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STEM, Energy, Economic Development (SEED): Coalitions for Community Growth
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Energy presentation to CMHA youth in collaboration with Cleveland Public Theater.
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Girls from the Tampa Public Housing Authority participated in a hands-on activity at the Museum of Science and Industry.
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Federal SEED Team visits Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority to kick-off SEED.
DCHA families enjoyed first SEED event.
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DC Housing Authority Families enjoyed the first SEED event in DC, a day of learning about energy at the Smithsonian.


SEED's Background

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have made significant investments in infrastructure upgrades and energy retrofits to conserve resources on a national scale. Until now, the primary emphasis has been on residential buildings’ energy performance without much consideration for the human capital needed to create these improvements and changes. Therefore, DOE and HUD have partnered with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and are developing an innovative place-based initiative to create economic opportunity and energy-literate communities: STEM, Energy, and Economic Development (SEED): Coalitions for Community Growth. SEED’s focus is on inspiring public housing residents. Read more on SEED.

SEED's Goal

To create place-based coalitions to increase energy-literacy; STEM training; and opportunities to develop job-driven skills for public housing and low-income community residents.

Through this initiative, 8,000 youth in public housing will get access to STEM education; 1,000 residents will receive STEM workforce training, and 1,000 will obtain employment. Learn more...

SEED's Three Pillars

The SEED initiative will link existing federal investments and activities to local coalitions to expand or launch programs based on three pillars:

  1. Energy Literacy - Through online and in-person outreach including webinars such as Energy Is Everywhere series, videos, workshops, and informational materials including the Resident Engagement toolkit from Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future public housing residents learn about measures they can take to reduce energy consumption.
  2. STEM Education - In partnership with national organizations that support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and teaching—such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Carnegie Science Center, National Center for Women & Information Technology, and US2020—this initiative links youth and young adults living in public housing to opportunities through STEM education and prepares a new generation of workers in STEM and energy-related fields.
  3. Job-Driven Skills Training - Through this initiative, partners in targeted cities link established workforce training programs and partners such as GRID Alternatives, The Corps Network, IT Futures - tailored around local employers’ needs, identifying flexible, place-based career pathways for public housing residents.

The initiative brings together DOE-funded programs, HUD communities, ED resources, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations to create locally designed and managed partnerships which can serve as examples of public-private partnerships that can be replicated by communities around the country.  This initiative also addresses several of the Obama administration’s key goals: to prepare current and future workers for in-demand STEM jobs; to use federal resources as a catalyst for investment in this area; to reach climate change objectives, and to address inequality issues by increasing awareness and opportunity in STEM fields.

Webinar Series

Every Third Thursday of the month at 3pm ET

Energy Is Everywhere Webinar Series

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Contact Us

Have Questions about SEED? Email us.

Energy Literacy Courses

Are you or your partners working to engage and inspire residents about energy literacy and STEM education but struggling with how to approach the topics? If so, then these freely available, online courses may be for you. These courses are developed for learning facilitators of all types who are working with youth and adults learning science content in secondary classes, adult education and training, or after-school STEM activities. The courses are full of lesson ideas, videos, activities, and links for further reading. You can proceed at your own pace, and take the courses in any order; a certificate of completion is available that may count toward continuing education requirements.

Learn how to register and access these free resources here.