CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region

A nonprofit organization

$18,807 raised by 72 donors

63% complete

$30,000 Goal

Since 2008, CLEER has brought diverse people and communities together to speed the clean energy transition, building on areas of common ground: taking care of where we live, strengthening and diversifying the economy, and helping more people tap the benefits of clean energy. 

The Federal Inflation Reduction Act creates an exciting generational opportunity by significantly increasing funding for emissions-reduction measures. CLEER is in a unique position to help our region access those funds and support the growing number of communities and counties seeking to take action on climate. 

With your help, CLEER can expand our work to make clean energy more accessible to all. Our region is providing an inspiring model of the kind of progress needed to tackle the climate crisis and create a more equitable and resilient society.

CLEER’s Impact: By the Numbers

(On a mobile device, tap to enlarge the graphic.) Figures are totals since 2008, attributable to projects in which CLEER has been involved.    

Three Keys to Achieving Our Net-Zero Goals

Our state and local governments have set long-term goals for zeroing out emissions and transitioning to clean energy. CLEER’s role is to help create the necessary annual progress, focusing on three areas:


The twin strategies of the clean energy transition are to produce zero-emissions electricity and to electrify buildings and transportation. CLEER is driving efforts to maximize locally sited solar development, rather than relying on electricity imported from large-scale projects elsewhere. This is key to diversifying the regional economy – and to ensuring a “just transition” that cares for displaced workers and maximizes the benefits of clean energy for all.


Transportation is now the largest source of emissions in Colorado, and decarbonizing the sector requires urgent, concerted action and an array of tactics at the state, regional and local levels. CLEER helped develop what is now ReCharge Colorado, a state program that helps consumers, fleet managers and transit agencies switch to electric vehicles and provides technical assistance to install electric charging facilities. CLEER provides coaching in 14 counties, and also champions walking, bicycling and transit alternatives.


Eliminating emissions from buildings is the other big challenge of the clean energy transition. Building electrification is the long-term solution, but increasing energy efficiency will get us there faster and at much lower cost – plus, it creates jobs and puts money back into the pockets of households and businesses. CLEER developed and manages Garfield Clean Energy’s energy-efficiency programs. It also assists municipalities in updating their energy codes and offers professional trainings.

CLEER’s vision for a clean energy future 

  • A more diverse, sustainable economy that harnesses the power of energy innovation 
  • Green for all: policies and funding structures that ensure that all households and communities enjoy the benefits of clean energy and that no one is left behind in the transition 
  • A more resilient energy system, thanks to a smarter, less centralized grid 
  • A healthier environment for us and for future generations 
  • A connected, forward-looking region that’s doing its part to curb climate change


CLEER works to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy, increase energy independence and reduce our contribution to climate change.

Background Statement

CLEER was created in 2008 to help Garfield County and rural Colorado use energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative fuels to achieve energy independence and climate protection. Our work emphasizes these approaches:

- We join together as a region to create economies of scale for creating opportunities and overcoming barriers to clean energy.

- We increase awareness of energy use, and engage people in taking a more active role in shaping their energy and economic future.

- We offer easy access to assistance for households, businesses and governments by mobilizing a team of clean energy experts.

- We turn clean energy and climate protection into an economic opportunity.

- We serve as a catalyst for tangible progress and measurable results.

Organization Data


Organization name

CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region

other names

CLEER, New Century Transportation Foundation

Year Established


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Third Street Center 520 S. 3rd St., Suite 17
Carbondale, CO 81623


P.O. Box 428
Carbondale, CO 81623

Service areas

Garfield County, CO, US



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