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SEED Certification & The SEED Evaluator:

Social, Economic, and Environmental Design Outcomes


SEED Certification is granted to a design project after an independent third-party review determines that the social, economic, and environmental outcomes of that project are in keeping with the SEED Mission and Principles.

The SEED Evaluator is an interactive software program that provides a protocol to help guide, document, evaluate, and communicate the social, economic, and environmental outcomes of design projects. The SEED Evaluator is also the application form required for SEED Certification.

Access to the SEED Evaluator is free to registered users. Registration is free. Each phase of the three phase SEED Certification process is reviewed by a panel of SEED Certified professionals. A sliding scale processing fees is assessed at each phase, depending on type of project (professional, nonprofit, student, etc.).


Benefits of Using the SEED Evaluator

  1. Process: The SEED Evaluator provides a step-by step process for designers and communities to assess challenges, define priorities, set goals, and propose design projects to address critical social, economic, and environmental issues.
  2. Participation: The SEED Evaluator functions as an on-line communication platform that can include multiple stakeholders and diverse community members in decision-making processes. Documentation of broad and diverse participation is a requirement of SEED Certification.
  3. Transparency: The SEED Evaluator allows project participants and stakeholders to track progress towards success on-line and in real time.
  4. Accountability: The SEED Evaluator provides “proof of concept” and documentation that project goals were viable and appropriate for the community served, while the SEED Certification certifies that those goals were met.


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