The Climate Economy in the Metro East: Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities

Meeting 2 of 3: Focus on Local Community Investment and Funding Strategies

May 27, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Details and Registration

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • 09:45 a.m. | Event opens
  • 10:00 a.m. | Welcome
  • 10:05 a.m. | Keynote/Panelist: Michael Shuman – economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a leading visionary on community economics; Books include The Local Economy Solution and “Put Your Money Where Your Life Is”
  • 10:50 a.m. | Q & A
  • 11:00 a.m. | Panelists: Connie Frey Spurlock, Ph.D., SIUe Successful Communities Collaborative, and Derissa Davis, Educator at James Avant Elementary, Inspirer, Leader, Visionary, Creator of Gardens
  • 11:15 a.m. | Panelist: Stephanie (Bush) Taylor, President/CEO, Community Development Sustainability Solutions, East St. Louis
  • 11:30 a.m. | Panelists: David LeZaks, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Croatan Institute, scientist and financial activist whose work is centered around developing innovative mechanisms for financing the transition to agroecological farming and food systems; Cindy Winland, Senior Fellow, Just Transition Fund, focusing on technical assistance and planning in communities impacted by the transition away from coal assets
  • 11:45 a.m. | Discussion Panel with Keynote and Panelists
  • 12:55 p.m. | Next Steps: CLimate Economy Action Network Quick Intro
  • 1:00 p.m. | Wrap

Location: Online Web Conference

REGISTRATION REQUIRED – 2 Registration Options:

  1. Register on the CLimate Economy Action Network (CLEAN) and RSVP for the event through the link there – read more about CLEAN here.
  2. Skip the CLimate Economy Action Network – just sign me up for the web conference


Event Description

In St. Louis’s Metro East area, a group of organizations are teaming up to help build local economic resilience and diversity in the face of climate change. People interested in building a vision of the future where business models and lifestyles are good for humanity, the climate and the economy are encouraged to participate. Speakers and panelists for Part 2 of this 3-part kickoff event will discuss the potential, current status and challenges of local community investment and funding strategies. We’ll be hearing about financing mechanisms from self-directed IRAs and solo 401(k)s to regenerative food system funding models, and the community-focused programs that can benefit from innovative funding growth, from youth mentoring to property restoration to urban agriculture. A quick introduction to the Metro East’s CLimate Economy Action Network (CLEAN) to help individuals get involved take target actions in our local communities will be provided at the end. This event is being held online to keep people safe and healthy while helping to build an attainable and realistic vision of the future where everyone thrives authentically.

Metro East Kickoff – Event 1 of 3 – Regenerative Organic Agriculture – May 13 2020 – And Funding Resources

Much appreciation and thanks goes out to our esteemed presenters and panelists! Presenter L. Hunter Lovins Natural Capitalist Solutions, President, Founder,...



Main Sponsor

The Just Transition Fund is dedicated to helping coal-affected communities build strong, resilient, and diversified new energy economies.

Metro East Community Sponsors

Energy Resources Group


This is Web Conference #2 of 3 for the Metro East Climate Economy! Learn about what happened at the first event on regenerative organic agriculture.

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