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CLEAN-New England

CLEAN-New England (CLEAN-NE) is the local arm of the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN). CLEAN-NE is a network of local universities, high schools and other organizations dedicated to improving climate literacy and climate science throughout New England. Working through local universities and their associated high school and community partners, CLEAN-NE allows students, educators and other citizens to connect around formal and informal climate literacy and environmentally-focused programs.

First and foremost, CLEAN-NE is a place where university students and educators, K-12 students and educators, and community-based climate educators can come together to share ideas, best practices, and partnerships to enhance climate science education about and throughout New England.

Each CLEAN-NE Partner strives to achieve the following goals:

  • Join the the CLEAN-NE network -- share resources, best practices, ideas, programs, contacts and research about climate literacy and climate science education in New England
  • Connect with local high school students and educators around climate literacy programs, providing students with access to a wide variety of exciting educational programming, and regular access to a college campus
  • Connect to local non-profits and other environmentally-focused organizations to provide the best access possible to climate science and action programs for cities and towns across New England
  • Use the CLEAN-NE site as a "home-base" for this information, and to connect folks across New England around climate literacy


Would you like to become a CLEAN-NE University Partner, and share resources, ideas, and best practices about climate education in New England? Or, would you like to work with us to partner with a college or university in your town? Or would you like to join our network of educators, students, researchers, media denizens and other citizens concerned with climate literacy? Please contact us at to get started! By signing up, you can join discussions, access information about local climate-focused events, connect with nodes, climate scientists and educators, and other interested citizens, and get regular updates about what's going on in New England.

Join the CLEAN Family!

The Climate Literacy Network includes individuals, scientists, educators, and organizations working to promote climate literacy. To join the CLN and its email list, please contact Dr. Tamara Ledley,, of TERC to join the Network. Members of the Climate Literacy Network can participate in the weekly teleconferences, engage in discussions of climate literacy issues, and receive updates and announcements.

CLEAN Pathway

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway is a broad collection of educational resources that facilitate students, teachers, and citizens becoming climate literate and informed about "the climate's influence on you and society and your influence on climate." The focus of our efforts are to integrate the effective use of the resources across all educational levels, with a particular focus on the middle-school through undergraduate levels (grades 6-16) as well as to citizens through formal and informal education venues and communities. The activities of the CLEAN Pathway project have 3 major components.

    1. CLEAN Collection: Through the identification and stewardship of existing high-quality digital resources, a collection of educational resources is being built that addresses climate literacy and energy awareness culled from the wide range of collections of such resources that are available. The resources undergo a rigorous review by multiple educators and climate scientists. The teaching resources are annotated and aligned with a) the AAAS Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy; b) the National Science Education Standards and c) the NAAEE Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning. The initial CLEAN effort is focused on building a collection of teaching activities. The collection will be soon be expanded to include activity components (e.g. visualizations, interactives, videos) and curricula.
    2. CLEAN Strand Map: The CLEAN collection will utilize the leading NSDL browse tool, the NSDL science literacy maps. These strand maps help teachers connect concepts, standards, and CLEAN educational resources relating to climate and energy topics by providing a way to discover how scientific concepts relate to one another. serve teachers and students in finding resources that relate to specific science, technology and math concepts identified In the AAAS Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy. The maps illustrate connections between concepts and depict how concepts build upon one another across grade levels.
    3. CLEAN Community: The project will facilitate the effective use of the teaching resources by teachers, students, and citizens. This will involve a range of activities including:
      • Online 2-hour workshops that help K-12 teachers and citizens learn to use various resources in the collection and help teachers integrate them into their classrooms; and 2.5-day virtual works to support undergraduate faculty integrate these concepts into their courses.
      • The facilitation of an online community using Web 2.0 social networking tools to promote collaboration, interactivity, and knowledge sharing among its users.
      • Facilitate and expand the existing Climate Literacy Network to include existing and emerging climate and energy education experts and enthusiasts.

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