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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Solar Energy Intl Trainings

 Solar Energy International offers a variety of courses, certification programs, and licenses for those seeking employment in the solar industry.

Solar Jobs Census

The Solar Foundation’s solar employment research shows that jobs in the solar industry on on the rise. This resource further provides annual census information for the U.S. at both state and national levels. In addition: job maps, fact sheets, press releases and reports provide a deeper understanding of the growth and impact of solar energy development. To compare current with past data, a list of dates near the top of the following pages provides reports and census information for previous years.

State Census and Related Information
National Census and Related Information

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.

Solar + Storage 101: An Introductory Guide to Resilient Solar Power Systems

This guide provides a basic technical background and understanding of solar+storage systems. It is meant as a starting point for project developers, building owners, facility managers, and state and municipal planners to become familiar with solar+storage technologies, how they work, and what’s involved in getting a new project off the ground.

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

Fact Sheet: Advancing Clean Energy Research and Development in the President’s FY 2017 Budget

 This fact sheet presents a comprehensive list of US government actions and countrywide efforts to promote solar power and other energy efficiency accomplishments. This resource will provide instructors and students with information on what the government has recently accomplished to encourage solar deployment and numerous other energy saving endeavors across the nation.

Lighting Africa

Lighting Africa aims to open markets for the development of “green” off-grid lighting products in sub-Saharan Africa.  Utilize this resource in the formulation of curricular material on solar and sustainable energy practices in developing areas of the world.

Renewable on the Rise: A West African Energy Transformation

 Globalize your curricular materials with this report on West Africa’s intent to bring an end to energy poverty while addressing the needs of it’s people and utilizing sustainable development in acknowledgment of the world’s urgent need for a low-carbon future. For high resolution graphics to use in lectures and for more reading materials on the energy transformation in West Africa, check out the links at the bottom of the article.

Financing the Next Generation of Solar Workers: An Exploration of Workforce Training Program Sustain

Recognizing that much of the public funding for solar training programs has already expired – despite a profusion of studies pointing to increased worker demand – The Solar Foundation, along with SolarTech and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), collaborated on this paper to introduce a number of possible funding mechanisms designed to attract both public and private capital and efficiently allocate funds to solar workforce programs with the greatest need. This paper supplements the broader efforts of the SolarTech Workforce Innovations Collaborative (SWIC), which was a market-driven pilot program that took a systems approach to source, train, and place the right people in the right jobs at the right time.

Best Practices Documents for Solar Instructor Training

The Best Practices documents, a compendium of national curriculum models of solar training, education and workforce development curriculum from The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC), are available to help instructors enhance the quality of their existing solar education and training programs.

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