High Performance Schools Program

Through a portfolio of initiatives, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund seeks to accelerate the design, construction and operation of high performance schools in Connecticut.


A high performance school improves the learning environment while saving energy, resources and money.  The key attributes of a high performance school are healthy indoor air quality; thermal, visual and acoustic comfort and efficient use of energy, materials and water, which can include the installation of clean energy systems.  Creating a school with these features is not difficult but requires an integrated, holistic approach to the design phase.  An optimal facility will enhance learning and teaching, reduce operating expenses and protect the environment.


Highlights of the CCEF’s program include:

  • Assistance at the earliest stages of a municipality’s consideration of a major renovation or new school construction project.  The CCEF has retained The Institute of Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University to provide information about the benefits of high performance schools and financial incentives that may be available.  If you are planning to build or renovate a school in your city, town or regional district, please contact: Bill Leahy, Chief Executive Director of ISE at (860) 465-0252 or leahyw@easternct.edu
  • Provision of an energy engineering firm or firms that will provide technical consulting services to municipalities.
  • Provision of financial assistance to reduce the capital costs of clean energy systems, Connecticut Department of Education construction reimbursement grants and other incentive programs.
  • Coordination with the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund's Energy Conscious Blueprint program