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The following links provide access to educational resources that may be useful to colleges and universities interested in green building and other sustainable practices. The resources are organized in the following categories:





ACUPCC Academic Guidance Document

The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment document identifies some of the best educational sustainability practices across higher education and provides resources to assist the ACUPCC signatories.

DOE Tribal Energy Program: College Student Summer Internships

Resource on summer student internships for academic and professional development in the field of energy efficiency and sustainability, provided by the Tribal Energy Program of the US Department of Energy.

AASHE Educational Resources

The green building educational resources provided by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Campus Environmental Resource Center

The Campus ERC provides resources to staff, administrators or faculty who are looking to better understand environmental regulations, find relevant contacts, seek model practices, track news or build and manage better environmental programs.

The College Sustainability Report Card

The Report Card is designed to identify colleges and universities that are leading by example in their commitment to sustainability and to provide accessible information for schools to learn from their peers, enabling them to establish more effective sustainability policies.

Society for Building Science Educators - Teaching Resources

The Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) is an association of university educators and practitioners in architecture and related disciplines who support excellence in the teaching of environmental science and building technologies.

AACC Education for Sustainable Development Collaboration

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) have formed a partnership to promote activities about education for sustainable development among AACC member institutions and affiliated councils.

Green Job Resources

Economic Modeling Specialists Inc (EMSI) has published a few practical guides to green jobs with a common thread stressing the need for data-driven strategies on the local and regional level.

Green College Directory

This directory created by Our Earth and Duke University provides information on undergraduate, masters and PhD degree programs and includes links to campus carbon inventories and recycling opportunities, environmentally focused student clubs and organizations, and environmental opportunities in the local community.

Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives: Breaking Through Barriers

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) released this book as a practical guide for anyone working in a college or university setting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their campus. It explores the challenges, both real and perceived, to significant reductions, and provides successful examples, and resources necessary to address the challenges.

BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP®)

BEEP is an innovative operational excellence program by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Foundation to teach commercial real estate professionals how to reduce energy consumption and costs with proven no- and low-cost strategies for optimizing equipment, people and practices. BEEP’s six-course series provides the information, strategies, technologies, how-to guides and resources you need to reduce energy and costs - via web-assisted audio seminars.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums

AASHE's Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums are designed to generate discussions on 17 different topics related to campus sustainability.  Participants can post and respond to questions in their area(s) of expertise.

Environmental Literacy and Sustainability as Core Requirements: Success Stories and Models

This article discusses models and strategies for including sustainability, environmental literacy and social responsibility in college and university curricula

The Campus Sustainability Series

A collection of strategies and case studies to help college administrators adapt the model of campus sustainability's best practices

Sustainability Education & Economic Development Initiative (SEED)

Created by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the initiative's goal is to provide strategic guidance and resources for community colleges to address campus sustainability issues while also preparing their students for the emerging green economy. Part of the initiative includes an online center of free resources to help colleges build green job training programs on campuses.  This is also an opportunity for colleges to share their best practices and experience with one another.

USGBC's Center for Green Schools

Developed by the U.S Green Building Council, the Center for Green Schools serves to engage all K-12 schools as well as higher education institutions in creating sustainable learning environments for their students and apply solid research to inform leadership—from school boards to college presidents—about the benefits of healthy, high-performing schools.

National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)’s Climate Change Education Program

This NCSE program offers online teaching resources and technology for college and university curricula on climate science and solutions.

AASHE Peer-to-peer Sustainability Outreach Campaigns

This is a directory of student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach programs, also known as the Eco-Rep program. Join the listserv to learn and share initiatives/practices with other campuses on student engagement in campus sustainability issues.

Greenforce Initiative

The Greenforce Initiative is an effort by National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) to strengthen the capacity of community colleges in six regions of the U.S. to develop, enhance or refine green career pathway programs that:  lead to postsecondary credentials and employment in family-sustaining green careers; are designed for lower-skilled adults/non-traditional students who cannot currently access such programs; and utilize campus sustainability or "greening" efforts as a "learning laboratory" for education and training activities.

The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition

Developed by the Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), this is a comprehensive guidebook with profiles of 311 colleges and universities (in the U.S. and Canada) that demonstrate commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.


EERE - Energy Education and Workshop Development

This portal, by the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program, connects to educational programs, competitions and internships.

ENERGY STAR for Higher Education

The ENERGY STAR resource portal provides information to higher education administrators and students about partnering with the program.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Executive Energy Leadership Program

A six-month leadership program gives executives from Colorado-based businesses, government entities, universities, and economic development and non-profit organizations an in-depth look at solar and wind power, biofuels and transportation, and energy efficient building technologies.

MEEA Energy Efficiency Resource Center

This links to energy efficiency resources provided by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

PBS Independent Lens - Power Paths

This film follows an intertribal coalition as they fight to transform their local economies by replacing coal mines and smog-belching power plants with renewable energy technologies.

Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC)

The Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) is an independent, national nonprofit organization that assists communities, colleges and universities, state and local governments, businesses, utilities, schools, and others in making the most of their local energy resources.

Fuels for Schools and Beyond

The Fuels for Schools and Beyond partners and staff provide a great resource for implementing community biomass energy projects through technical and financial assistance.

Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET)

CERET offers technical training and education on renewable energy technologies.

Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network

This website provides educational resources to help your students understand the core ideas of climate and energy science.

Using Renewable Energy Purchases to Achieve Institutional Carbon Goals: A Review of Current Practices and Considerations

This paper published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory explores the role of green power and carbon offsets in carbon footprinting and the distinctions between the two products. It reviews how leading greenhouse gas reporting systems treat green power purchases and discusses key issues regarding how to account for the carbon benefits of renewable energy.


BrightTALK Green Building Summit

Builders, companies and consumers are increasingly looking to move into green building and improve the efficiency of existing structures to provide cost savings and create a more sustainable ecosystem of buildings. The webcasts in the April 22, 2010 summit cover the benefits of green building and will discuss technical, conceptual, and logistical issues emerging in design and construction. Previous summits were held on Jan 28, 2010 and April 22, 2009.

Building E2 Newsletter (Building Energy Efficiency)

This free quarterly online newsletter, created by U.S. DOE, provides updates on commercial/residential building activities, technologies, events, and more.

EcoIQ Magazine - Green Design and Building portal

EcoIQ Magazine has created a website for everyone interested in making smart choices about how to build structures and infrastructure that are both economically and ecologically intelligent.

Green Building 101 Training Opportunities spreadsheet (with active links)

Second Nature's Campus Green Building 101 Technical Assistance Grants Program has compiled a list of courses that give a primer in green building. These courses are open and available to the general public. is a free online real estate community where you can get advice and share your knowledge about any topic related to commercial green buildings and LEED. It's also a source for the latest news, products, and courses for LEED and green building.

GreenBuilding Talk

This is an active forum on green building topics (design & planning, energy efficiency, building & construction, building products, etc.).

National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is a not-for-profit education foundation created to develop industry-driven standardized craft training programs with portable credentials and help address the critical workforce shortage facing the construction industry. The organization’s mission is to build a safe, productive, and sustainable workforce of craft professionals.

Retrofit Depot Online Suite

This Rocky Mountain Institute initiative provides a suite of online resources, tools and information to guide users through the entire design and executive process for deep building retrofits.

Sustainable Performance Institute

An institute of the Green RoundTable (GRT), the Sustainable Performance Institute provides resources, training and a certification program that measures and recognizes the capability of architecture, engineering and construction firms to deliver consistent, high quality services.

USGBC Educational Resources

This is a portal to educational resources provided by the US Green Building Council, including courses, certifications and best practices.