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Climate Jobs for New York State

The Labor, Environment and Sustainable Development Initiative, along with the Global Labor Institute (a program of the Worker Institute at Cornell) is currently developing a “Climate Jobs” program for New York state. New York State’s Climate Action Plan requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent, based on 1990 levels, by 2050. Meanwhile, unemployment in the state remains high. Uniting climate protection and job creation, this project will build a Jobs-GHG Mitigation Index, a tool for policymakers designed to assess the type and number of jobs needed to meet New York State’s climate protection goals. We will use this new index to develop a basic policy and administration architecture for a New York state climate jobs program modeled on New Deal public works programs. An effective climate jobs program will help the state transition to a low-carbon economy while putting New Yorkers to work.