CCEF Live on the Air

On May 25, 2011, Christin Cifaldi, project manager for CCEF’s solar photovoltaic programs, was a guest on WNPR’s Colin McEnroe radio show. She was joined by Tony Silverio, from Silverio Mechanical in Old Saybrook, and George Keithan, with Consulting Engineering Services in Middletown, during the 60-minute program’s live broadcast.

The show was intended to answer questions [...]

Students are taking “hands-on” to a whole new level

E-House tour at E.C. Goodwin Technical High School

Earlier this week Pat Ciarleglio and Ray Mencio, both with the Connecticut Technical High School System, served as tour guides for staff members from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) who came to the technical high schools to witness the [...]


Last week, 350 EARTH launched the world’s first ever global climate art project. Artists and citizens from around the world showcased their art installations (some large enough to be seen from space) to illustrate their vision of what climate change means to them, with hopes of improving conditions. The outpouring of [...]


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 [...]

It Starts with One

In 1986, Linda Maraniss took a trip with her husband to the Texas coast. While there, she strolled along the South Padre Island only to become dismayed at the amounts of trash surrounding her. Inclined to change this, Linda returned to work at the Center for Environmental Education (now known as the Ocean [...]

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 Greening of Connecticut’s Workforce

The stars are really starting to align for local communities and businesses. In Connecticut, a group of energy conscious leaders representing a wide range of organizations has been meeting frequently to plan how to best present energy career awareness to the state. The CCEF is part of the Energy Workforce Development Consortium (EWDC) subcommittee for Career [...]