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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Report – Effects of Increased Biofuels on the U.S. Economy in 2022

This report examines how meeting the RFS-2 would affect various key components of the U.S. economy. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) calls for a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS-2), which mandates that the United States increase the volume of biofuel that is blended into transportation fuel from 9 billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons by 2022.

Report – Green Jobs in a Sustainable Food System

This report examines the five sectors within the food system: Production, Processing, Distribution, Retail, and Waste. Within each, it examines the environmental and economic equity problems, highlights the efforts of local communities across the country to address those problems, and identifies opportunities to transform jobs in the green economy and enhance environmental and economic equity outcomes in the future.

Report – Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems

This report details economic, social and environmental benefits of farmers markets and other local food outlets. The report recommends the following policy changes: Increase funding for programs that support local and regional food systems. Raise the level of research on the impacts of local and regional food systems. Restructure the safety net and ensure credit accessibility for local food system farmers. Foster local capacity to help implement local and regional food system plans. Support the realization of farmers market certification standards.

Report – Minnesota Food Production Sector: Growing Green Jobs

Minnesota’s food industry may provide significant opportunity for growing jobs that are considered green. This comprehensive report takes a look at where those opportunities may lie. While the data is for Minnesota, the conceptual framework can be useful to educators in other states as well.

Report – Missouri Green Farming Competency Model

This report can be useful to educators as they are identifying the competencies for green farming.

Report – U.S. Agriculture & Climate Change Legislation: Markets, Myths & Opportunities: (Pew Center

This brief tries to objectively assess the impacts of climate legislation and identify ways that such legislation could be shaped to provide greater opportunities for the sector of sustainable agriculture. U.S. farmers will be presented with a host of new markets and opportunities with the advent of climate and energy legislation.

Report – U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment Progress Report

This report from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy focuses primarily on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy impacts — the first challenges to be addressed through this industry wide effort for dairy sustainability.

Report (Green For All) – Green Jobs in a Sustainable Food System

Green for All has a large quantity of resources on what doesn’t work about our present food system and how to fix it, including information on employment and necessary policy changes. It is within this context that this report identifies opportunities to transform jobs in the green economy and enhance environmental and economic equity outcomes in the future. The initial analysis promises opportunities for workers to build long-term skills, and emphasizes the importance of linking local efforts to broader regional and national policy platforms. This multi-level engagement and collaboration will help set in motion the systemic changes needed to create a more sustainable and equitable food system.

Report (NCAT) – Sustainable Agriculture: An Introduction

This overview publication discusses the concept of sustainability and its application to farming, offering suggestions for improving sustainability in various aspects of farming, and listing ATTRA publications that correlate with these basic principles of sustainable agriculture.

Report (NCAT) – Sustainable Small-scale Nursery Production

Sustainable nursery practices can increase plant marketability and reduce a nursery’s impact on the environment. This publication focuses on the sustainable production of woody and herbaceous nursery plants, both in containers and in the field. It is not a primer for inexperienced growers, but a complementary source of information that concentrates on sustainable production techniques. Topics covered include integrated pest management, weed control and alternative fertilizers. The publication also introduces business management practices.

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