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  • Northeast Science Center Collaborative: CT
    History The mission of the Connecticut Science Center Collaborative is to educate the people of Connecticut about climate change We work to 1 Identify climate change impacts and solutions affecting people their homes and communities 2 Provide our members educational content about the science of climate change and its solutions 3 Strengthen the capacity of our members through professional development The CSCC was begun in 2004 by CA CP in cooperation with the Connecticut DEP s Climate Change Initiative using funding from the Tremaine Foundation The New England Science Center Collaborative provided a model and partnered with CA CP and CT DEP in CSCC development CSCC Steering Committee Nathan Bixby Membership Coordinator Peabody Museum of Natural History Jonathon Craig Director Talcott Mt Science Center Ken Elkins Education Director CT Audubon Society Hank Gruner Vice President Programs Connecticut Science Center Linda Malkin Education Director Discovery Museum Adam Markham Executive Director Clean Air Cool Planet Bill Secord Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Jack Schneider Education Director Maritime Aquarium Lynn Stoddard Environmental Policy Analyst CT DEP Steve Weinberg Education Programs CT Center for Advanced Technology CSCC Members INSTITUTIONS Audubon Greenwich Bruce Museum of Arts Science Children s Museum Children s Museum of Southeast Connecticut Clean Air Cool Planet Connecticut Audubon Society Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury Connecticut s Beardsley Zoo Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Connecticut Science Center Connecticut College Arboretum Connecticut College Goodwin Niering Center Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Connecticut Earth Science Teachers Association Connecticut Forest and Park Association Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority CRRA Trash Museum Hartford CRRA Garbage Museum Stratford DNA EpiCenter Darien Nature Center Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Dinosaur State Park Discovery Museum Earthplace The Nature Discovery Center Eli Whitney Museum Flanders Nature Center Harvard Extension School Environment Program Distance Education Institute for Sustainable Energy Eastern CT State

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    Tufts University Medford Massachusetts Engaging Students and the Public in the Science of Climate Change Look to the Arctic Dr R Max Holmes Earth System Scientist Woods Hole Research Center Suspended in Ice Profiling the Arctic Ocean with New Technology Mary Louise Timmermans Scientist Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution An Introduction to the Costs and Benefits of Modern Wind Power Sally Wright Mechanical Engineer Renewable Energy Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts View Dr Holmes presentation here Impacts of Global Climate Change in Vermont November 9th 2006 ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Burlington Vermont Impacts of Global Climate Change on the Maple Sugar Industry in Vermont Dr Timothy Perkins Director Proctor Maple Research and Associate Professor of Botany and Agricultural Biochemistry The University of Vermont Air Pollution and Global Warming Dr Nadine Unger Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources The University of Vermont Global Climate Change and Vermont Dr Alan K Betts President Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering Learning and Teaching about Climate Change November 16th 2006 Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Harvard University Center for the Environment In Collaboration with the New England Science Center Collaborative Viewing of Climate Change Our Global Experiment exhibit and presentation of draft curriculum guide for Climate Change Our Global Experiment developed by the HMNH and the HUCE Daniel Schrag Professor of Earth and Planetary Science and Director Harvard University Center for the Environment Paul Moorecroft Professor Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Presentation and discussion of Climate Change unit from The Habitable Planet A Systems Approach to Environmental Science developed for Annenberg Media as a course for teachers by the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in collaboration with the HUCE appearing fall 2007 Climate Change and Long Island Sound Maritime Aquarium

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  • Northeast Science Center Collaborative: Greening
    implications on the science center s image requires input from the top and institution wide decision making in order to succeed Start building a green program by developing the idea with some of your colleagues Write a concept paper which explains the rationale for joining the Greening Our Science Centers Initiative we want our science center to walk the talk to save money to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and describe possible projects Then request a meeting with your administrative team and board members Outline your rationale the concept paper and ask them to commit to participating in the Greening Our Science Centers Initiative That means creating an internal Green Team hosting a visiting committee measuring energy use and quantifying greenhouse gas emissions pursuing efficiencies and integrating efforts and results into education outreach programs In return your science center will receive technical support peer mentoring and assistance with outreach and education programs Develop Program Oversight A greening program doesn t work without advocates shepherds and a workforce With assistance from your organization s leadership establish a Green Team The team s assignment is to move your science center through subsequent steps of the program Decide how many people are on the

