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Press Release: Across New England, more than 50,000 elementary school students are reading their way into climate action.

Agawam, MA — May 2, 2024 — Cooler Communities, a project of the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, is committed to making climate education in the classroom simple, fun, and free for teachers and students. Their mission is to support teachers and to connect classroom learning to climate solutions through literacy and other means, inspiring students to become climate stewards. Educators across New England are taking advantage of these resources and have already ordered over 50,000 free copies of a new children’s picture book, The Energy Detectives: The Mystery of the Snow, with new orders coming in every day.

The program’s approach is the brainchild of Massachusetts philanthropist Harold Grinspoon, and uses children’s literature to make climate concepts concrete and engaging for students. The free books are paired with free, hands-on, standards-based lessons that are adaptable to teachers’ needs. “We kept hearing that teachers wanted to introduce climate education in the classroom, but that resources and time were lacking. The enthusiasm for this pilot program shows that there’s a real interest and need for climate education resources that are simple and convenient”, said Uli Nagel, Director at Cooler Communities.

Teachers who have already used the resources are appreciative; 

  • “The book was a big hit. And I liked it too as a teacher! I felt like the children could easily connect concepts from the lessons with what was happening in the book.” — Robyn Wayrynen, STEAM Educator
  • “I would definitely recommend the curriculum, it’s easy to follow and easy to modify, too, for whatever you and your students need.” — Rachel Conklin, K-4 Science Educator.

With many more free copies of the book available for order, a library of free, standard-based lessons and activities on their website, and a second children’s book in the works, Cooler Communities hopes to be a trusted climate education resource for classroom teachers across New England and beyond.  

Educators can order free copies of The Energy Detectives: The Mystery of the Snow for all their students and explore the free standards-aligned lessons on the website:

Media Contact: Rachel Danford at 

About The Energy Detectives: The Energy Detectives is a series of free educational books that inspire children to become climate stewards. Through exciting mysteries and relatable characters, these books encourage young readers to explore sustainability, energy efficiency, and climate solutions.

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