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 Climate Economy in Southern Illinois

People in southern Illinois are building local community resilience in the face of climate change. Self-sufficiency in energy and food is a key part of this effort, and can result in more and better jobs in the region. Keeping our money local, supporting local...

Climate SWOT

Here's a skill we're going to need more of in the future: Climate SWOT. What's SWOT? It's a tool for competitive analysis. It's a business analysis where you consider: Strengths / Weaknesses / Opportunities / Threats - Read more on Investopedia. What's Climate SWOT?...

Economic Diversification Panel – June 12 2019 – Carbondale, Illinois

Economic development and diversification is a key component of community resilience. Consider this excerpt from L Hunter Lovins et al's "A Finer Future": The key may be to start not with the nation but at a more local level. Imagine what might be called the Just City....

Biochar: Resurrection

Biochar is something you make out of dead organic stuff (e.g., wood waste), by bringing it back to life with a new purpose. Biochar has been around for a long time. It's been found in ancient forests, responsible for maintaining the health and productive capacity of...

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...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Conference and Workshop Coming to Carbondale June 12-13: The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois – Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: May 8, 2019 Contact: Amy McMorrow Hunter, 618 713 2896, amy@shopcarbondale.com Conference and Workshop Coming to Carbondale June 12-13: The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois - Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities Education...

Metro East

The Climate Economy Education Inc Citizens Utility Board Piasa Palisades Sierra Club Sustainability at SIUe Metro East Green Alliance Confluence Climate Collaborative Main Sponsor The Just Transition Fund is dedicated to helping coal-affected communities build strong,...

Carbon Sequestration Gets the Gas

Some say that we have to focus on not only reducing our emissions, but on capturing carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere or being created by manufacturing and energy processes. This is known as carbon capture and sequestration (CCS; check out the Global CCS...

Why the Climate Economy #1: Money

There are many good reasons for caring about the climate, but since we're talking economy we'll start with money. Here are two of many good studies regarding the financial benefits of pursuing a climate economy now: NextGen Climate: The Pricetag of Being Young;...

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...

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...

Fossil Fuels Aren’t Cheap

Do you want cheaper energy? Maybe you need to go clean. Google "fossil fuels aren't cheap" (with quotations) and you get something like 300+ results.  Why is that? Lots of fossil fuel folks say we need to keep them around because they're so cheap.  Who's right? Well,...

Clean Energy Jobs Now and in the Future – Job Numbers and Human Welfare Going Up as We Work To Reduce Emissions

According to ClimateNexus, there were about 3,155,933 "clean energy" jobs in the US in 2018: (To increase the size of the text in the images, hit Ctrl and + as many times as you need, then to get it back to normal size hit Ctrl and -.) These numbers match up with the...

Natural Climate Solutions: Trees, Water, Land and More for 37% of GHG Reductions in Near Term

Building on the soil theme, there's a fabulously detailed new study on "natural climate solutions" (NCS); it tells us how to use conservation, restoration, and land management actions across forests, wetlands, grasslands, and farmland. The actions will increase carbon...

Life Cycle Analysis – Coal produces 25 times more greenhouse gases than solar photovoltaics

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has performed a "harmonization," or a further refinement, of hundreds of studies of life cycle analysis of solar photovoltaics, and compared it to the life cycle analysis greenhouse gas emissions of coal. The image above from...

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...

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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...
low-carbon | net zero | regenerative |circular | sustainable | renewable | resilient | clean | healthy | smart | profitable

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) nonprofit whose mission is to help everyone, everywhere generate people-centered climateventures through education and programs so every individual achieves prosperous net zero emissions in their lifestyles and work in order to bring and keep all the Earth’s natural systems in balance for current and future generations. New to TheClimateEconomy.com? Start Here.

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Coal2Sol Fundraiser Underway!

Installing solar at nonprofits at no cost to them, and training new solar workers as we do it!

Keeping Money Local - Southern Illinois Seminar Series - Oct - Nov 2020

Local self-sufficiency, supporting local, new business models and local investing options!

Upcoming Events

St. Louis Metro East Kickoff – Event #3

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Green Architecture...

Solar Fuel Cells...

Clean Energy Education...

Local Food Economy...

TheClimateEconomy.com – “3-Step Program Towards a Low-Carbon Lifestyle”

Just like that favorite breakfast cereal of yours is part of a complete breakfast, TheClimateEconomy.com is part of a complete low-carbon lifestyle strategy. Here are three steps that will help you to make the best choices to thrive authentically in a world with a changing climate.

1. Understand your needs and impact.

Evaluate your personal/business needs, and how you can cut unnecessary waste.

Ask questions.

Seek out truth in a world of disinformation.

Know your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in a world with a changing climate.

 

2. Be a star in the Climate Economy.

Explore and learn more about what you love, and how it fits in The Climate Economy.

Try things out.

Measure and evaluate.

Specialize and create value in your area of expertise. 

 

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3. Share and Participate

Build community.

Build connections.

Build trust.

Contribute your expertise. 

 

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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Metro East Kickoff – Event 2 of 3 – 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,...

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