About Us

SEEED Springs Into Action…

Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development

is a green community development non-profit focusing on creating and sustaining jobs for Knoxville’s urban young people, and ensuring clean energy and conservation technologies are available for low income residents. Our vision is for a sustainable city and sustainable careers for all of Knoxville’s residents. Ours is a movement that grew out of kitchen table conversations in 2009, where residents (a mix of young people and adults) of Knoxville’s Empowerment Zone talked about the opportunities that were developing with green jobs and how these opportunities could be used to transform the community. Young and old alike developed the idea of SEEED.

Greening the City from the Inside Out

SEEED is preparing the heart of Knoxville to become the center of our emerging green economy by increasing access to sustainable, clean energy technologies and a sustainable food supply for low to moderate income residents. The resulting green job opportunities associated with these programs create pathways out of poverty for our youth.

Our Program

SEEED prepares at-risk young adults for good paying, sustainable green jobs in Knoxville’s emerging green economy.

SEEED participants are low-income young people 16-28 years old from the heart of Knoxville.

Young adults who apply and are accepted into the program participate in a 90-day pre-apprenticeship, which includes basic life skills training, mentoring, and 50 hours of community service. After the 90-day period, they are placed in internships, start college, or find a job. We eventually plan to have a weatherization training program. 18-24 year old participants will be able to  apply for an intensive residential 12-month green job education, apprenticeship, and placement program.

Growing a Green Future

SEEED pursues prosperity that is sustainable and respectful of the Earth, and our community, through five interconnected strategies:

  1. increasing access to green energy efficiency technologies for low to moderate income residents
  2. preparing the city for a sustainable and healthy food supply
  3. “green collar” job development and training for youth from urban communities
  4. social, cultural, and spiritual development through a community service program and youth mentoring
  5. advanced mentoring for green entrepreneurship

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