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The Worker Institute brings together researchers, educators and students with practitioners in labor, business and policymaking to address issues related to confronting systemic inequality and building a fair economy, robust democracy and just society. We will share opinion, analysis, research, data, insights and training from our faculty and staff.

Labor Leading on Climate

Estimating and Understanding Bridgeport Public School Emissions through a Carbon-Free Healthy Schools Tool

Researchers from the Labor Leading on Climate team in collaboration with Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs recently developed a geospatial dashboard to analyze Bridgeport Public School District environmental health issues while calculating potential emissions. This tool was made to support the Connecticut Carbon-Free Healthy School initiative.
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Estimating and Understanding Bridgeport Public School Emissions through a Carbon-Free Healthy Schools Tool

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

Four policy recommendations for New York State to beat back inequality and climate change

Cornell’s Labor Leading on Climate research team makes recommendations for NYS policy intervention. It will not be easy to tackle climate change -- but New Yorkers don’t shy away from a fight. Reducing inequality and creating meaningful high-impact Climate Jobs through strategic planning and having strong labor standards.
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Four policy recommendations for New York State to beat back inequality and climate change

Labor Secretary Walsh, AFL-CIO Pres. Shuler, Union and Climate Leaders to Participate in Climate Jobs Summit

On Tuesday, September 21, the second virtual annual Climate Jobs Summit will convene leaders from the labor and climate movements, policymakers, scientists, academics, and activists to discuss America’s historic opportunity to build a worker-centered clean energy economy.
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Labor Secretary Walsh, AFL-CIO Pres. Shuler, Union and Climate Leaders to Participate in Climate Jobs Summit

Skinner Wins Award

Labor Leading on Climate Director Lara Skinner will be recognized Sept. 21 for helping make New York City a model of progress for the nation.
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Skinner Wins Award

Skinner to be Honored at the 2021 Movement Builders Awards

Lara Skinner, Labor Leading on Climate Director, is an honoree of the 2021 Movement Builders Awards for her tireless advocacy for a just transition to a renewable energy economy.
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Skinner to be Honored at the 2021 Movement Builders Awards

Zach Cunningham and local partners deliver training for Local 338 (RWDSU)

Cunningham of the Worker Institute, in conjunction with Climate Jobs NY, delivers virtual training for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 338.
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Zach Cunningham and local partners deliver training for Local 338 (RWDSU)

Join us for the Virtual Climate Jobs Summit 2021

The Climate Jobs Summit on September 21, 2021, will bring together newly established state Climate Jobs coalitions, labor leaders, union climate activists, environmental and environmental justice advocates, clean-energy developers, policymakers, educators, scientists, and all who want to build the clean-energy economy of tomorrow with good union jobs.
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Join us for the Virtual Climate Jobs Summit 2021

Why Texas fossil fuel unions signed onto a climate plan

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Skinner, Labor Leading on Climate Director, says “there’s been a real focus on the carbon impact of proposals and not enough emphasis on what type of jobs are these activities going to create, what are the quality of these jobs, are they actually going to help reverse inequality.”
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Why Texas fossil fuel unions signed onto a climate plan

Canary in the Mine: Striking Miners in Alabama

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According to Zach Cunningham, education and training extension associate at the Worker Institute, the transition to renewable-energy sources can provide good-paying jobs “if workers and unions fight for them to be good jobs.”
Canary in the Mine: Striking Miners in Alabama

Texas Unions Launch Major Effort to Combat Climate Change, Tackle Inequality in US Energy Capital

A new report by climate and labor experts at Cornell University, Northeastern University, and Occidental College, in consultation with 27 Texas labor unions, accompanied the launch and outlays out a comprehensive climate jobs action plan to put Texas on the path to building an equitable clean-energy economy.
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Texas Unions Launch Major Effort to Combat Climate Change, Tackle Inequality in US Energy Capital

Energy transition could create 1.1 million jobs in Texas, report says

Lara Skinner, Director of Cornell’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, provided insight into the number of jobs that could be created in various aspects of growing the renewable energy and climate tech industries in Texas.
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Energy transition could create 1.1 million jobs in Texas, report says

Combatting Climate Change, Reversing Inequality: A Climate Jobs Program for Texas

The Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate launches report that examines the crises of inequality and climate change in Texas and makes a series of “climate jobs” recommendations that can help Texas simultaneously combat climate change, create high-quality jobs, and build more equitable and resilient communities.
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Combatting Climate Change, Reversing Inequality: A Climate Jobs Program for Texas

