Sustainability Education & Economic Development

SEED is the first national resource center and networking tool devoted to supporting community colleges in building quality green workforce development programs.

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Washington, DC

News and Stories: Community Colleges Unite to Train Students for Green Jobs. October 11, 2010.

SEED stems from an AACC Board of Directors directive to support and inspire all community colleges to encourage sustainability practices and prepare students and workers for high-growth careers in the emerging green economy.

For community colleges, "green" is really about comprehensive change - making sustainability a guiding principal for all institutional educational offerings and practices.

  • It means campuses moving toward carbon neutrality.
  • It means integrating sustainability into campus operations.
  • And it means developing quality green job training opportunities for students and workers.

There are several national organizations (AASHE, Second Nature, the National Wildlife Foundation, and others) that have made great headway into some of these campus sustainability areas and many of their resources are highlighted in our Resource Center. However, the workforce development component--preparing workers for the coming clean energy jobs--remains largely unorganized at a national level.

And this is where the SEED Center comes in. It serves to educate and foster collaboration among educational institutions and training providers responsible for preparing a skilled workforce.