The purpose of the SEED Center is to guide colleges in developing not just a number of courses and programs, but more importantly, deliver high-quality sustainability education and job training programs and create educational experiences that link students directly to the modern green economy workplace.
By maintaining focus and adding specific practices, programs become a focal point for sustainability, raising awareness in their communities and among students across disciplines. This growing awareness can accelerate the green jobs trend by reducing barriers to adopting sustainable practices and creating further demand for efficient, sustainable resources.
These are the common elements that serve as the basic building blocks for developing sustainability education and green job training programs:
Community colleges can help build the green economy by adding the following actions to the typical components of a quality program. These practices have proven valuable to developing leadership in sustainability education and economic development programs.
Workforce demand will extend beyond the solar, wind, energy efficiency and green building sectors. Educators must stay aware of policy issues and trends and adapt their programs to meet rapidly changing demands.