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  • Sustainable Webinar Series #3 – Waste less and save money with the 3 R’s and Green Purchasing
    Lots of great strategies from Cassie Carroll of the Illinois Green Business Association at today’s webinar! You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/WoNdBnD8fsg
  • Southern Illinois Sustainble Business Webinar Series Part 2: Increasing Profit Margins by Reducing Energy and Water Use
    Hear from Cassie Carroll from the Illinois Green Business Association talk about simple costs savings strategies for water and energy, and Larry Irwin from Leidos, who manages the Ameren Incentives Program for Industrial and Large Businesses. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Hegorf6zE40. 
  • Southern Illinois Sustainable Business Webinar Series Part 1: WHAT IS “SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS” AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
    Cassie Carrol from the Illinois Green Business Association gave the first of four webinars on Thursday, Feb. 3rd about sustainable business. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/_NjMERkTHHE Sustainability continues to gain momentum nationwide and large corporations continue to drive innovation. Consumers are also seeking ways to not only be sustainable but want to support […]
  • Life in The Climate Economy
    The Climate Economy Education Inc’s strategy is based on educating every individual on how they can live their passions and earn a living while nurturing human and environmental health. We call it “thriving authentically.” There are so many factets of each individual and their situation that make them shine. We want to teach every young […]
  • Looking for somewhere to donate this Giving Tuesday?
    The fabulous Southern Illinois Community Foundation is doing its annual GiveSI fundraiser, where donations are matched depending on how much is raised. Many awesome local nonprofits are represented, you should check it out! Here’s the page with all the nonprofits: https://sicommfdn.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list/grant?grant_cycle_id=1000. All donations are tax deductible! If you’d like to make a donation to The […]
  • Celebrating 2021, Preparing for 2022
    2021 has been a banner year for climate and energy! Over the coming days and weeks, at The Climate Economy Education Inc we’ll be celebrating the many achievements over 2021 for energy and climate, the good they are meant to do and how you can benefit. We want to help prepare everyone for an exciting […]
  • New CLEANetwork.com wiki on climate and renewable energy laws, accords and ordinances
    Check it out: https://cleanetwork.com/docs/climate-and-renewable-energy-laws-accords-ordinances/ Join us at the weekly noon Monday meeting: Hi there, You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Nov 15, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqdeqhqzIjH9FohIUFNbYnCCHq4cHguc2d After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Learn about the new Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act
    Link to TCE’s CEJA Toolkit on CLEANetwork.com for background info and summary details of CEJA. The Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs act was signed into law on September 15, 2021. It took years of negotiations and give and take among hundreds of community groups across the state, government and labor organizations. The crafters of the bill […]
  • Reminder: Carbondale Community Resilience Fair Saturday
    Virtual Event this Saturday Provides Education, Community Conversations, Networking and Celebration of Community Resilience and Sustainability Everyone is encouraged to attend this virtual event, to find their niche in the upside of taking action on climate change. This event, held virtually this Saturday, August 28, 1-3:30 p.m., aims to accentuate bold action on climate change—action that […]
  • Calculate Your Degrees of Separation from Extraction – Discussion
    It’s really hard to get paid for doing a job nowadays that’s not either directly involved in unsustainable natural resource extraction or closely related to it. Obvious extraction is anything that’s digging up or cutting down natural resources in an unsustainable way. Extraction includes big ag, in that we’re altering the natural landscape so much that […]
  • Three Good Habits for Contributing to Purposeful Change
    If you’re like me, you’re thinking about never reading the news again because it’s so depressing, scary and confusing. I want to help but I don’t know what to do, and everyone’s pointing fingers at everyone else. Heat waves and record high temperatures out west. More than half of animal species at risk. Climate migrants […]
  • Hydroponics and Local Food and Farms Events Tomorrow, April 20
    Don’t forget to sign up for tomorrow’s events! Hydroponics at noon, Local Food and Farms at 4:30. Free but registration is required, get registration link at https://cleanetwork.com/events/. Please share!
