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State and Regional Climate Policy

In 2010, the GLI provided consulting and technical expertise to labor unions engaged in the New York State Climate Action Plan (CAP).  The Climate Action Plan was the result of Governor Patterson’s Executive Order No. 24, which requires New York State to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York State by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.  This multi-stakeholder process assessed how all economic sectors can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change, and identify the extent to which such actions support New York’s goals for a clean energy economy.

The NYS CAP provided an opportunity for unions to influence and shape state-level climate protection policy in a way that creates jobs, builds communities, and strengthens unions. Unions involved include: New York State Building and Construction Trades Council, SEIU Local 32BJ, Laborers Eastern Region Organizing Fund, Transport Workers Union Local 100, Heat and Frost Insulators Union, DC 37, and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500. 

GLI continues to work with unions in New York and the Northeast to better understand the various regional, state and local climate protection policies.