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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National Roundtable on the Workforce for a Green & Inclusive Economy: Report

To engage with the Roundtable, contact Debra Rowe at: debrarowe (at)

Through discussions at the National Roundtable on the Workforce for an Inclusive Green Economy, attendees pinpointed necessary actions to reduce redundant or fragmented green workforce efforts. The outcomes provide insights into what government agencies, industry, unions, higher education institutions, and workforce agencies must do, independently and together, to address gaps in the green workforce structure and programs, effectively scale them up, and ultimately drive forward an inclusive, green economy.

The report is intended for federal and state agency program designers, policymakers, higher education, and other workforce education organizations. It is recommended that program designers reach out to this Roundtable for additional key information to incorporate into workforce programs.

As the ongoing global climate crisis threatens the habitability of the planet, causes massive human suffering, and brings about major civilization disruptions, our country is acting to create the clean energy and green economy transition we urgently need.

View the full report here.


Solar Toolkit for Schools

The resources included in the toolkit are designed to assist schools throughout the process of planning, funding and attaining a solar installation.  In depth materials cover topics such as resources, designing a project roadmap, writing project proposals, publicity templates, educational materials and more.  It can be used by instructors to create a learning project for their classes, while also improving the campus itself.

CREATE (Center For Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education)

CREATE is a valuable source for students and educators as it’s purpose is to advance the field of renewable energy by promoting field-specific educational programs. The organization provides professional development and mentoring for faculty, establishes partnerships between businesses and academic programs, promotes technician careers, and distributes exemplary instructional materials.

National Solar Jobs Census

This resource provides students, and anyone who is looking for a job in the solar industry, with a current report on the employment opportunities and projections for the solar industry across the United States. This website includes an interactive map of solar jobs across America and state by state fact sheets.

Report – Public Support for International Climate Action

This report represents how registered voters in the United States view a variety of policies related to international climate action. It is designed to provide context for President Biden’s Leader’s Summit on Climate in April of 2021. The report is useful for understanding current beliefs and concerns of American voters.

Report – Pathways to 2050: Scenarios for Decarbonizing the U.S. Economy

This report explores how the United States’ economic power and the private sector’s innovative qualities can be come together to develop viable pathways for decarbonizing the US economy. It examines potential scenarios to reach mid-century decarbonization goals that benefit both companies and the broader scope of society. The report not only explores the technologies required to reach decarbonization, but includes the roles performed by policymakers, businesses and consumers. The insights drawn from these scenarios is intended to inform long-term decision-making practices and help develop strategies to reach climate neutrality.

Report – America’s Zero Carbon Action Plan

The Zero Carbon Action Plan (ZCAP) was launched in early 2020 as an action plan for the U.S. to reach the goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050. it is based on research that explores decarbonizing six key sectors: power, transport, industry, buildings, food and land use, and materials. The report further makes policy recommendations that support the transition of country-wide energy infrastructure transitions to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. It it designed to inform policy-makers, business leaders and civil society across multiple sectors.

Report – Climate Science Research in the United States and U.S. Territories

This report surveys scientific publications from 2014 through 2018 for a look at the scope and focus of climate science research Climate Science Research in the United States and U.S. Territories. The research is analyzed to provide locally-relevant climate information accessible to decision-makers in a rigorous and nonpartisan manner.

Green Jobs for Youth

This initiative, by UNEP and USPESD’s is intended to provide global guidance for education for green jobs. To provide better career opportunities for young people, while also building a greener economy, it is necessary to build strong environmental sustainability skills via education. The initiative consists of a duality of efforts to engage youth by having relevant ministries reach out to them, as well as teaching young people how to to create conversation with their government officials. In so doing, pathways will be further created between SDG practitioners, employers in the green economy and education institutions.

The Career Ready Practices

Advance CTE’s Career Ready Practices were created as an initiative to establish high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE). These practices are intended to be taught in all career preparation programs with increasing complexity as a student advances through their studies. They provide a framework for the development, practice and experience necessary to become career-ready. They are applicable to all careers and all industry sectors.

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