Cunningham Facilitates Climate Jobs and Offshore Wind Training

Worker Institute Extension Associate Zach Cunningham delivers virtual training to staff and member-leaders from NYSNA and Locals 1199 and 32BJ.
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Cunningham Facilitates Climate Jobs and Offshore Wind Training

Labor Standards Can Help Us Build Back Better

The Worker Institute's Labor Leading on Climate team examines the American Jobs Plan and explains why the built-in labor standards are critical to the proposal’s success.
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Labor Standards Can Help Us Build Back Better

The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World with a Commitment to Ambitious Climate Action, Racial Justice, and Good Jobs
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The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

Building a large, equitable offshore wind industry in the U.S. is an excellent opportunity for the Biden Administration and East coast states to respond to the current moment and the intersecting crises of COVID-19, climate change and inequality.
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The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

What’s the Connection between COVID-19 and Climate Change? Inequality

The triple crises of COVID-19, climate change and soaring inequality present a moment of great peril and opportunity for the U.S.
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What’s the Connection between COVID-19 and Climate Change? Inequality

The Worker Institute hosts Climate Job New York's inaugural gala

On Sept. 24, during Climate Week, The Worker Institute at Cornell’s ILR School hosted Climate Jobs New York’s inaugural gala honoring Michael Bloomberg, James Slevin and Allison Ziogas at its Manhattan office.
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The Worker Institute hosts Climate Job New York's inaugural gala

New York State Announces First Major Offshore Wind Energy Awards

This afternoon at Fordham Law School, Governor Cuomo, with former vice-president, Al Gore, announced that Equinor and a joint venture of Orsted and Eversource Energy are the successful bidders in the State’s first-ever offshore wind solicitation conducted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Corporation.
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New York State Announces First Major Offshore Wind Energy Awards

State Commitment to Wind Industry Workers is Historic, Skinner Says

Gov. Andrew Cuomo orders 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy, significantly strengthening outlook for wind industry workers.
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State Commitment to Wind Industry Workers is Historic, Skinner Says

Worker Institute Heading Delegation

The Worker Institute is leading a delegation of 15 New York labor leaders to Denmark this week to learn about the offshore wind industry. New York state is on the verge of building its first offshore wind project, according to Worker Institute Executive Director Lara Skinner, who is leading the delegation.
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Worker Institute Heading Delegation

Climate Jobs Now! Summit

The Climate Jobs Now! Summit, which took place at the Cornell Club and was attended widely by labor and business leaders, focused on combatting climate change and reversing inequality in states and regions across the country.
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Climate Jobs Now! Summit

Scaling Up Solar

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“Our carbon footprint is a lot smaller than it could be because we move around millions of people on public transport rather than car, but mass transit is often overlooked,” said Lara Skinner, associate director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University.
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Scaling Up Solar

Fueled by Cornell Initiative, Governor and Labor Unions Announce Climate and Jobs Program

Today’s launch of the Climate Jobs New York campaign and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement to dramatically increase the state’s efforts to combat climate change represents an historic breakthrough.
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Fueled by Cornell Initiative, Governor and Labor Unions Announce Climate and Jobs Program

Labor Leading on Climate: Creating Good Jobs While Combating Climate Change

Skinner chairs the Labor Leading on Climate Initiative while serving as associate director of The Worker Institute. She co-authored the preliminary recommendations for an upcoming report, “Reversing Inequality, Combatting Climate Change: A Climate Jobs Program for New York State.”
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Labor Leading on Climate: Creating Good Jobs While Combating Climate Change

Climate Jobs Program

“A Climate Jobs Program for New York State: Reversing Inequality, Combating Climate Change” recommends job creation and economic development strategies to drastically reduce greenhouse gas pollution and confront the climate crisis.
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IBEW Local 3 Highlights Worker Institute's Climate Jobs Program

Lara Skinner, associate director of The Worker Instiute and coordinator of the Labor, Environment and Sustainable Development Initiative and Worker Institute Fellow Mijin Cha are leading a collaborative effort with IBEW Local 3 and several other unions and worker organizations ito develop a Climate Jobs Program.
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IBEW Local 3 Highlights Worker Institute's Climate Jobs Program

A Just Transition - Power Without Pollution

The Worker Institute's Associate Director Lara Skinner participated in the Our Power National Convening in Richmond, California, August 6-9, 2014.
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A Just Transition - Power Without Pollution

Brown and Wheaton to Speak at Environmental Summit

The Worker Institute at Cornell is co-sponsoring Daemen College's annual Environmental Summit. Celebrating its ninth year, the event brings environmentally-focused organizations together to network and learn best practices from various Western New York experts.
Brown and Wheaton to Speak at Environmental Summit

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