September 24 is Moving Day – for the whole planet.

“Moving Planet – A Day to Move beyond Fossil Fuels” is the latest international day of action sponsored by, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Founded by author Bill McKibben, the organization takes its name from the level of carbon dioxide in [...]


As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we are infinitely grateful for those who have helped to build model sustainable communities throughout Connecticut.

Many of the unsung heroes serve quietly behind the scenes. At the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, the Legal, Accounting and Marketing teams provide vital support for our programs but are seldom seen or heard [...]

Tales from the Other Portland

Portland, Oregon, the City of Roses, is indeed an American Beauty. Beyond the thriving music and arts scene, the abundant microbreweries and coffee houses and Powell’s City of Books, there is a first-class sustainable transportation system that’s big on light rail and bicycles. And then there is the city’s strong commitment to clean [...]

10/10/10 - My Global Work Party

The world unfolds differently on a bicycle. It’s like getting inside the mind of a cartographer; bends in the roads and intersections of streets suddenly make more sense. I am travelling on Fairfield Avenue from my hometown of Fairfield into my new city of dreams, Bridgeport. The signs on the buildings reflect the diversity of [...]

How Green Is My Hotel?

A growing number of consumers are applying a “green lens” to their choices of vehicles, appliances, food and other products. Now, Connecticut residents have a convenient source for determining which hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts are considered the most sustainable. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & [...]

The Revolution Comes Back To Compo Beach

Solar architect John Rountree stands beside the solar hot water heater that runs with all-solar power in the summer and 60 per cent solar power in the winter. Credit Nancy Burton

In 1777, nearly 2,000 British soldiers landed at Compo Beach in Westport and marched up Compo Road toward their raid on Danbury. On [...]


The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund is proud to have taken part once again in the “Green Vibes” Sustainability Village at the 2010 Gathering of the Vibes at historic Seaside Park in Connecticut’s largest Clean Energy Community, Bridgeport. We share the vision of the Vibes family of making the world a better [...]

The Alfandre Rule

The town of Easton recently dedicated a 5 kW solar PV array at the Samuel Staples Elementary School. It was a typically buoyant affair, highlighted by two of tomorrow’s clean energy leaders reading essays on the importance of clean energy.

During my remarks, I noted that the CCEF had adopted “the Alfandre Rule” in honor of [...]

By the Time We Got to Woodstock

Not that Woodstock. We’re talking about the town in the northeastern corner of Connecticut that became the first in the state to purchase 100% clean energy for all municipal facilities. That mighty feat earned Woodstock a bonus 3 kW of solar PV from CCEF!

The Woodstock Clean Energy Task Force (along with compatriots from surrounding towns) [...]


Weston is the first town to take advantage of augmenting their earned 4kWs with an additional 3kWs. The ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for August 12, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the installation site, Weston Board of Education.

The modifications to our Clean Energy Communities program that are discussed below have [...]