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The Climate Jobs Institute is guiding the nation’s transition to a strong, equitable, and resilient clean energy economy by pursuing three aims: to tackle the climate crisis; to create high-quality jobs; and to build a diverse, inclusive workforce.

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Climate Jobs Institute to Launch in New York City

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The ILR School Climate Jobs Institute, the first U.S. academic institution focused on conducting research and developing policy for governments across the nation to support clean energy targets, is launching Jan. 25 in New York City.
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Climate Jobs Institute to Launch in New York City

Climate Jobs Institute Launch Celebrated

Union leaders, elected officials, non-profit organizations and others across the nation are lauding the growth of the ILR School initiative.
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Climate Jobs Institute Launch Celebrated

An offshore wind project being built with union labor could be exactly what energy workers need

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“The majority of [wind-related] jobs are going to be in the manufacturing supply chain,” says Lara Skinner, so the country needs to prioritize the development of domestic renewable supply chains.
An offshore wind project being built with union labor could be exactly what energy workers need

Announcing Cornell ILR's New Climate Jobs Institute

Please join us for the launch of Cornell ILR’s new Climate Jobs Institute on Wednesday, January 25, 5-8 PM ET in New York City.
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Announcing Cornell ILR's New Climate Jobs Institute

Cunningham delivers multiple training sessions for members of Northern California’s SEIU Local 1021

Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate co-facilitates climate change training sessions for members of Northern California’s SEIU Local 1021.
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Cunningham delivers multiple training sessions for members of Northern California’s SEIU Local 1021

New report from Cornell’s Labor Leading on Climate team in collaboration with others provides a workers inquiry on how to decarbonize and diversify defense in the United States and the United Kingdom

Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate research team partners with other researchers at the University of Glasgow, California State University - Dominguez Hills, University of Bristol to explore, “How can we transition the defense sector towards environmental sustainability in the US and UK?”
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New report from Cornell’s Labor Leading on Climate team in collaboration with others provides a workers inquiry on how to decarbonize and diversify defense in the United States and the United Kingdom

Biden Promised “Good-Paying Union Jobs,” But It Will Take Organizing to Get Them

"People have to see how building a new clean energy economy improves their lives, expands their access to jobs, increases their pay and benefits, protects and supports existing good jobs, lowers energy bills, expands prosperity and makes our communities healthier,” said Skinner at the Climate Jobs Summit.
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Biden Promised “Good-Paying Union Jobs,” But It Will Take Organizing to Get Them

Insight from the Equity In Focus Summit

Maral Asik, LLC's Student Research Fellow, shares insight on the green workforce from the Equity In Focus Summit, co-hosted by the Worker Institute and the US DoL Women’s Bureau.
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Insight from the Equity In Focus Summit

New York at Work 2022 Published

Research-based data and policy analysis on a range of issues impacting New York’s workers, unions and employers are the focus of the ILR School’s second annual Labor Day report.
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New York at Work 2022 Published

After Successful Bike Parking Demo, DOT is Rightfully Being Asked, ‘What Now?’

A recent study by Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate recommends converting 5 percent of street parking spaces into 150,000 sheltered bike parking spaces by 2025.
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After Successful Bike Parking Demo, DOT is Rightfully Being Asked, ‘What Now?’

Skinner Speaks at the 2022 WSLC Constitutional Convention

“There is great potential to grow a pro-union climate plan in Washington that addresses the climate crisis at scale and grows and builds the labor movement,” said Lara Skinner, Director of the Labor Leading on Climate program at Cornell.
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Skinner Speaks at the 2022 WSLC Constitutional Convention

Changing Power Sources Starts With Changing Minds

Melanie La Rosa discusses the relevance of the Climate for Change: A Complete Climate Jobs Roadmap for New York City report as an opportunity "to a climate labor force [that] could spur thousands of new jobs,” in her recent OpEd.
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Changing Power Sources Starts With Changing Minds

When Data Works: Creating High-Quality Green Jobs

Anita Raman, Cornell's Research and Policy Development Associate, explores the big questions: How can we maximize emissions reductions to create the greenest jobs? How do we make sure these are high-quality jobs? How can we use data to achieve these outcomes?
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When Data Works: Creating High-Quality Green Jobs

LLC participates in UALE’s first-ever Northeast Regional Gathering

Labor Leading on Climate team’s Zach Cunningham, the regional representative to UALE’s Board, led efforts to organize the event and Director, Lara Skinner, participates in panel discussion.
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LLC participates in UALE’s first-ever Northeast Regional Gathering

Labor unions' climate agenda for City Hall includes cutting school emissions, adding bike lanes

