What is the Circular Economy?

The Circular Economy takes the old fashioned linear take-make-dispose model and turns it circular, designing out waste and optimizing resource use. It's not just recycling, it's more like designing the product from the start to be zero-waste. Businesses save money by...

Press release 9/23/20: Local fundraiser looks to stir up community support for free solar installations at local nonprofits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2020 Contacts: Aur Beck, 618 893 1717, tech@aessolar.com; Amy McMorrow Hunter, The Climate Economy Education Inc, 618 713 2896, amy@theclimateeconomy.com Local fundraiser looks to stir up community support for free solar...

Press Release 9/30/20: Investment in Southern Illinois communities and people is the focus of this upcoming webinar series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2020 Contact: Byram Fager, Southern Illinois Community Foundation, 618 997 3700, blfager@sicf.org; Amy McMorrow Hunter, The Climate Economy Education Inc, 618 713 2896, amy@theclimateeconomy.com Website: www.keepingmoneylocal.com ...

Soil: The Next Carbon Frontier?

Have you heard about the permafrost melting? This is soil or ground that's been frozen for sometimes thousands of years, and it covers one quarter of the land in the northern hemisphere. As recently reported, in places like Alaska and others, we're finding out that...

Blockchain for Energy

If you're interested in computer science, this post is especially for you! If you're not into computer science, you still need to read on... Blockchain, according to Wikipedia: is a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of records, called...

Innovation Panel – June 12 2019 – Carbondale, Illinois

The Innovation Section, with keynote and panelists, will wrap up the day's events at The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois - Creating Resilient Business, Jobs and Communities. The cultivation of southern Illinois' rich natural resources and waste streams  are...

Labels for Impact

The world needs a meaningful measure developed for products (and services) that provide information about life cycle environmental/social impact. How much energy is used, how much waste is produced, water used, if they stay under a certain carbon footprint (or zero...

Metro East Kickoff – Local Community Investment and Funding Strategies – May 27 2020

Presenters and PanelistsA million thanks to our keynote presenter and our panel of experts! Listen to author and economist Michael H. Shuman discuss local community investment strategies.  Michael Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a...

Key Takeaways, Presentations, Videos from June 12 2019 Event in Carbondale

Fifteen presenters helped to set the stage for community resilience in southern Illinois.   One senior executive from St. Louis said: This is the best networking I've ever had.   Panel discussions provided ideas and perspectives on energy, economic...

Smart Buildings and Energy Efficiency

I'm not going to be able to say it better: Any successful climate protection strategy must consider residential and commercial buildings, which are responsible for almost 40 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. From houses and hotels to schools and skyscrapers,...

The Obsolescence of Ignorance

Ignorance is a lack of knowledge or information according to Dictionary.com. Ignorance is dangerous because it can result in people making bad choices and taking actions that harm themselves and others, and it is completely unnecessary. We don't have to get mad if...

Waste Not Want Not

Waste is a huge opportunity. We're talking mainly here about waste from human consumption and daily activities (food, shelter, clothing, etc.). Humans produce it daily by the bucket loads (about 4.4 pounds per day per person according to most estimates). According the...

Energy Panel – June 12 2019 – Carbondale, Illinois

Here are some details about the energy panelists and topic areas at the upcoming June 12 event in Carbondale: The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois - Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities. Our energy panel is going to help us look at our current...

Moms and Dads Carbondale Meetups

The first meetup is Friday, September 13, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Turley Park in Carbondale, Illinois. We are in charge of buying things for our family, of making sure we can provide for them, and making sure that they get the education they need. We want to do what’s...

Why the Climate Economy #5: Um, Climate.

We humans kind of need planet Earth to be healthy so that we can all, well, survive. If the planet gets really sick, the only ones who will survive will likely be those hydrothermal vent creatures and super rich who can escape to the moon or Mars. Do you fall into...

Understanding Your Carbon Footprint

Consider this: @AssaadRazzouk An American's fridge uses 458 kw/h per year. That's 7 times more electricity than the average Ethiopian uses in total in one year 3 times a Nigerian or Kenyan 1 times a Pakistani a or a Bangladeshi 57% of an Indian or Indonesian 27% of an...

What is The Climate Economy?

The climate economy is where we learn how to create a world where humans, the climate and the economy can all prosper. it's not only possible, it's going to lead to more prosperity, equality, health and happiness for everyone. Not only that, it's cutting edge in a...

Electric Vehicles Dent the Market

Just today we're hearing: Tesla Passes Ford by Market Cap Before Musk Delivers Model 3. Ouch, who would've thought! Now you never know if that will stick but it's a pretty substantial moment. Why should we be thinking about electric vehicles (EV's)?  Well, for...

EcoTourism

With summer upon us, you may be looking for vacation ideas. Not to rain on your parade, but your vacation is probably not going to be great for the environment. Most mass-market tourism, the way we often practice it nowadays with no-holds-barred travel, accommodation,...

