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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Sustainable Agriculture, Agroecology, Food Related with Career Info

 Appalachian State University has assembled a directory of resources for students and teachers on sustainable agriculture and agroecology. The information provided includes tips and strategies for finding jobs in the field of sustainable agriculture, a directory of farm intern positions across the U.S., educational tools, and much more.

Sustainable Food and Agriculture Teaching and Educator Resources

 These resources for educators introduce sustainable alternatives within the food system and provide teaching tools such as reports and data, videos, and even free lesson plans and courseware. The resources listed here provide opportunities for all educational levels and can help students and teachers alike build their understanding of what makes a food system sustainable.

The Plate of the Union: A Call for Action on Food and Farms

 This initiative calls for presidential leadership to ensure healthy, affordable, sustainable, food for all. In this initiative, the current food system in the U.S. is described as broken through overuse and mismanagement of chemicals and practices that damage the air, water and land. The Plate of the Union initiative aims to overhaul this outdated system and replace it with a coherent plan, with the goal of making sure every American has access to healthy, affordable food that is fair to food workers, good for the environment and ensures that farmers can keep farming.

Great Trays Toolkit for School Foodservice

 This toolkit is designed for school food service directors and staff and contains resources on how to source, use and promote local food.

Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit

The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit produced by Iowa State University’s Community Design Lab offers communities the planning tools necessary to prioritize and ignite urban farming projects. The Toolkit includes process, practice and case studies to help jump-start local urban agriculture programs.

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.

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11 Apps for the Farmer’s Market

 This resource provides links to eleven different phone apps for use at local supermarkets and farmers markets. These apps support healthier food selection with such information as which fruits and vegetable are generally low in pesticides or which foods or brands are better for the environment.

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

Food Tank’s Fall Reading List

Food Tank has put together a list of 20 current and influential books written by world experts on food justice and sustainable eating practices. Use their lineup to develop your own classroom reading list on innovative and creative food practices leading toward a sustainable global food system.

Promoting Technology Innovation for Clean and Safe Water

This updated version of the EPA’s Office of Water report makes the business case for water technology innovation and includes links and resources to assess water vulnerability. The Innovation Highlights sections link to best practices in greening water infastructure, tools for resillency, and other areas of growth in the sustainable water sector.

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