Friday, August 22, 2014



and the following Connecticut Science Centers

Audubon Greenwich
The Children's Garbage and Trash Museums
The Children's Museum
Connecticut Audubon Society
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
The Discovery Museum
Eli Whitney Museum
Kellog Center for the Environment
Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration
Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Yale Peadody Museum of Natural History
About the Program Calendar Participate

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Keep Connecticut Cool is a program of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. The program is funded by Connecticut electric ratepayers through the Energy Efficiency Fund.
We invite you to visit CT Energy Education for more lesson ideas and resources, and CT Green Schools for great ideas on how to make your school and community more sustainable.
Keep Connecticut Cool is a contest for Connecticut students in grades 4-12 to create climate change solutions for their schools and communities. Teams can come from schools of all sorts---public, private, parochial, and homeschool groups. Community groups such as Scouts, and afterschool clubs are also welcome. 
Keep Connecticut Cool is on hiatus for the 2012 year as we reshape the program. We will be seeking input and new ideas from past participants, towns, schools, teachers and students.
We look forward to bringing you a brand new program
in January 2013!
Contact us to be added to the list of interested teams!

2011 Winners Announced

On June 4th, Connecticut students faced the judges for the 2011 Keep CT Cool Climate Change Challenge Awards at the new Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. Six prizes from $500 to $2,500 were awarded for the students' climate change solutions. The top prize winners were Frisbie, and Hopkins, each winning $2500 for Best Collaboration. The schools to win the $500 prizes were as follows: Jennings and Medical Professionals for Best Innovation. The schools to win the $1000 prizes were as follows: St. Paul and Common Ground for Best Energy Savings. Grasso High School for Best Collaboration and Jennings, Frisbee and St. Paul Elementary Schools all split their Best Collaboration for $333 each.

Projects included recycling and energy efficiency actions in schools, such as energy audits, thermostats and sensors, light replacements and energy saving behaviors. Others included replacing Styrofoam trays in lunchrooms, raising climate awareness with student and community TV messages, family forums, film festivals, energy fairs, and music events. Also represented were projects to purchase rain forest land and carbon sequestration, support local farms, purchase solar installations and a "green" school store. Many teams presented proposals to their board of education and town councils.

This year 19 teams submitted plans for judging. Towns represented included Coventry, Danbury, Avon, New Haven, Storrs, Lebanon, North Stonington, Hartford, South Windsor, Westport, Northford, East Hartford, Trumbull and New London. Keep Connecticut Cool wasstarted in 2006 as the Cool It Challenge, hosted by Clean-Air-Cool Planet and funded by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. Theprogram has beenadministered by the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern ConnecticutState University since 2007, and changed names to Keep Connecticut Cool in 2008.To date 90 teams, involving more than 700 students have worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their schools and communities.

High School

$500 Best Innovation Medical Professions High School, Hartford

$1000 Best Collaboration Ella T.Grasso Technical High School, Groton

$1000 Best Energy Savings Common Ground High School, New Haven

$2500 Best Overall Plan Hopkins School, New Haven



$500 Best Innovation C.B. Jennings Elementary, New London

$1000 Best Collaboration C.B. Jennings, Frisbie, and St. Paul split the $1000 prize 3-ways for $333 each

$1000 Best Energy Savings St. Paul School of Kensington

$2500 Best Overall Plan Frisbie Elementary, Wolcott

Check out the projects teams have worked on!


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For more information, email or call 860-465-0256. Keep Connecticut Cool is funded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund.