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
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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.
HUD’s Green Infrastructure and the Sustainable Communities Initiative report showcases the climate and economic resilience benefits of green infrastructure in 30 communities.
Greenbuild is a yearly event featuring workshops, lectures, research, and networking opportunities for students, professionals, and anyone else interested in sustainable building practices.
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: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/
The Green Transition Scoreboard (GTS) is a time-based global tracking of the private financial system for all sectors involved with green markets, producing a transparent line of sight toward the ethical progress of wealth building as defined by the triple bottom line of planet, people and profits.
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
The Carbon Tool was created to bring sustainability into community decision-making and design by allowing users to measure their performance in land management, energy, water, waste removal, transportation, and building materials. It is a progressive spreadsheet-based assessment that, where utilized, can contribute to a significant reduction of a neighborhood or institution’s carbon footprint.
The Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements Toolkit is a composite of information and resources on sustainable building practices designed to lower heat in cities. It includes an informative guide on the implementation of cool roofs and cool pavements at: http://www.coolrooftoolkit.org/read-the-guide/, plus a searchable knowledgebase and an interactive forum for a wealth of information on heat-lowering technologies and ideas for use in curricular materials and beyond.
Check out these great resources from Energy Star for higher education. On this webpage you will find reading lists, syllabi, funding guidance, and other helpful resources.
Use this resource when developing curricular material on topics of green building and sustainability practices for cities. This guide is intended to assist communities with the development and implementation of plans to incorporate “green” infrastructure into their community. The information in this report covers strategies and various plans tailored to communities of differing economics, climate and region, plus information on how to interest stakeholders in the project.
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