CIRES – Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

Program Contact

Katie Boyd

The CLEAN Network supports educators in teaching about climate and energy topics. We provide a collection of peer-reviewed, scientifically accurate resources and background information as well as access to a community of practitioners of climate and energy literacy stakeholders.

To provide students with accurate information about climate and energy science, educators require scientifically and pedagogically robust teaching materials. To address this need, the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) provides a peer-reviewed digital collection featuring teaching materials centered on climate and energy science for all levels. The collection includes 700+ resources addressing topics across the fields of climate and energy.

The CLEAN project builds on the efforts of the Climate Literacy Network and the establishment of the Climate Literacy: Essential Principles of Climate Science and Energy Literacy Principles to steward a broad collection of teaching materials that facilitate students, teachers, and citizens becoming climate literate. The goal is for all peoples to be informed about how the climate influences them personally and how climate influences society, as well as how humans influence climate and solutions for addressing the impacts of climate change.

The collection features learning activities, videos, and visualizations. It focuses on integrating the effective use of teaching materials across all educational levels with a particular focus on the middle-school through undergraduate levels (grades 6-16). Each featured teaching material has undergone a rigorous review process by scientists and educators and provides teaching tips by experts of how to implement the materials in the classroom. The collection has been aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and resources are provided to help teachers navigate the collection and create lessons using resources that are aligned with the NGSS.

The collection is syndicated to and provides the resources for the teaching section of this official NOAA website. This section of the NOAA website won the Webby Award in 2014.

CLEAN is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • Program Activity


    Online Resource



    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    Not Applicable

Sponsoring Units

  • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
  • Research Institutes

Program Partners

  • TERC
  • SERC
  • NREL
  • AAAS project 2061
  • NOAA

Audiences Served

  • Families
  • General Public
  • Media
  • Students - Homeschooled
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - Middle School
  • Teachers - High School