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  • Northeast Science Center Collaborative: Greening
    identify specific needs The Greening Our Science Centers initiative offers several ways to do so Phone interview In an interview with the Greening Our Science Centers Initiative staff an administrator and the point person from your Green Team will describe past efforts utility audits recent facility improvements etc as well as current and future goals or needs This will likely require gathering information from your colleagues in advance of the phone call Greenhouse Gas GHG Inventory A GHG inventory connects your energy consumption to the bigger picture of global warming This calculation allows your Green Team to make informed decisions in terms of identifying needs and prioritizing projects while providing a mechanism to track progress in reducing energy use and GHG pollution The inventory involves feeding data from utility and fuel bills into a specialized calculator offered by the Greening Our Science Centers Initiative Scheduling a Site Visit After the phone interview and completion of the baseline greenhouse gas inventory you can work with the Greening Our Science Centers Initiative staff to schedule a day long site visit The visit will provide your science center with the benefit of outside expertise and peer support The visiting team will be comprised

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  • Northeast Science Center Collaborative: Greening
    unique educational opportunity to share their efforts with constituents Step 3 Site Visit The Greening Our Science Centers Initiative site visit brings outside expertise to your aid It consists of A PowerPoint presentation This background information focuses on the benefits and challenges of energy and GHG reduction projects by establishing links between energy use and climate change Reductions cost savings and successful science center projects are highlighted Facilities tour Participating science centers will host a visiting team of 3 5 technical experts and peer mentors This day long visit offers your Green Team access to specialists assesses opportunities and needs and results in a formal report for use with your administration and Board of Trustees Follow up dialogue An important element of the program is follow up For one year after the project begins Greening Our Science Centers Initiative staff will stay in contact with your Green Team to provide support and help keep the project on track Tools and Resources Northeast Sustainable Energy Association local professional expertise Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University Green Building Council info on high performance energy efficient facilities The written report that follows from this site visit developed in collaboration between

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  • Northeast Science Center Collaborative: Greening
    constituents Step 4 Adopt a Plan After completing the site visit and engaging in follow up dialogue your visiting team will present a report tailored to your center The report will provide baseline data on current energy use operating costs and emissions based on your GHG inventory identify opportunities for operational improvements and increased efficiencies offer a correlation of various reduction strategies with cost savings or output recommend commitment to annual measurement of energy use and emissions and suggest targets for energy use emission reductions and cost savings Your science center can use this report as a basis for developing a Greening Plan The plan will be edited approved and then adopted by the Green Team and your Center s leadership A comprehensive Greening Plan will examine opportunities both internally and externally Operational Internal energy conservation and efficiency in facilities renewable energy use waste reduction recycling and disposal transportation sustainable food systems responsible purchasing building design and construction land use and long term planning Educational External employee awareness and behavior exhibits and activities media and public relations mentoring other organizations Tools and Resources Twelve Steps to a Green Science Center information about effective energy and ghg reduction programs models and

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  • Northeast Science Center Collaborative: Greening
    their talk and gain a unique educational opportunity to share their efforts with constituents Step 5 Implement Your Plan How will you turn your plan into reality The first year of the plan is critical Your Green Team will need to meet regularly and consider the following questions as it begins to implement the recommendations focusing first on the operational internal aspects of your Plan Structure Who will champion the Greening Plan Who is on the team who is chairing the team How will you stay on schedule Funding Who will pursue the required resources One idea is to consider appropriating seed money for a revolving fund which can be used to provide capital for projects with favorable payback periods Assistance How can you incorporate outsiders into your plan peer mentors utility programs ESCO performance contracts Monitoring How will you track and report progress Your Green Team will need to decide what data is collected by whom how often They will also need to decide to whom it is reported and in what fashion Tools and Resources Databases incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy So you re on your way to operating more greenly now comes the really exciting

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  • Northeast Science Center Collaborative: Greening
    reduce emissions output The program allows participating institutions to operate more efficiently walk their talk and gain a unique educational opportunity to share their efforts with constituents Step 6 Institutionalizing Green Now that you ve taken initial steps toward greening your science center it s time to look at how to sustain and to leverage this work Here is where you will focus on the more external aspects of your plan and it s also where you make sure you have the right combination of flexibility and accountability to refine your plan as needed Some items to consider Institutional Engagement How will we involve staff and shape behavior Perhaps eco teams employee incentives Meet the Scientists or other professional development programs How will we make this self sustaining and a part of business as usual How will we make this a part of our educational mission Public Outreach How will we communicate this work to guests supporters and our community Use the Climate Change Backpack develop exhibits and competitions create a Green tour of the facility Write newsletter articles send out press releases offer school tours and host a lecture series using the Northeast Science Center Collaborative s Speakers Bureau

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