What We Do

We’re constantly adding stuff, so for the latest update just call: 618 713 2896.


Let’s get back into balance!  We all can help. Your tax-deductible contribution will be used as efficiently as possible for:

Climate Resilient Development: Encourage and fund student-led community-based people-centered “climate ventures” that are good for the climate, economy and humanity (YES, all of that!): sometimes we’re helping to update an existing business, and sometimes we’re creating something totally new: new businesses, community projects, nonprofits, etc.

Project-Based Education and Training: Rapidly train university, community college and high school students to work as catalysts in their communities for high-demand clean energy and climate ventures: we’re helping upcoming generations understand, thrive and contribute in our increasingly connected world

Transferable Skills Development: Giving students of all ages opportunities to develop skills that are increasingly needed or required in our technology-driven economy, including networking, artificial intelligence, and more

Impact Investing: Help impact investors and donors get funding into the hands of motivated student and community groups for novel, collaborative ventures that are good for the climate, economy and humanity

Making a Difference: Give students the opportunity to work in real ventures making positive local and global change through internships: they can identify and fuel their passions, learn more about the world and how they can make a difference

Job Placement: Getting southern Illinoisans into training for 100’s of new jobs for the many new solar- and clean energy-related businesses around the region

Identifying and Increasing Awareness of Various Funding Opportunities and Other Resources: Work to ensure the plethora of government funding that’s currently available is coming to our region’s communities and institutions

Clean Energy Industry Establishment: Work to ensure that every person and every business in our region takes advantage of the Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act which is pouring funding into new clean energy businesses and jobs in marginalized, low income and coal-affected communities throughout the state


These lists are not exhaustive, just meant to give a taste. We’re working on an “Our History” section.

We’re currently working to launch Catalyst Corps in spring 2024, training college students to go out in the world and make positive change in their communities.

We’ve worked with students from across the US and in Canada on research projects involved with Regen Villages and other topics.

Read about earlier Youth Climate Economy Ventures.

In 2022, we worked with 5th graders from Lick Creek School to try out some pilot programs. We did a trash audit, set up a vermicomposting bin, set up an aquaponics fish tank with plants growing, and did a play to younger classes at the end. It was awesome!

Trash Audit

Setting up the Vermicomposting Bin

Thinking about Vermicomposting Goals


A full list of all our past events and links to the related videos are available on The Climate Economy Education Inc’s website. 

University of Illinois CURES Community Project Labs

Joint application for Illinois CEJA Navigator Funds

Joint application for Illinois CEJA Hub Funds