Sustainability Education and Economic Development Initiative: Program Review 2012 Released
by ecoAmerica Program Director Claire Carlin
Program brings clean economy opportunities to community colleges and millions of students nationwide.
In October 2010, ecoAmerica with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) launched SEED to advance sustainability and green workforce development at community colleges nationwide. To accomplish this mission, SEED functions as a leadership initiative, free resource center, and sharing community that inspires and enables colleges nationwide to dramatically ramp up programs for campus and community sustainability, and to train the workforce needed for the 21st century clean economy. College presidents, who sign the pledge commit to incorporate SEED’s resources into programs, develop faculty and staff, engage students, and form partnerships with employers and their communities to extend sustainability and connect students to jobs. More than 440 colleges with over 3.5 million credit students have signed the pledge—SEED has engaged more than 40% of all community colleges in just 18 months.
ecoAmerica and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) are pleased to present Sustainability Education and Economic Development Initiative: Program Review 2012. This report will be used by the AACC and its Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Initiative member colleges to garner ideas for clean economy and sustainability programs, connect with other colleges advancing these efforts, showcase the institutions who are members of this national movement, and inspire other colleges to join. It also recognizes the partners and leaders who have helped to build SEED into the success it is today, with highlights on accomplishments to date.
By building upon the success and learnings of ecoAmerica’s previous higher education programs and employing our “start with people” model of research, strategic partnerships, and engagement marketing we have helped bring clean economy opportunities to community colleges and students nationwide. We are pleased to share that with strong funding and staff support at AACC, SEED has been established as a permanent program under AACC management.