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Mar 1 - 2, 2024

Generating Equity: Pathways to Union Careers in Clean Energy

Please join the Cornell ILR Climate Jobs Institute on March 1st and 2nd for a statewide conference, “Generating Equity: Pathways to Union Careers in Clean Energy.” The conference will be a generative convening with labor unions and allies, environmental justice groups, community advocates, workforce development organizations, and government officials to share best practices, build relationships, and learn from one another how we chart the way to a more diverse, equitable and unionized clean energy workforce.

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Mar 1 - 2, 2024
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Desmond Hotel-Crowne Plaza Albany
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany , NY 12211
United States


On March 1st and 2nd, Cornell ILR Climate Jobs Institute will host a statewide conference, “Generating Equity: Pathways to Union Careers in Clean Energy.” This gathering will build upon our recently released report, “Building an Equitable, Diverse, and Unionized Clean Energy Economy: What We Can Learn from Apprenticeship Readiness.” We will engage in panel discussions, breakout sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities as we continue to advance and build New York State’s clean energy economy. Participants will also engage with practitioners from across the state who are working to ensure that we simultaneously meet our climate goals and effectively address issues of equity. Together, we will explore how to create good union jobs that prioritize frontline and historically marginalized communities. Speakers will include representatives from organized labor, community organizations, government and industry partners, and others on the frontlines of this work.

Download a digital copy of our report, “Building an Equitable, Diverse, and Unionized Clean Energy Economy: What We Can Learn from Apprenticeship Readiness.”

Conference Themes:

  • Addressing Equity Through High Road Labor Standards 
  • Building Power through Community Labor Partnerships 
  • Basics of Successful Pre-apprenticeships 
  • Building Trades 101 
  • Expanding Pathways from Frontline Communities to High-Quality Careers in Manufacturing
  • Opportunities for Justice-Involved Communities 
  • Women in the Trades and Manufacturing 
  • Is There a Workforce Shortage or Good Jobs Shortage?
  • Mapping NYS’s Climate Workforce Needs by Region
  • Assessing NYS’s Current Climate Workforce Infrastructure
  • Addressing Barriers to Access 
  • Workforce Demand Forecasting

Breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM on both days.
Lunch will also be provided.
A special guestroom rate will be available for the nights of 2/29/24 and 3/1/24. Reservation information will be included in the conference registration confirmation.


The Climate Jobs Institute is pleased to announce the following speakers:

  • Alex Colvin, Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and Martin F. Scheinman ’75, MS ’76 Professor, Cornell ILR School
  • Ariel Avgar, David M. Cohen ’73 Professor of Labor Relations, Senior Associate Dean for Outreach and Sponsored Research, Director, Center for Applied Research on Work, Cornell ILR School
  • Carter Strickland, Chief Sustainability Officer & Executive Director of Climate Action, SUNY
  • Chris Erickson, Business Manager IBEW Local 3 & Chair, IBEW Executive Council
  • Cricket Thomas-O’Dell, Statewide Pre-Apprentice Program Coordinator/Director of Community Engagement, Workforce Development Institute, & NYS Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Davon Lomax, Political Director, DC9 Painters and Allied Trades
  • Doreen Harris, President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Jessica Ramos, New York State Senator
  • Melinda Person, President, New York State United Teachers
  • Nicole Bertrán, Executive Vice President, Construction Skills
  • Patricia Fahy, New York Assemblymember, 109th District
  • Pete Harckham, New York State Senator*
  • Rachel May, New York State Senator 48th Senate District
  • Stefani Zinerman, New York State Assemblymember, Assembly District 56
  • Vincent Albanese, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, New York State Laborers’ Organizing Fund
We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage and participate fully. Please list any reasonable accommodations you may need, such as alternate formats, interpreters, or sign-language interpreters.
How will you be attending?
Event confirmation will be emailed