  • Go Solar SI! Weekly Wednesday Noon Meetings
    Did you miss the “Go Solar SI” meeting last week? That’s OK! Here’s a link to the video: https://youtu.be/3jlvtD0bX5g We’ll be meeting from now on every Wednesday at noon, starting this Wednesday April 21, to keep moving solar energy installations forward in southern Illinois. To view those events and get the details, click here: https://cleanetwork.com/events/go-solar-si-weekly-wednesday-meetings/
  • Press Release: Events April 20-27 on Local Food and Farms, Hydroponics, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biochar and Local Carbon Network
    April Event Series Continues Efforts for “Community Opportunity Organizing” April 15, 2021, Southern Illinois – Clean energy and climate change adaptation and mitigation opportunities are the biggest moment of our time. A series of events this April and May are kicking off a concerted #AllTogetherNowSI effort to organize our communities around the efforts to bring […]
  • Press Release: Go Solar SI! Solar Discussion April 14
    April 8, 2021, Southern Illinois – Clean energy and climate change adaptation and mitigation opportunities are the biggest moment of our time. A series of events this April and May are kicking off a concerted #AllTogetherNowSI effort to organize our communities around the efforts to bring these new opportunities to the southern Illinois region, for […]
  • April Event Schedule
    Lots going on in April! Check out the Earth Month event schedule.
  • This President’s Day, Celebrating President Biden’s Aggressive Climate and Jobs Agenda
    First of all, can I just say how nice it is to have a president who is clearly super excited and proud to be our president and to be out there and working to protect lives and improve things for all Americans using science and compassion? There’s my hopefulness, now back to reality. We have […]
  • Aur’s Next Solar Training Coming Up Feb 20
    Aur Beck’s spring solar training started January 23. If you missed it, it’s OK! The next class is Feb. 20, Saturday, 9am-3pm. It is one Saturday a month. The goal is to pass the NABCEP Associate test and do a hands on installation the last Saturday of the class. Here are links to registration for all […]
  • How We Win The Battle: By Working Together
    In the first post of the year, I pointed out that 2021 is the battle year. It’s the turning point, the crux, the pivot, where everything changes. That’s a tough battle. How do we win? By working together. Yep, that’s right: we fight and win by working together. Every one of us. It’s the only […]
  • Happy 2021! Out with the old, in with the new.
    We’re all glad that’s over, right? 2020 was a hard year, especially for those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, and we’ve still got many challenges ahead. Never before has it been more clear that if you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything. That goes for each person, family, business, community, state, […]
  • New Reports on Climate Equity and Just Transitions
    Three great studies reported today related to climate equity and just transitions. You can find links to all of them on CLEANetwork Magazine at https://www.cleanetwork.com/magazine/climate-justice-today/.  Climate equity and just transitions are a key component of change in The Climate Economy. These three reports are a great way to get some knowledge about what’s happening and why […]
  • Keeping Money Local – Videos
    You can watch the videos from the first two “Keeping Money Local” webinars here. Keeping Money Local #1 – The Big Picture – webinar series for southern Illinois, October 19 2020 For this webinar we’ll be learning about local self-sufficiency, what it means and how we can achieve it, and tools we can start using […]
  • Investment in Southern Illinois communities and people is the focus of this upcoming webinar series
    Local organizations cooperate with the goal to increase regional long-term self-sufficiency A webinar series coming up in October-November on “Keeping Money Local” will feature experts in local self-sufficiency, supporting local businesses, new business forms and local investment strategies. Speakers and panelists from local businesses will cover topics that can benefit our region, including initiatives that […]
  • Time for a Just Transition
    What exactly are southern Illinois legislators waiting for? Ameren is switching to renewable energy and planning to close down coal plants, Vistra Energy has announced closure of all its Illinois coal plants, and the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative laid off 21 people because they’re closing a coal boiler, switching to solar and saving everyone $125 […]
  • Press Release for local Coal2Sol fundraiser
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 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 Local fundraiser looks to stir up community support for free solar installations at local nonprofits Meeting crowdfunding goal of $3,000 by Oct.16 make new program eligible for more […]
  • Food Insecurities in Our Community
