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Clean Energy Communities Program

SmartPower Connecticut
SmartPower Connecticut, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a longterm organizational partnership between the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and the philanthropic community of foundations including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Pew Charitable Trusts, Surdna Foundation, John Merck Fund, and Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. The goal of SmartPower Connecticut is to encourage community action in support of clean air, healthy communities, and energy independence through the use of renewable energy. SmartPower Connecticut currently collaborates with a variety of non-profit organizations throughout Connecticut to reach out to faith-based organizations, business leaders, institutions, and concerned citizens regarding the value of renewable energy.

The Laboratory Science Teacher Professional Development

This program, is an eight-week program at NREL that allows teachers to work at the lab in a mentored research experience in collaboration with an NREL scientist and participate in customized professional development programs each week. Some potential research projects at NREL are solar, wind, hydrogen/fuelcells, bioenergy, advanced vehicles and fuels, geothermal, and energy efficient buildings.

Sponsored by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) and NREL, teachers will learn how to bring the exciting breakthroughs and frontiers of science into their classroom, while conducting hands-on, discovery-based experiments. While the majority of time will be spent in research in the lab, 10-15% of the time will be focused on developing strategies and methods to transfer the lab experience to the classroom.


Dr. Laura Butterfield, a high school science teacher from Farmington was selected to represent Connecticut to participate in this program in the summer of 2004.  “Living and working in Colorado at the premiere federal laboratory on clean energy was a unique experience,” states Dr. Butterfield. She studied Geothermal electric potential but also explored other renewable energies with her co-participants and gained a network of resources to bring back to her school. She plans to make a presentaton at the Science Teachers Asociation annual meeting March 12, 2005.

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Clean Energy Exhibit (View sample of Exhibit)
The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund has created Connecticut's 1st interactive renewable energy exhibit debuting in the Spring of 2002. This exhibit demonstrates how clean energy can be generated from wind, wave, solar, and fuel cell technologies. The exhibit is designed to educate children and families on how renewable energy is a current, viable, and preferred alternative to fossil fuel sources. "Renewable Energy, Its Forever, and For Real!" The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund is also making available a CD-ROM version of the exhibit's educational program. This traveling exhibit is available to museums, schools, and other organizations that wish to help educate the public about renewable energy.

Connecticut Climate Change
In August of 2001, the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers signed a resolution concerning energy and the environment. This resolution, underneath the leadership of Connecticut Governor John Rowland, created a regional climate change action plan.

In October of 2002, a summit was held in partnership with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation at the historic Pocantico Conference Center. This event set a plan for a Connecticut response to climate change. This effort is being led by the Governor's Climate Change Steering Committee made up of Arthur Diedrick (Chairman of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund), Donald Downes (Chairman and Commissioner of the DPUC), Art Rocque (Commissioner of the DEP), Jim Byrnes (Commissioner of the DOT), John Mangacci (Undersecretary of the Office of Policy and Management), and Barbara Waters (Commissioner of DAS).

As climate change continues to grow as a public policy issue regionally and internationally, renewable energy and fuel cell technologies will act as solutions to mitigating the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on our environment.

(Rocky Hill, Connecticut – March 21, 2003) – Connecticut Collaborates to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Plan is to Build a Cleaner, Healthier, and More Prosperous Connecticut.

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Letter from the Governor (download)
Leading by Example Report (download)

Connecticut's Clean Energy Bus
The Connecticut Clean Energy Bus project is a highly visible, mobile learning laboratory for math and science education on renewable energy, energy conservation, and climate change. Its purpose is to provide convenient access to high-tech, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and curriculum in sustainable energy for Connecticut middle and high school students and teachers. The program will utilize realistic, hands-on, inquiry, and problem-based lab experiments with real world application to generate excitement in energy science and to encourage career exploration in the rapidly growing renewable energy sector in Connecticut. This project is a public-private partnership that is currently in development. The bus is expected to be unveiled in the Spring of 2004.

Discovery Museum - 20 kw Solar Array, Bridgeport, CT
Green Mountain Energy, in partnership with BP Solar and Nuon, installed one of Connecticut's largest solar arrays at the Discovery Museum. To support this important action, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund invested in a grant to the Discovery Museum to develop an educational program and energy exhibit designed to give visitors hands-on knowledge of renewable energy. The Discovery Museum serves as a major educational resource in enhancing its more than 100,000 visitors in understanding science through hands-on interactive exhibits.

Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center, Storrs, CT
The Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center began in 2001 as a partnership
between the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut, The
Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and Connecticut industry. The partnership
arose from the confluence of several key factors: Connecticut's existing
strength in commercial development of fuel cell products; the growing
importance of renewable, low-environmental impact energy sources; and the
University's strong core innovative research in fuel cell and related
technologies. Partnering to establish a center of excellence in this
fertile commercial area offered a viable vehicle to capitalize on
synergistic opportunities for research and commercialization, with resonant
significance for the State.

The center occupies a state-of-the-art 16,000 square foot. facility on the University's Storrs campus.