Student Projects for Catalyst Corps and Green Venturing

Student Projects for Catalyst Corps and Green Venturing

Student Projects for Catalyst Corps and Green Venturing


This document outlines Student Projects for Catalyst Corps and Green Venturing basic structure and topic areas. All projects will be conducted by students or teams of students with a team facilitator (either a student, adult, or both). Students can develop entirely new projects and/or participate in projects or volunteer opportunities already running and just earn volunteer hours. After completion of the project for a class, students can decide to continue the work as a volunteer (outside of class activities), and/or the project will be continued by the next cohort of students. In that way we keep these as continuous projects once they’re started. Projects are for:

  • Middle school students (mostly participants of projects of older students)
  • High school students
  • College students
  • Adults/Parents/Teachers/lifelong learners

Please bear with us as we continuously update these things! If you have any questions you can call Amy McMorrow Hunter at 618 713 2896 or email amy @

Project Opportunities

  1. Become a Location Expert (Map Maker) – You can choose a location (usually a city, county or region depending on population density) and (one or both):
    • Map a region’s Places according to asset category (Assets for Human Development, Environmental, Financial, Institutional, Manufactured, Social and Cultural) and Climate Ventures, using the Climate Venture Map listing form.
    • Develop Climate SWOT: Determine key stakeholders, develop, send and analyze questionnaire (standar one provided), make recommendations
  2. Become a Topic Expert (News Curator) – You can choose a topic you’re interested in or browse our Categories. Project will include:
    • Learn how to set up a system for scanning news headlines and determine relevance and veracity
    • Post on The Climate Economy Education Inc’s social media accounts and manage followups
    • (Optional) Organizing and facilitation of an online discussion group for the topic
  3. Organize a Local or Online Event or Meeting (Kickoff or Resilience Fair)
  4. Join or Start a Group
    1. Join:
    2. Start: 
  5. Start a New Climate Venture or organize a Contest
  6. Create and Manage an Online Course (Instructor) – Choose a topic you’re interested in or choose from our Categories, and:
    • Develop the course using All4.Earth or other system; view courses at
    • Get people to take your course
    • Evaluate
  7. Check this Google Docs folder for more project ideas, including developing a curriculum, doing a social media idea contest, building a science center exhibit and running a cooperative development workshop for high school students.
  8. Parachutes for the Planet Tutorial (2018): the campy, amature tutorial we put together for the parachute project.
    Recent Parachutes Compilation by Barton Rubenstein: created by the Mother Earth Project for a zoom event this Friday–rescheduled after being shut down by zoom bombers last Friday. I’ll send an invite separately.
  9. Work with Fridays for Future: Fridays for Future UN Champions of the Earth Speech (2019): longer, but demonstrates some of the power and commitment of the Fridays for Future movement.
  10. Run Science Center Programs for K-8 students – The Science Center of Southern Illinois and other science centers will be partnering with TCE to provide regular programming for K-8 students, usually 2 hours or so on Saturdays. Students will be provided with materials, programming, and training, or they can develop their own program if they have ideas. Students will be responsible for setting up a schedule with the local science center and delivering the programming, either at the science center or at schools in the community.
  11. Help Design/Build Science Center Exhibits – The Science Center of Southern Illinois and other science centers design and build educational hands-on exhibits. Students can work with members of the SISC or other SC to help design and/or build an educational exhibit in their area of interest.
  12. Participate in Existing Climate Ventures/Online Courses/Groups/Events – Students can use material already produced by The Climate Economy, such as an online course, and help to get people taking the course and improving on the content and completion rates. They can support efforts for upcoming events planned by The Climate Economy.
  13. Green Product/Company Analyst – Working from an existing database of companies with “green” consumer products, update and add new listings. Work will involve researching claims and supply chains of companies and products, and giving overall ratings based on findings.
  14. Work with the Illinois Green Business Association to help businesses complete certification
  15. ReGen Villages for Public Housing Research – Several research projects have been completed by students regarding the ReGen Villages for Public Housing project. Students could identify and complete a research project contributing to the growing body of knowledge:
  16. Community and Rural Agriculture-Based Energy Economic Systems Development:
  17. Biochar: 
  18. Students can come up with ideas for projects they think might be useful for their homes, campuses or towns, and work with The Climate Economy on putting together a plan and carrying it out.

Supplies/Resources Provided by The Climate Economy

Templates (ie project report, etc.)

Rewards and Scholarships

Students that are participating in projects or volunteering as part of a class will get credit according to class requirements and/or extra credit, and will also get volunteer hours from TCE. They will need to track their time working on the project for volunteer hours.

  • Students who participate as a volunteer or are volunteering as part of a club will earn volunteer hours, and points for any activities on https://All4.Earth.
  • In some cases students may also receive certificates of completion or recognition. 
  • As time goes on students will be able to track their progress and use their experiences as part of their resume or job applications.
  • As sponsors and supporters are acquired for the continuing programs, scholarships and/or other rewards will be offered to students who complete projects and/or volunteer through Green Venturing. No scholarships are available yet as of 1/6/22.