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. The activities of CLEAN include:

  • CLEAN Collection—This collection of 600+ free, ready-to-use high-quality digital educational resources is rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists. Suitable for secondary through higher education classrooms. it includes learning activities, visualizations, videos, and short demonstrations/experiments, that addresses climate and energy literacy.
  • Teaching Climate and Energy—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.
  • CLEAN Community—The CLEAN Community includes educators and learners, resource developers, project partners, and the CLEAN Network of individuals that represent a wide range of professionals and citizens who are stakeholders in improving climate and energy literacy.

CLEAN 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 is funded by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NA12OAR4310143, NA12OAR4310142), the National Science Foundation (DUE-0938051, DUE-0938020, DUE-0937941) and the Department of Energy.