About CLEAN: the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Digital resources for teaching about climate science, climate change and energy awareness – resources are reviewed by educators and scientists, and annotated and aligned with standards and benchmarks
CLEAN, the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network Portal, was launched in 2010 as a National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathways project. It is led by the science education expertise of TERC , the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, and NOAA. CLEAN builds on the efforts of the CLEAN Network (formerly Climate Literacy Network), and the establishment of the Climate Literacy: Essential Principles of Climate Science, and the Energy Literacy Essential Principle and Fundamental Concepts of Energy Education.
CLEAN's primary effort is to steward a collection of educational resources around energy and climate topics and foster a community that supports learning about climate and energy topics. CLEAN's focus has been to integrate the effective use of the educational resources across all grade levels – with a particular focus on the middle-school through undergraduate levels (grades 6-16). The activities of CLEAN include.
1. CLEAN Collection- This is a collection of high-quality digital educational resources, including learning activities, visualizations, videos, and short demonstrations/experiments, that addresses climate and energy literacy. Each resource undergoes a rigorous review by multiple practicing educators and climate and energy scientists. Resources are annotated with reviewers' comments and aligned with
The collection also includes an interactive browse tool of maps of climate and energy concepts, based on the Benchmarks for Science Literacy that help teachers connect climate and energy concepts, standards and the CLEAN educational resources. The maps illustrate connections between concepts and depict how concepts build upon one another across grade levels.
- the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy;
- the National Science Education Standards (soon to be replaced with the Next Generation Science Standards) and
- the NAAEE (North American Association for Excellence in Environmental Education) Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning.
Learn how resources are selected by CLEAN.
2. Teaching Climate and Energy pages – These pages are designed to help the user understand the big ideas of climate and energy. They provide summaries of each principle, possible challenges for educators in teaching the topics, suggested pedagogic approaches for each grade level, and point to relevant educational resources from the CLEAN collection.
3. CLEAN Community – The CLEAN Community includes educators and learners, resource developers, project partners, and the CLEAN Network. The CLEAN Network includes individuals that represent a wide range of professionals and citizens who are stakeholders in improving climate and energy literacy. Announcements of CLEAN activities are made through the CLEAN Facebook page, the CLEAN Network teleconferences and listserv, and the CLEAN announcements listerv for educators.