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Watch the recording of "A Climate Jobs Plan for Rhode Island"

Rhode Island Lighthouse

On Friday, March 4, researchers from Cornell University joined with leaders of the Climate Jobs RI coalition, a group of labor, climate, and community groups in Rhode Island, and discussed a new 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.

Watch the panel here:

Speakers included 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.

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 covered 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.

"We want this report to be an educational and mobilizing tool to get the state focused on the priorities that will have the biggest impact, " said Lara Skinner on the panel "A Climate Jobs Plan for Rhode Island" about the new report.

Read the report here.


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