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...

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...

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...

Stop Using Oil – A Spreadsheet

Recently, a bunch of oil blew up in Saudia Arabia, so suddenly US shale oil producers are all: OK let's ramp up production, more oil and natural gas! How about an alternative to that option, since: Nearly half of U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions are from petroleum...

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...

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...

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....

Catalysts

Catalyst Training Catalysts are individuals who are given responsibility to help nurture a geographical community on the CLimate Economy Action Network (CLEANetwork). Read more about Catalysts below. Courses coming soon. Anyone, anywhere can become a Solar Ambassador...

Why the Climate Economy #2: Health

It's a fact that the Clean Air Act saved 160,000 lives in 2010 alone. Top medical associations have sounded the alarm on the dangers of pollution and climate change. And just yesterday we have an article about research led by Harvard about the increase in people...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?...

A Fashion Transformation

"One truckload of clothing is wasted per second." Are you kidding me? This is from the findings of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's (EMF) new report on the textile industry. Also this: "If the industry continues on its current path, by 2050, it could use more than 26...

Moral Imagination, Strategic Foresight and Backcasting for Sustainable Futures

The Climate Economy requires a way of thinking that includes the future in every strategic decision. We do this all the time in our daily lives without thinking too much about it. We help our kids with their homework so they can be more likely to succeed in the...

Why the Climate Economy #4: Resilience

Rising temperatures, increasingly extreme weather events, and melting ice caps leading to rising sea levels are just a few of the things that are happening right now that are going to bring about monumental changes in life for everyone on the planet. There were 15...

Why the Climate Economy #3: Jobs

The Climate Economy is an infinite and transformational opportunity for jobs. You can pursue your passions and develop your own business, develop your community, or you can participate in may of the industries at the helm of the Climate Economy. For example, energy:...

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,...

Why the Climate Economy #6: For Future Generations

We are optimists at TheClimateEconomy.com, but we deal with reality and facts. We look at the facts, sometimes unpleasant, right in the face to understand what we need to do. This post is a reality blast in the face. It's alarming, but there's hope. If we...
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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.

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...

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Metro East Kickoff – 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, Author Watch the video on YouTube. Hunter talks about regenerative agriculture, gives examples of...

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