    Article from Produce for the People https://www.shareable.net/produce-for-the-people-community-resilience-and-food-security/?fbclid=IwAR3rqyHP6Ogz7PvRQA8k9LZSDA1gqZUdwZWboSeBn4qCaynpDFGrXrUr1Yw
  • Set Up Email Notifications
    Want to get an email message sent out to you when something interesting happens on CLEANetwork? You can change the settings for email notifications by going to the profile menu by clicking on the Profile Dropdown Menu in the upper right-hand corner of the page, then scroll down to “Account” then over to “Email Preferences.” […]
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  • Getting Oil Out of Our System
    We are addicted to oil. It is tangled up in our lives, in everything we do, everything we use, even what we eat. But we have to stop using oil. It’s totally do-able if we look hard at how it’s tangled up in our lives, and take steps to deliberately untangle it. Here are some […]
  • Free Online Courses on Any Topic
    Get started exploring how you can brush up your skills, try out new things you “always wanted to do.” Learn to turn your ideas and passions into neat new things, businesses, or ways of helping people that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. There are literally thousands of online courses available free. Some […]
  • Farmers Markets In Our Schools
    Read this on “Green Our Planet:” This year, schools are on track to run more than 200 farmers markets at their schools, most of them run by 5th graders. Many of these schools are in low income neighborhoods where there’s no fresh food for miles. So now we have 5th graders helping provide fresh produce […]
  • Community Solar
    There are some opportunities in Carbondale to learn about getting involved community solar, where you don’t have to invest in your own solar system: Visit Solarize Southern Illinois: http://solarizesouthernillinois.com/events/ To learn about Illinois Solar For All, a program for income-based community solar participation at a reduced rate: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ru_5Q4TPTgO1u6FMVDbUHg Please share and add additional info if you […]
  • Outdoor Learning Spaces
    There are lots of good reasons to get kids outside for learning. Let them get outside for some fresh air, get closer to nature, burn off some energy from being pent up inside. Now more than ever this is the case this is important, with everything that’s happening with the coronavirus.  Eugene Basanta at Carbondale […]
  • Free Online Course @UN: Climate Change:From Learning to Action
    This course is available from the United Nations at the following link: https://unccelearn.org/course/view.php?id=48&page=overview It’s free and open to the public, you just have to set up an account to take it. Here’s some additional info from the UN climate change learning website: Think, Learn, Act Climate! The course helps you understand what climate change is, […]
  • Free Online Course @UN: Green Economy
    This is a course offered by the United Nations at this link:  https://unccelearn.org/course/view.php?id=51&page=overview You can view all the UN courses at this link: https://unccelearn.org/course/ The course is free and open to the public, but you have to register an account. A green economy results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental […]
  • What are we doing about housing?
    There’s a housing eviction crisis looming on the horizon. What is happening in our communities? We already know that low-income housing in Illinois is in a state of disrepair, and has been for a long time, even as upscale neighborhoods fight against decent living conditions for their fellow Americans. This isn’t an accusation, just a […]
  • Natural Climate Solutions
    Studies have shown that natural climate solutions can deliver 37% of necessary greenhouse gas reductions in the near term. The Nature Conservancy has tons of insights on natural climate solutions. Check out Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace Map: Welcome to Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Markets Map, which tracks projects and initiatives to protect forests, conserve watersheds, and […]
  • Helping Communities Welcome Migrants and Refugees
    An article out today is a perfect example of what will most likely NOT be helpful to improve the situation of climate refugees and immigrants already living and working in our communities.  Does anyone know of programs out there that communities or individuals are already doing or can look into to help welcome migrants and […]
  • Local Carbon Network
    I would like to do a local carbon network at a location just south of Carbondale, out by Blue Sky Winery. A local carbon network is where we collect organic waste (agriculture, forestry), make something useful out of it and distribute it to those in the network, and sell whatever’s left over. These guys out […]
  • Understand and Measure Your Carbon Footprint
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    Click the link under “courses” above! You get a pretty badge and 20 points upon completion.