Presentations

Fifteen presenters helped to set the stage for community resilience in southern Illinois.

 

 

Networking

One senior executive from St. Louis said: This is the best networking I’ve ever had.

 

 

Panel Discussions

Panel discussions provided ideas and perspectives on energy, economic diversification and innovation in southern Illinois.

 

 

The Next Generation

Representatives from Carbondale Sunrise Youth and even more up-and-coming representatives joined in.

 

 

Education and Resources

Attendees were provided with education and resources for community resilience in the face of climate change for southern Illinois.

 

 

“The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois – Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities” took place in Carbondale on June 12, 2019. It brought together experts in energy, economic diversification and innovation to provide attendees with education and resources for community resilience in the face of climate change. Key takeaways from the event included (in no specific order and not exhaustive):

 

  • There is a lot we have forgotten about what it means to be human.
  • Disconnection from nature is a problem in our society, especially for kids.
  • The money is there for new projects; people just need to ask about it.
  • We need to keep this group going because it’s got a lot of expertise.
  • People need education and resources about the transition in energy, the economy and society.
  • People want to do better.
  • Preparation and proactive policies are needed.
  • Everything takes time but we have to start.
  • We need to take care of people and the Earth.
  • We need a new generation of farmers.
  • We all need to work together
  • This is just the beginning.
  • We need to put people first instead of the economy/money.
  • We all have a big choice ahead of us.
  • We need a local focus on problem solving.
  • Collaboration is key.
  • We have so much to do!

Event Presentations and Videos

Clean Energy

Event Assets: The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois - Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities - June 12, 2019

 

Economic Diversification

Event Assets: The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois - Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities - June 12, 2019

 

 

 

Innovation

Event Assets: The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois - Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities - June 12, 2019

 

Thanks to the Just Transition Fund for Sponsoring!

  • Special thanks to all keynotes, panelists, attendees and tablers, and to Town Square Market for the fabulous food and drinks.
  • City of Carbondale: Special Thanks to City of Carbondale, Sustainability Commission, for sponsoring part of our Civic Center fee.
  • Prairie Rivers Network: Special thanks to Prairie Rivers Network for providing travel funds.
  • Southern Illinois Community Foundation: Special thanks to SICF for acting as fiduciary.

And thanks to the remainder of our forum participants:

  • University of Illinois Extension: https://extension.illinois.edu; University of Illinois Extension works with you to bring scientifically-based, locally focused tools to your community. Urbana, Illinois.
  • Keep Carbondale Beautiful: www.keepcb.org; Keep Carbondale Beautiful initiates, plans, and directs cooperative efforts in litter control, recycling, community beautification, and environmental education. Carbondale, IL.
  • Illinois Biochar Group AND Juntos Energy Solutions NFP: www.illinoisbiochargroup.org; IBG promotes biochar issues in Illinois and surrounding states. Juntos NFP (based in Illinois) has projects in India with cookstoves that generate carbon offsets and make charcoal. Normal, Illinois.
  • StraightUp Solar: www.straightupsolar.com; StraightUp Solar is a full turnkey, BBB A+, locally owned and environmentally-conscious Certified B Corp solar installer founded in 2006. St Louis, MO.
  • Faith in Place: www.faithinplace.org; Interfaith Earth care nonprofit. Harrisburg, IL.
  • CarbondaleSpring.org
  • Sierra Club
  • AES Solar
  • Albert Bates
  • Dr. Paul Anderson

This was just the beginning, so stay tuned at si.theclimateeconomy.com!