“We are really thinking about how do we take on climate change at scale and the pace that science demands,” said Lara Skinner, Director of Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate program.
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Labor unions' climate agenda for City Hall includes cutting school emissions, adding bike lanes

New Report from Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate Provides Roadmap to Exceed NYC Climate Goals, Create Over 1 Million Jobs

A new report released today by Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate in collaboration with the Climate Jobs NY coalition outlines a comprehensive climate jobs action plan for NYC to fight the climate crisis, make NYC safer and address racial and economic inequity by investing in a pro-worker renewable energy transition.
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New Report from Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate Provides Roadmap to Exceed NYC Climate Goals, Create Over 1 Million Jobs

LLC facilitates “Carbon Free & Healthy Schools” training for union members in NYC

Zach Cunningham, Associate for the Worker Institute, and Tory Kaso, Campaign Director for Climate Jobs NY, helped NYC union members learn more about the Carbon Free & Healthy Schools campaign
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LLC facilitates “Carbon Free & Healthy Schools” training for union members in NYC

Cornell extension faculty member awarded 2022 Public Voices on the Climate Crisis Fellowship

Anita Raman, LLC's Research and Policy Development Associate, is one of twenty national leaders selected to be a 2022 Public Voices Fellow on the Climate Crisis. This program is administered by the Yale Program on Climate Communication and the OpEd Project national Public Voices initiative. 
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Cornell extension faculty member awarded 2022 Public Voices on the Climate Crisis Fellowship

Cunningham facilitates Offshore Wind Training for IUOE Local 30

Zach Cunningham, Extension Associate for the Worker Institute and Mariah Dignan, of Climate Jobs NY deliver a riveting presentation on Climate Jobs and Offshore Wind (OSW) to IUOE Local 30
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Cunningham facilitates Offshore Wind Training for IUOE Local 30

Skinner Appears on Community Voices for Change

Skinner appears on Portland’s Maine WMPG Radio, Community Voices for Change, to discuss how Maine is working to build a new renewable energy economy with good union jobs.
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Skinner Appears on Community Voices for Change

Maine unions launch platform to create thousands of good jobs, take on climate crisis

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Maine unions launch platform to create thousands of good jobs, take on climate crisis

Labor Unions Form New Group to Combat Climate Change in Maine

Labor unions in Maine say they have a lot of ideas on how the state can combat climate change and create clean energy jobs. The unions partnered with Cornell University's Labor Leading on Climate to study climate change and have set 11 goals for creating clean-energy jobs in Maine.
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Labor Unions Form New Group to Combat Climate Change in Maine

The 2022 New York State Labor Power 100

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The 2022 New York State Labor Power 100

NYC unions rally behind ambitious new climate action plans

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Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate releases report in conjunction with the Climate Jobs New York (CJNY) outlining recommendations to Mayor Eric Adams’ administration as well as examining the impact of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic on NYC workers and schools.
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NYC unions rally behind ambitious new climate action plans

New Report Outlines Equitable Climate Action Plan for Rhode Island

Climate Jobs Rhode Island and Cornell University recently released a report outlining a climate jobs action plan to put Rhode Island on the path to meeting the state’s climate targets and building an equitable renewable energy economy.
The report features policy recommendations to transition Rhode Island to renewable energy with strong labor and equity standards. (istock)
New Report Outlines Equitable Climate Action Plan for Rhode Island

Labor and environmental coalition calls for R.I. to transition to a clean energy economy

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A report by Cornell University researchers details crises involving climate change, the pandemic, and inequality, recommends major public projects involving wind energy, schools, and electrical grid
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Labor and environmental coalition calls for R.I. to transition to a clean energy economy

Unlocking the Transition: Politicians tout renewable energy jobs for ex-fossil fuel workers, but it's not so simple

Skinner, Labor Leading on Climate Director, says “there's not going to be a just transition because the pay and health and retirement benefits are not there.”
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Unlocking the Transition: Politicians tout renewable energy jobs for ex-fossil fuel workers, but it's not so simple

Labor Leading on Climate Team Participates on 350 Brooklyn Labor and Climate Panel

Labor Leading on Climate Associates participated in 350Brooklyn’s panel session, Labor and the Climate Movement: Challenges and Opportunities
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Labor Leading on Climate Team Participates on 350 Brooklyn Labor and Climate Panel

Skinner Participates at INET’s Just Transition and the Transition to Justice Conference

Lara Skinner, Director of the Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate, participated in INET’s panel session, Retaking the Commons: What Will It Take?
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Skinner Participates at INET’s Just Transition and the Transition to Justice Conference

How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis

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In Texas and West Virginia, unions are having tough conversations about the future of fossil fuels. Lara Skinner explains that the way forward includes finding new ways to support workers transitioning from oil and coal to cleaner jobs.
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How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis