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Cornell experts and RI labor and climate leaders to discuss a climate jobs action plan for Rhode Island

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Researchers from Cornell University will join the Climate Jobs RI coalition to discuss a new report that includes science-backed recommendations for a pro-worker renewable energy transition in the Ocean State

RHODE ISLAND–On Friday, March 4 at 1 p.m, researchers from Cornell University will join leaders of the Climate Jobs RI coalition, a group of labor, climate, and community groups in Rhode Island, to discuss a report unveiled last month that outlined a comprehensive action plan to put RI on the path to becoming the first fully decarbonized state and building an equitable, pro-worker, clean energy economy.

For the first time ever, this report provides a glimpse into the economic and job growth potential of Rhode Island’s clean energy future. The discussion will cover the wide-ranging policy recommendations highlighted in the report along with the broader climate plan of the coalition to transition the Ocean State’s building, energy, and transportation sectors to renewable energy with the strongest labor and equity standards.

Speakers include:

  • Priscilla De La Cruz, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Audubon Society of Rhode Island and Co-chair, Climate Jobs Rhode Island
  • Patrick Crowley, Secretary-Treasurer, Rhode Island AFL-CIO and Co-Chair, Climate Jobs Rhode Island
  • Sheila Dormody, RI Director of Climate and Cities Programs, The Nature Conservancy and Chair, RI Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) Advisory Board
  • Lara Skinner, Director, Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, at the Worker Institute, Cornell ILR School
  • Avalon Hoek Spaans, Research and Policy Development Extension Associate, Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, at the Worker Institute, Cornell ILR School

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Climate Jobs Rhode Island is a growing coalition of labor, environmental, and community groups advocating for a just transition to a pro-worker and pro-climate green economy in Rhode Island. Learn more at


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