The CLEAR Blog is a place where CLEAR faculty, staff and partners let their hair down and talk about the things that are important to them, whether work-related or in the wider world out there. Any opinions expressed in our blogs are those of the author and not the opinion of CLEAR or the University of Connecticut.

  • GC3 Webinar Series Explores Equity and Environmental Justice in Climate Solutions
    Exploring Climate Solutions Webinar Series Equity and Environmental Justice in Climate Solutions The purpose of this series of webinars is to help member of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3), and the public, understand how climate change affects low-income people, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, people of color and other people who are at increased risk due […]
    Posted on September 10, 2020
  • Another Summer Chapter for a Climate Corps Student Another Summer Chapter for a Climate Corps Student
    By Sarah Schechter, UConn Class of 2021 In the fall of my sophomore year at UConn, I enrolled in EVST 3100 – “Climate Resilience and Adaptation: Municipal Policy and Planning.” This is a course about climate change that allows students to look at real world problems and learn how to solve them in a classroom […]
    Posted on September 4, 2020
  • GC3’s Equity and Environmental Justice in Climate Solutions Webinar Series
    The Equity & Environmental Justice Working Group, part of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3), is hosting a special webinar series on equity and environmental justice in climate solutions beginning on September 10 and running through November 19. The purpose of this series is to help members of the GC3, and the public, understand […]
    Posted on September 1, 2020
  • Hey everyone, it’s me, the climate. Please don’t forget about me…
    I can say without hesitation that 2020 will be a year that will always stand out in my memory. Never have we experienced such a rapid disruption to our lives; COVID has changed EVERTHING. Racial injustice has sparked widespread outcries in the U.S. and around the world. And here in Connecticut, many of us weathered […]
    Posted on August 10, 2020
  • Black Lives Matter
    CLEAR unequivocally stands with the Black Lives Matter movement and related efforts to address inequality in how we treat, include, reach out to, think about, understand, support, and listen to members of the Black community.  
    Posted on June 19, 2020
  • Teen-Adult Power = BIG Collective Environmental & Community Impacts! Teen-Adult Power = BIG Collective Environmental & Community Impacts!
    When we think of environmental education (EE), we might think of connecting youth to nature, increasing student academic achievement, and developing the next generation of environmental stewards. These are all excellent and proven benefits of EE. But EE that specifically empowers youth and adults towards environmental action in their community can also lead to direct […]
    Posted on May 9, 2020
  • The Climate Change Denier Awards
    With the spotlight on the COVID-19 virus and the social and economic devastation it is causing, it’s easy to overlook the many other challenges that are still ahead. One such challenge is our response to climate change. In the interest of diverting attention from the present troubles, the Climate Deniers Awards have been created. While […]
    Posted on April 10, 2020
  • Teen-Adult Teams Apply Technology Tools Toward Local Conservation Teen-Adult Teams Apply Technology Tools Toward Local Conservation
    UConn’s Conservation Training Partnerships (CTP) program just graduated its third year of Conservation Ambassadors, though admittedly, not exactly the way we had originally planned. CTP begins with a two-day workshop where teen & adult teams learn how to apply innovative, user-friendly mapping and web technology to address local conservation issues through hands-on fieldwork. After the […]
    Posted on March 30, 2020
  • CLEAR Bunch #SocialDistancing CLEAR Bunch #SocialDistancing
    Today we held our regular Tuesday CLEAR staff meeting. For the first time in a while the meeting wasn’t cancelled due to looming deadlines, stress, panic, conflicting meetings or anything else.  Even in these social distancing times, everyone “made” it despite being all over the state, juggling households with small children, “distance learning” efforts, dogs […]
    Posted on March 17, 2020
  • CT Trail Census: New Data Viz
    The Connecticut Trail Census just launched a new data visualization, analyzing use on many of the state’s most popular multi-use trails. In 2019, the most heavily used trails were the Naugatuck River Greenway in Derby, Riverfront Recapture Trail in Hartford, and the Hop River Trail in Vernon. Hop River Trail data also indicated that a […]
    Posted on March 5, 2020
  • NEW CT 3D Lidar Viewer on CT ECO
    The new Connecticut 3D Lidar Viewer marks the first time that 3D elevation points from remotely-sensed Lidar are available in an interactive format over the web.  Lidar is a remote sensing technique to map elevation using a laser sensor on an airplane. The result is millions and millions of points that each have a measured […]
    Posted on March 4, 2020
  • Environmental Conservation on Display
    What do salamanders, bats, compost and microplastics have in common? They’re some of the many conservation topics that teens and adults enrolled in the UConn Natural Resources Conservation Academy ( have investigated this past year. Participants in the NRCA Conservation Ambassador Program and Conservation Training Partnerships will share their community project posters, story maps and […]
    Posted on February 11, 2020
  • New option for taking nitrogen samples
    There wasn’t a cheap and simple way to take field measurements of Total Nitrogen (TN).  Samples had to be sent to a lab – until now! To help reduce water quality testing costs, CT DEEP agreed to allow MS4 communities to use less expensive field tests for nitrate and ammonia to estimate Total Nitrogen.  If […]
    Posted on January 24, 2020
  • Journey of A Climate Corps Student Journey of A Climate Corps Student
    By Sarah Schechter Major Choices I entered UConn as a Natural Resources Major, knowing I wanted to focus on the environment, but unsure of the exact path I wanted to follow. When choosing classes during my orientation session in Summer 2017, it was recommended that I take ANTH 1010: Global Climate Change and Human Societies, […]
    Posted on January 24, 2020
  • Is your water safe to drink? Is your water safe to drink?
    If you are like most people, as long as water comes out of the tap, you don’t give it much thought. If your water is supplied by a water company, stringent testing is required by law, and you will periodically receive results of the testing. If you are one of the 40% of Connecticut residents […]
    Posted on December 23, 2019

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