: Adding a Gender Lens to Green Jobs Training Programs

Jobs for the Future has created a tool kit (The Pink to Green Toolkit: Adding a Gender Lens to Green Jobs Training Programs) to provide resources supporting the recruitment, training, and retention of women in jobs in the green economy. This toolkit can be used by program planners, managers, and frontline staff conducting outreach and assessment, training, case management, and job development to ensure that each stage of the employment process—from recruitment through retention—looks at how the workplace environment can be responsive to women of many backgrounds and how systems can be created or improved to address the barriers women face. (July 2012)

Case Study Database: The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx)

This page features links to case study data bases in Pollution Prevention. Includes case studies from Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce. These case studies can be utilized in any course covering energy and sustainability related topics.

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of projects. Offering both loan guarantees and grants, the REAP program helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems such as solar panels or anaerobic digesters, make energy efficiency improvements such as installing irrigation pumps or replacing ventilation systems, and conduct energy audits and feasibility studies.

The Switch Energy Project

A film, web and education program to build energy awareness and efficiency. This project has a lot of short video clips on a wide range of energy topics that teachers may find useful and students may find interesting.

The WATT? An Energy 101 Primer

This ebook (available on multiple platforms) provides a comprehensive overview of energy in the U.S. Consider it a starting point to becoming a more active, energy-literate citizen able to take on BIG challenges.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

 Use this global news resource when building your curriculum to introduce or discuss current events in climate change. Through journalists who are experts in their fields, in-depth articles and analysis provide the reader with a greater understanding of the important issues surrounding climate change today.

Topic Specific Environmental Reference Guides

Reference guides developed by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) Library staff to help identify resources that will help you get started with research both on the Internet and in your local library. There are a variety of topics covered in these reference guides including: alternative fuels, environmental education, green business, funding topics, and green libraries.

(The ISTC Library has merged with those of the other Illinois Scientific Surveys to form the Prairie Research Institute Library.)

Training Webinars offered by the Clean Energy Solutions Center

 Incorporate training material from the Clean Energy Solutions Center into your classroom instruction with webinars on various clean energy policy topics.

Tribal Grant Guidance

Select funding opportunities, written for Tribal Nations on EPA grant programs, but is general enough to be applicable to almost all government agencies and grant programs.

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