Principal Investigator: Tamara Shapiro Ledley

Funders: National Science Foundation


The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway is the latest extension of the work of Climate Literacy Network (CLN) - an organization dedicated to establishing standardized climate education for all. The CLEAN Pathway is a partnership between TERC, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and provides a comprehensive collection of climate science and climate literacy resources for students in grades 6-16 and informal citizen learners. The overarching goal of the Pathway project is to introduce standards-aligned “civic science” materials to promote responsible energy use and planetary stewardship for a sustainable future.

The CLEAN Pathway resource collection will contain roughly 500 reviewed resources that align to the Climate Literacy: Essential Principles of Climate Sciencebenchmark standards established by the CLN, National Science Education standards, the AAAS Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy, and the Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education. The CLEAN Pathway will also include teacher professional development and community development opportunities including 2-hour teleconferences, online workshops, 3-day virtual workshops, and social networking communities. These will be available through a comprehensive website which is anticipated to launch in late 2010.