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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Earth: The Operators’ Manual: Video Segments

“Earth: The Operator’s Manual” is an informative video assessment of the Earth’s problems and possible solutions. See below for information on a Pentagon segment about climate change. Short video clips from the full-length program can be used in course lectures to educate students on a variety of topics, including: Humans and Energy, Wind and Efficiency, and CO2 and the Atmosphere. There is also a noteworthy segment titled “The Pentagon and Climate Change” explaining why the Pentagon accepts the reality of climate change and the need to take action on climate change for a variety of reasons, including national security.

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 This program is designed to help higher education students prepare for conservation and environmental leadership and careers by providing support in career assessments and searches, helping students conduct environment-improving projects on campuses and in communities, connecting students to others with similar interests, and providing opportunities and mentorships for younger students. Subjects supported through the program include: energy efficiency and green building projects, waste management strategies, healthy food and environmental health, and ecological restoration and climate adaptation.

Economic Resilience: HUD Resources, News and Programs

 HUD’s Economic Resilience page offers educators and students a variety of resources, current topical news stories, and information on initiatives and programs created to promote a more sustainable economy.

Education for a Sustainable Future Blog Series

 This blog series discusses the vital role education needs to play in the global shift towards sustainability.  Some of the articles present the reader with facts on a variety of topics, from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs to financial literacy initiatives, for a deeper understanding of what is required to develop and maintain a more sustainable future.

Educational Videos from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network

SDSNedu and its free video courses are designed to communicate key information from the world’s leading experts on sustainable development. The videos help fill the knowledge gap about sustainable development and equip citizens everywhere to help move toward the Sustainable Development Goals. View “The Age of Sustainable Development,” a definitive guide to the SDGs,” “Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities,” plus a mini-series course on the Pope’s Encyclical on integral ecology and more.

EJSCREEN: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

A new mapping tool gives US citizens a detailed look at the environmental quality of their local neighborhood through a combination of environmental and demographic indicators in maps and reports. Statistics for air pollution, water quality, traffic levels and more are all included on the online map, which is freely available for anyone to use and makes a great teaching tool for educators. Students can use this tool to compare environmental statistics for their school’s geographic area versus other colleges or contrast numerous neighborhoods and geographic regions.

Enabling Wind Power Nationwide

 This report depicts how each of the 50 states in the US can reach their potential for wind energy through the use of next-generation larger wind turbines. A plethora of graphs, charts and maps accompany the text to give the reader a better understanding of wind generation potential.

Encyclopedia of Earth

 This online encyclopedia provides expert-reviewed information on a variety of sustainability topics, such as: Agricultural & Resource Economics, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Energy, Environmental Law & Policy, Hazards & Disasters, Pollution, Society & Environment, and Water.

Energy and Climate Change (World Energy Outlook Special Report 2015)

 This report presents a detailed first assessment of the potential impact of national climate pledges for COP21 on the energy sector. In addition, it proposes a bridging strategy in order to peak global greenhouse gas emissions soon, highlights the need to accelerate development of emerging technologies, and makes recommendations for a successful transition to a sustainable global energy system.

Energy Efficiency Education and Professional Development

 This website provides a regularly updated list of resources on community colleges, universities, certificate programs and other training in the field of sustainable energy. It encompasses both general and specific skill training plus courses and seminars on energy efficiency and renewable energy topics – in some cases for free.

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