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Welcome New SEED Member, January

Bellevue College

Bellevue, WA   


Join or refer a college today and take advantage of free resources.  

User Testimonial

"SEED is tremendously valuable to our system.  We tell faculty about SEED resources so they don't have to reinvent the wheel.  All 16 of our colleges are members.  Our hybrid vehicle technology training program for 17 automotive instructors from 11 different colleges, recently highlighted in a SEED Success Story, was a direct result of our participation in the SEED program."      


Billie Hardin, Sustainability Project Manager, Kentucky Community and Technical College System  

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Featured Resource

SEI & AASHE - Green Revolving Funds: An Introductory Guide to Implementation & Management    


Provides an overview of the green revolving fund model, practical guidance, and best practices from on-the-ground experience. Read more. 

Featured Curricular Material
Civic Engagement for Students and Staff: Green Proactive Resources

This Action Project provides faculty class assignments, exercises and background materials on current sustainability topics for courses.



Student Scholarships available for the April, 2013 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference.

 Applications Due 2/15/13 


Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series Kicked Off January 30 


Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) offering a two-year solar training program for faculty in the seven state region of New England and New York.

NACo Webinar: Sustainable Jails 

Ripe Opportunities for Saving County Resources

2/14/13 2pm ET 


SEED Center Cosponsored Webinar Education and Civic Engagement for a Sustainable Future and Green Job Growth

2/19/13 1:30pm ET


Structuring Sustainability What Would Professional Certification Look Like?

2/19/13 1:15-2:45pm ET

Ag Energy Webinar
Wind Power: An Attractive Source of Energy for Iowa and the U.S.
2/20/13 4:30pm ET

AASHE Webinar: Making Sustainable Choices with Campus Endowments
2/26/13 2pm ET


BEST Center's Building Automation Systems & Energy Efficiency Workshop

2/21-23/13, Clarkston, GA  

Contact SEED for Information

Beyond Sustainability Conference

2/28/13-3/1/13, Tampa, FL

Climate Studies for Minority Serving Institutions Workshop

Apply for the course license and free workshop by 3/15/13

5/19-24/13, Washington, DC

Issue 25, February 13, 2013   

Charting a Sustainable Course for Colleges

Industry Partnerships: Trane, V. Canino, VP, Renewable Energy & Power Solutions
On January 30th, SEED held its 3rd annual full-day workshop at the American Association of Community Colleges' Workforce Development Institute in San Diego. Thirty-five colleges from across the country participated in The NEW New Green Economy: Charting a Course for Community Colleges, where they received in-depth technical assistance from award-winning leaders at three of the most innovative green colleges in the U.S.


Topics this year ranged from embedding sustainability across workforce curriculum to clean technology labor market assessment to building institutional buy-in for sustainability. The employer voice was deeply integrated this year where leaders from Trane described their interest in skilled community college graduates across an array of clean technology occupations. Download workshop presentations here


Thank you to 2013 faculty for making this another huge success:

  • Ginger Clark, Hillsborough Community College (FL)
  • Marcy Drummond, Los Angeles Trade Technical College (CA) 
  • Roger Ebbage, Lane Community College (OR)
Workshop participants will now make up the 2013 SEED Mentor Connect cohort where relationships and support will continue.



Imagine a service learning partnership where a community college, university, the city, and the utility company collaborate to help local homeowners achieve lasting energy efficiencies while simultaneously providing marketable credentials for students.


This is happening in California, through the Chico Energy Pioneers, a pilot project of Butte College (CA), California State University-Chico, the City of Chico, and PG&E. The partnership is educating and training area contractors and other professionals to conduct home energy efficiency assessments for retrofits and energy behavioral consultations. Butte College is certifying workers as building performance analysts, CSU-Chico is providing the research components, the City of Chico and PG&E Company are providing institutional program support, and the Energy X-Change is providing program design and field mentorship. Learn how this innovative project works and how it can be adapted in your region.



  • Linda Herman, Manager, City of Chico General Services
  • Annie Rafferty, Director, Butte College, The Training Place
  • Dr. Scott McNall, Emeritus Provost and Professor of Sociology, CSU, Chico
  • Jon Stallman, Energy X-Change, M.A. Technical Education and Program Development
  • Todd Cohen, AACC SEED Center  


Administration's Support for Clean Tech
A Boost for Community Colleges
The President, in his State of the Union and Inaugural Address, has declared climate change a priority in his next term. This is good news for colleges that have made commitments to sustainability. Read more


Don't miss the conversation at the SEED Center Co-Sponsored Webinar: Education and Civic Engagement for a Sustainable Future and Green Job Growth on Tuesday, February 19. Register Now.

Watch for updates and resources for these positive changes in our Action Community.

These train-the-trainer academies are designed to provide two-year college instructors with hands-on experience and instructional training necessary to incorporate renewable energy technology into their classrooms. The academies are taught by veteran industry experts, and are based on existing programs certified by national training/accrediting bodies. Funding through the National Science Foundation allows CERET to provide teachers with stipends to offset the costs of tuition, travel, room and board for the class.

Apply by March 30, 2013 

Delta College
An Integral Role in the Sustainable Health of the Region
As winner of the 2012 Green Genome Award in the category of Community Engagement, Delta College (MI) plays an integral role in the social, environmental, and economic health of Michigan's Great Lakes Bay region. Delta has collaborated with community partners on numerous alternative transportation activities and is providing alternative energy training and engaging employers to create alternative energy solutions that is recognized throughout the community. Read more.
Guam Community College
Building a More Sustainable Regional Green Economy
As runner up of the 2012 Green Genome Award in the category of Community Engagement, Guam Community College has taken a leadership role in the Micronesian Region through its institutional commitment and implementation of sustainability practices. Read more.
LEED Award, Efficiency Program, and More

Wake Technical Community College (NC) Facility Awarded LEED Gold.


Cleveland State Community College (TN) and 3 other state institutions have been selected to work with the Tennessee Valley Authority and local power companies to promote and implement a new energy efficiency program for campuses.


Lincoln Land Community College (IL) is one step closer to adding a renewable-energy class to its course catalog.


Johnson County Community College (KS) has been named to the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools second annual Best of Green Schools list.

What do you think?  Send comments, suggestions, sustainability success stories, newsletter ideas,  

green economy events/webinars and conferences, and learn more about corporate partnerships.


SEED is brought to you by the American Association of Community Colleges and ecoAmerica and

is supported by the Flora Family, Kresge, and Surdna Foundations and corporate partner Pearson Higher Education.



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