Cornell University

Cornell Global Labor Institute

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Current Projects

Labor Leaders Climate Forum

Through targeted outreach and education, policy meetings and policy briefs, the Labor Leaders Climate Forum project assists unions in developing and advancing policies that support ambitious, science-based and equitable climate protection goals, sustainable transport and a transition to decarbonized energy. The Forum currently consists of high level representatives from over twenty US unions as well as representatives from several key policy groups including from Labor Network for Sustainability, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Institute for Policy Studies and US Climate Action Network, among others.  Read more.

Sustainable Transportation Policy Working Group

The Transportation Policy Working Group consists of high level representatives from labor unions in transport and transport-related sectors and key policy organizations like Blue Green Alliance, Embarq- the World Resources Institute for Sustainable Transport, Environment America, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Transportation 4 America, Sierra Club, and Urban Habitat, among others. Through targeted outreach and education, policy group meetings, and policy briefs, the Working Group engages labor unions in the public policy discussion around developing sustainable transportation systems that provide equitable, accessible, low-carbon and safe transportation options for U.S. residents and communities. Read more.

Energy Transition Project

The Energy Transition Project consists of a series of projects to engage the labor movement in the transition away from extreme energy extraction and towards a renewables-based energy system.   This project engages unions from the energy sector as well as unions from the service, public, transportation and manufacturing sectors.  It connects trade unions with other social movements who wish to see a transition to a renewables-based energy economy that is equitable. On October 10-12, 2012 Cornell GLI organized an international trade union roundtable on Energy Transition.  Click here to visit the Roundtable website.

Climate Jobs Research

The Cornell GLI examines the potential job impact of climate, sustainable transportation, and renewable energy policies.  For 2012, GLI will be exploring how direct hire climate jobs programs can both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce current levels of unemployment.  Read more.

Past Projects 

Trade Union Delegation to COP 17

Unions from all over the world gathered in Durban for the UN's 17th annual "Conference of the Parties" (COP 17) under the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They were greeted by trade unionists from South Africa who showed their support for a bold climate protection agenda that offers real solutions to both the climate crisis and the economic crisis. Cornell GLI organized a series of discussions and meetings with trade unions during COP 17. Read more.

NYS Climate Action Plan

Throughout 2011, the Cornell Global Labor Institute provided consulting and technical expertise to labor unions engaged in the New York State Climate Action Plan (CAP). The Climate Action Plan process was the result of former 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.Read more.

Global Trade Union Task Force

The Cornell Global Labor Institute has convened a 20-person Global Trade Union Task Force on Development Alternatives. The goal of the Task Force will be to produce a report that articulates an internationalist, sustainable and needs-driven development framework from a North-South perspective. The task force consists of union leaders and/or thinkers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad and the United States. Read more.

United Nations Green Jobs Report

In partnership with the Worldwatch Institute, the Cornell Global Labor Institute co-authored a study for the United Nations Environment Programme entitled "Green Jobs: Towards Sustainable Work in a Low Carbon World." Since its release in September 2008, the report has been cited in dozens of publications and reports on green jobs.  Read more.


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