Climate Cycle (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Ms. Cassie Freeman
  • Title:Directorof Schools Programming

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Climate Cycle
  • Address:1415 W. Devon
    Chicago, IL 60660
    United States

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  • Main phone:(773) 942-6845

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  • Mission:
  • Climate Cycle’s mission is “inspiring students to green our world”. With this comes a three-word tagline that serves as a springboard for everything we do: Clean. Energy. Movement. These three words embody how we bring our mission of inspiring students to green our world to life. Specifically, Climate Cycle raises money through our annual bike ride called the Ride to Recharge. The money raised in turn supports solar installations and other green programs and projects in Chicagoland schools.
    While fundraising is a vital cornerstone in what we do, Climate Cycle is much more than a fund-raising mechanism. We offer academic support to schools and students while breaking down the economic and logistical barriers to helping schools go solar. Every component of each school’s solar installation is handled by Climate Cycle, including:
    • Site surveys & permitting
    • Contracts, labor & equipment procurement
    • Legal agreements with the Chicago Public School Central offices.

    From the get-go, we ensure our partner schools have an ongoing commitment to sustainability and that we continue to support schools in these efforts. To become a Climate Cycle Solar School, applicant schools must demonstrate how they will incorporate alternative and best energy practices into their curriculum and/or extracurricular activities. Climate Cycle directly supports this curricular integration through:
    • On-site visits
    • Teacher meetings
    • Providing learning tools such as solar software
    • Helping create lesson plans that align clean energy curriculum with state learning standards.

    Additionally, Climate Cycle helps organize a “Solarbration” at each school, which is an opportunity for the school community at large to celebrate their solar achievements.

  • History:
  • Joey Feinstein had given little thought to climate change until he met a small town North Dakota farmer during a cross-country bicycle trip in 2000. This farmer shared his deep concerns about the shifts he was seeing in weather and this conversation changed Joey's life. The following spring, Joey graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a BA in Sociology and began teaching in his hometown of Evanston, IL at Rice Children's Center. More than 80% of all children attending this school were wards of the state and lived in a residential facility attached to the school. Despite the severe personal challenges these children faced, Joey could never shake the nagging feeling that these kids were learning little about the global challenges that would ultimately affect them in the future. After graduating from the Presidio School of Management with an MBA in Sustainable Management in 2007, he founded Climate Cycle.

    Climate Cycle, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2008 out of a concern that today's youth lacked the tools necessary to respond to global warming or benefit from the emerging green economy. Today, Climate Cycle leads the charge in catalyzing environmental education in the classroom and in our communities by developing young leaders in sustainability.

    Since 2009, Climate Cycle has inaugurated ten solar schools. These schools are recipients of solar systems and a dynamic school curricula to maximize hands-on learning. The selected schools share a vision of climate solutions and energy independence from the students, faculty, administration, and beyond. Climate Cycle utilizes renewable energy because it is an available technology that provides tangible learning opportunities.

    Our annual Ride to Recharge is an opportunity for community members, teachers, and students to demonstrate support for increasing environmental education in our schools.

  • Year established:2008
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:0
  • Advisory board size:16
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:26-0790757

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:260790757
  • Organization Name:CLIMATECYCLE
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  • Organization Address:5425 N GLENWOOD AVE
  • Organization City:CHICAGO
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:60640-1203
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 2008
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:U30
  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 4:58:50 pm

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