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The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois – Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities

June 12-13, 2019, Carbondale, Illinois


Event Details

Day 1 – June 12


Date and Time: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Carbondale Civic Center

Each section – Energy, Economic Diversification and Innovation – has a keynote and a panel of experts. Local community organizations and businesses will participate in a general forum. 


Day 2 – June 13


Date and Time: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Carbondale Civic Center

Host: Albert Bates



This two-day event will provide southern Illinois communities,non-profits, businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals with education, resources and innovative ideas about opportunities in the changing economy.

During the conference the first day, three keynote speakers will provide background on what’s happening in the economy, and insight into economic diversification opportunities in energy, forestry, agriculture and more. Expert panelists will discuss issues and options for the region. A community forum will give participants the chance to speak to organizations and businesses directly. Attendance is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Lunch is provided for registered participants.

The second day features a workshop on Biochar by author, entrepreneur and permaculturist Albert Bates.

These events are sponsored by the Just Transition Fund ( and hosted locally by LLC ( and The Climate Economy.

Keynotes and Panelists - June 12

Energy Section

Keynote: Seth Feaster, Data Analyst and Researcher, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Energy Industry Trends

Panelists: Seth Feaster; Amanda Pankau, Prairie River Network (Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act); Aur Beck, AES Solar

Economic Development Section

Keynote: Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus U. of Missouri and Author, Sustainable Agriculture and Economic Sustainability

Panelists: Dr. John Ikerd; Cindy Winland, Just Transition Fund

Innovation Section

Keynote: Albert Bates, Founder and President of Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology, Chief Permaculture Officer, eCO2, for Cool Design, and Co-Author of BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Earth

Panelists: Albert Bates; Scott Settelmyer, TerraCarbon

Register Now

Register for The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois – Conference and Forum – June 12 – Free Admission

Register your business ($100) or organization ($0) to have a table the Community and Business Forum on June 12 

Register for The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois – Biochar Workshop – June 13 – $50 per person, limit 40

Sponsor and Organizer

Event Sponsor: The Just Transition Fund,

Local Host and LLC, and The Climate Economy