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This is an energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy learning initiative funded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. The vision of eesmarts is to facilitate students' understanding of the science, math and technology related to clean, renewable energy and electricity in order to create an energy-efficient ethic among all school-age students in Connecticut. All eesmarts workshops and lessons fully align with the Connecticut Mastery Test, the Connecticut State Science Framework, the Connecticut State Mathematics Framework and the National Science Standards.

eesmarts Student Contest
The ninth annual eesmarts Energy Efficiency Student contest inviting students to enhance their skills in science, writing and technology. Students are asked to answer grade level-specific prompts regarding efficient and renewable energy technologies in a variety of formats including a poem, a news article, an essay and a television commercial. The contest is open to all students in Connecticut. Cool prizes.

eesmarts Shining Solutions Fundraiser (CL&P)
Shining Solutions representative will come to your location and teach the students and organizers about energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Schools and organizations participating in the fundraising program receive 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the CFLs. The school will be provided with order forms and marketing materials, and once the campaign is completed, orders are delivered to the school or organization’s coordinator for distribution.

Energy Star Certification
Does your school score a 75 or better on U.S. DOE's Energy Star performance scale? (Click here to find out - see chart at bottom.) Then, your building may be eligible for an Energy Star award and recognition! Contact if you are interested.

U.S. Green Building Council - LEED for Existing Buildings certification
West Hartford Public Schools may have an opportunity to work with the Connecticut chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to pilot the LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Existing Buildings certification process for schools in CT. As of right now, there are no LEED-EB certified public schools in CT. Could West Hartford be the first? The certification fees would be waived, but the school (with assistance from the Town) would need to do the work and gather all the required documentation. 

If you know of an opportunity that should be posted here, or if you want to help with an energy-related project, contact Catherine Diviney by email.