Our Founders: Jarious Bush, Josh Outsey, Stan Johnson, & Jerome Johnson  

Our Founders: Jarious Bush, Josh Outsey, Stan Johnson, & Jerome Johnson


About Us

SEEED is a green community development non-profit focusing on creating and sustaining jobs for Knoxville’s urban young people, as well as ensuring clean energy technologies are available for low income residents. Our vision is for a sustainable city and sustainable careers for all of Knoxville’s residents. 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 Mission

SEEED creates pathways out of poverty for young adults through career readiness training, while equipping communities with environmental literacy skills.

Our Staff

Executive Director: Stan Johnson//s.johnson692@gmail.com

Program Coordinator (Americorps VISTA): Lee Owen// seeedvista1@cnvista.org

Social Media and Events Coordinator (Americorps VISTA) : John P. Gough//seeedvista2@cnvista.org

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 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
  5. Advanced mentoring for green entrepreneurship

What We Do

Our Program

The SEEED's Career Readiness Program (CRP) serves Knoxville's young adults ages 16-28. The program offers training in resume writing, goal setting, cover letters, job application, and various other life and job skills. The goal of the CRP is promote development and employment sustainability, while instilling environmental knowledge in our future leaders. By enrolling in this program, young adults receive an opportunity to gain a foothold in careers they never thought possible.




Home energy workshops

As part of "Greening the City from the Inside Out," we are partnering with The City of Knoxville, Knoxville Utility Board (KUB), and Community Action Committee (CAC) to host home energy workshops in low income communities. We discuss ways to lower utility bills as well as easy and free ways to weatherize your home. Before the workshops, SEEED takes the streets, going door to door to take surveys and listen to the homeowner's needs and wants. At the workshops,. residents can also learn if there are eligible for one of the 1300 free home weatherizations being done in Knoxville over the next two years.




Community Garden

Our community garden is our student's answer to the food desert in inner-city Knoxville. We have 52 fruit trees and plants in our edible forest and 6 raised garden beds. We encourage the community to use our beds to plant their own food. The idea is to inspire people to learn about gardening then grow their own fruits and vegetables from their yard. 



Make a difference in a young person’s life. Our youth are highly motivated to get out of the poverty cycle, get off the streets, and find sustainable careers. A few hours a month can make huge change!

Ways to get involved

  • Instructors for our Career Readiness Program – Most classes are two hours and you can sign up for whatever you have the time and knowledge to teach. Classes include life and job skills and range from "goal setting" to “how to dress for an interview”, to “resume writing”.
  • Canvassing Team Leaders – Must be 25 or older. Duties include driving students to community canvassing sites, supervising them while going door to door, and communicating any problems to staff. Team leaders guide the Career Readiness students to educate the community about how to save money on their utility bills.
  • Community Gardening- Come play in our garden and help grow vegetables and fruits for the whole community. Everyday duties include watering and weeding. Bigger projects.
  • Cleaning and Maintenance- Keep the Morningside Community Center beautiful by sweeping, mopping, arranging chairs and furniture and cleaning the kitchen.
  • Administrative Help – Most of these tasks take only a few hours per month and you set your own schedule for all of them. You may volunteer for one or several.
    • Graphic design – Help us create flyers, brochures, and other marketing materials.
    • Video editing – Edit footage for posting on YouTube and for creating DVDs.
    • Grant writing – We will identify the grant and provide you with the information on how to write it.
    • Help plan events- It could be as simple as posting flyers, or it could be coordinating the entire event. Events include Ally Day, Green Tie 

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(865) 766-5185


1617 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915