Break a Leg, Climate Change

There has been quite some controversy recently about a story out of NY magazine: The Uninhabitable Earth. It goes into detail about things that "could" happen to the planet with projected changes in climate, such as food shortages, plagues, continuous wars, etc. Some...
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Find your niche in the climate economy, where it’s a win-win-win for climate-economy-humanity.

The Climate Economy is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit for education and experimentation on business models and lifestyles that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. Our mission is to empower every individual, through youth-led community-based generative change, to build wealth and live their purpose in service to all life on earth, nurturing nature and human well-being. We call that “thriving authentically.” Our vision is to replace the current market system, which puts humanity’s core values of human rights, freedom, security, democracy, health, equality, and our very survival at supreme risk. By 2050, we envision a thriving zero-carbon economy, and we will have eradicated poverty, unemployment, violence, addiction and mental health issues of all kinds, and forever wars over resources.

All of the resources we provide are free (supported by sponsors and donations). We encourage you to take the ideas and use them in your own communities, such as CLEANetwork.Earth, The Climate Economy Action Network, for edcuation and experimentation on business models and lifestyles that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. Please connect with us so we can share ideas and progress! We even make guides and we’re just getting started…Read more.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

POSTPONED: First Annual Teen Summit and Maker Faire

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STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATE!
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Dentmon Center, 880 High Street, Carbondale IL 62901

Description: The Green Venture Fest aims to inspire, educate and empower our youth to solve problems and become leaders in our communities. This is a brand new combination of curated activities and programs to build the cooperative energy of our youth:

  1. Summit: Conversations on teen-chosen topics, team-building activities
  2. Maker Faire: With creative/artistic/scientific exhibits, demonstrations, workshops
  3. Club Forum: School clubs can share their activities and achievements and sign up new members

Students at schools from all over Southern Illinois are invited to attend! You can come as a club, or a group of interested students, or both!

Maker Faire

This event is an official Maker Faire Event! Carbondale Community High School’s Maker Club has been helping to organize the event from the start, which is why their name is on the logo, but this event is for ALL SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOLS!

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Upcoming Events in Feb 2022

Join us each Thursday in February at 10am for a webinar series aimed to help businesses adapt and recover, build resilience, and reduce costs through sustainability practices. We’ll talk about why sustainability matters for small business and cover a variety of low to no cost savings opportunities to get your business started down its sustainability journey.

First Resilience Fair in Carbondale, Illinois

On August 28, TCE together with the City of Carbondale’s Sustainability Commission and the Southern Illinois Cooperative Business Fund provided first Resilience Fair, with education, community conversations, networking and celebration.

All Together Now, Southern Illinois!

A series of events took place in April as part of “All Together Now, Southern Illinois!” Topics included solar, local food and farms, energy efficiency and renewable energy for rural economic development, biochar and our local carbon network.

Virtual Event this Saturday Provides Education, Community Conversations, Networking and Celebration of Community Resilience and Sustainability

Virtual Event this Saturday Provides Education, Community Conversations, Networking and Celebration of Community Resilience and Sustainability

Everyone is encouraged to attend this virtual event, to find their niche in the upside of taking action on climate change. This event, held virtually this Saturday, August 28, 1-3:30 p.m., aims to accentuate bold action on climate change—action that leads to improved...

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Press Release 10/02/20: Local solar business wants to donate solar systems worth $20,000 each to local nonprofits that can generate the most community support over the next two weeks

Press Release 10/02/20: Local solar business wants to donate solar systems worth $20,000 each to local nonprofits that can generate the most community support over the next two weeks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2, 2020 Contacts: Aur Beck, AES Solar, 618 893 1717, tech@aessolar.com; Amy McMorrow Hunter, The Climate Economy Education Inc, 618 713 2896, amy@theclimateeconomy.com Website: https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/story/Coal2sol ...

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Press Release 9/30/20: Investment in Southern Illinois communities and people is the focus of this upcoming webinar series

Press Release 9/30/20: Investment in Southern Illinois communities and people is the focus of this upcoming webinar series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2020 Contact: Byram Fager, Southern Illinois Community Foundation, 618 997 3700, blfager@sicf.org; Amy McMorrow Hunter, The Climate Economy Education Inc, 618 713 2896, amy@theclimateeconomy.com Website: www.keepingmoneylocal.com ...

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Press Release 10/02/20: Local solar business wants to donate solar systems worth $20,000 each to local nonprofits that can generate the most community support over the next two weeks

Press release 9/23/20: Local fundraiser looks to stir up community support for free solar installations at local nonprofits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2020 Contacts: Aur Beck, 618 893 1717, tech@aessolar.com; Amy McMorrow Hunter, The Climate Economy Education Inc, 618 713 2896, amy@theclimateeconomy.com Local fundraiser looks to stir up community support for free solar...

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