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Labor Leading on Climate Initiative

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The Labor Leading on Climate Initiative advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the role of labor and working people in addressing the environmental and climate crises.

Events

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.
Lara Skinner speaking at the 2022 WSLC
Skinner Speaks at the 2022 WSLC Constitutional Convention

Reflections and learnings from the NLLI program

Zach Cunningham, Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate (LLC), Training & Education Associate, reflects on his year-long leadership development program with Cornell’s National Labor Leadership Initiative and how he will apply his learnings within the LLC program.
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Reflections and learnings from the NLLI program

2022 Climate Jobs Summit and Week of Action

Join us for the Climate Jobs Summit on September 21 and Week of Action from September 19 to 23!
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2022 Climate Jobs Summit and Week of Action

Join us for a webinar on creating equity in the emerging clean energy workforce

The Labor Leading on Climate participates in the Worker Institute co-hosted, Equity in Focus: Building a Diverse, Inclusive Clean Energy Workforce on June 29th, 2022.
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Join us for a webinar on creating equity in the emerging clean energy workforce

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

Skinner Recognized on PoliticsNY Labor Power Players

Skinner, Director of Labor Leading on Climate, is featured on the PoliticsNY Labor Power Players list.
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Skinner Recognized on PoliticsNY Labor Power Players

Skinner speaks on Energy Policy Now Podcast

Lara Skinner, Director of Labor Leading on Climate Initiative Cornell University ILR School spoke with The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy the University of Pennsylvania on a podcast: "Organized Labor Sees Promise in Transition to Clean Energy.
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Skinner speaks on Energy Policy Now Podcast

Skinner Recognized on City & State’s 2022 New York State Labor Power 100

Skinner, Director of Labor Leading on Climate, featured on the City & State's 2022 New York State Labor Power 100.
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Skinner Recognized on City & State’s 2022 New York State Labor Power 100

Skinner Participates in NYC LERA

Skinner participates in a virtual panel on climate change and the future of work, with a focus on the importance of including worker and community voices in shaping and implementing transitions to ensure the potential for just outcomes.
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Skinner Participates in NYC LERA

Skinner Presents at the New York State Laborers Build Renewables Summit

Lara Skinner, Director of the Labor Leading on Climate, discusses New York’s CLCPA at the NYS Laborers Build Renewables Summit on November 16, 2021.
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Skinner Presents at the New York State Laborers Build Renewables Summit

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

U.S. labor secretary speaking at climate jobs summit co-sponsored by ILR

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U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will speak at the second virtual annual Climate Jobs Summit Sept. 21.
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U.S. labor secretary speaking at climate jobs summit co-sponsored by ILR

Lara Skinner wins Movement Builders Award

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Lara Skinner, director of the ILR Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate Change, will be honored Sept. 21 by the Alliance for a Greater New York with a 2021 Movement Builders Award.
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Lara Skinner wins Movement Builders Award

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

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

Skinner Speaks at the Canadian Labour Congress Convention

Lara Skinner, Director of the Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate program, will participate in the panel session “A Climate Action Agenda” at the June 10th Canadian Labour Congress Convention
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Skinner Speaks at the Canadian Labour Congress Convention

Skinner Featured on City & State’s 2021 New York State Labor Power 100

Lara Skinner, Director of the Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate, makes the 2021 New York State Labor Power 100.
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Skinner Featured on City & State’s 2021 New York State Labor Power 100

Virtual Boston Labor Conference: Labor, Climate Change, and Political hosted by the Labor Resource Center (LRC)

On Friday, March 12, the Labor Resource Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston hosted the Virtual Boston Labor Conference: Labor, Climate Change, and Political featuring the Worker Institute's Lara Skinner.
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Virtual Boston Labor Conference: Labor, Climate Change, and Political hosted by the Labor Resource Center (LRC)

A Worker-First Green New Deal with Lara Skinner | Jacobin Show

Lara Skinner, director of the Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative at Cornell's ILR School, joins the show to discuss the critical role of unions in the fight for climate protection and clean energy and why the Green New Deal must begin with the labor movement.
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A Worker-First Green New Deal with Lara Skinner | Jacobin Show

Skinner to Speak at the Virtual Boston Labor Conference: Labor, Climate Change, and Political Power

Lara Skinner, Director of the WI Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, will discuss what a “just transition” looks like that dramatically lowers carbon emissions, prioritizes working people, and redistributes wealth at the Virtual Boston Labor Conference: Labor, Climate Change, and Political.
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Skinner to Speak at the Virtual Boston Labor Conference: Labor, Climate Change, and Political Power

Skinner to Participate in "Union Labor and Building a Renewable Future," LEP Labor Forum

Lara Skinner, Director of the WI Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, will discuss how Illinois can move into a clean energy economy at the scale climate science demands, create good union jobs, and support more equitable communities at the LEP Labor Forum live-streamed on Facebook Live.
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Skinner to Participate in "Union Labor and Building a Renewable Future," LEP Labor Forum

Lara Skinner Speaks at Time for Turbines conference

The Worker Institute's Lara Skinner spoke at the Time for Turbines conference which took place virtually on January 26 & 27, 2021 on the “Training an Equitable Offshore Wind Workforce” panel.
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Lara Skinner Speaks at Time for Turbines conference

Skinner to Speak at the 2021 Time for Turbines Conference

Lara Skinner, Director of the WI Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, will discuss how to create good, long-term jobs and build equity in the offshore wind industry at the 4th annual Time for Turbines conference on Jan. 26th.
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Skinner to Speak at the 2021 Time for Turbines Conference

Lara Skinner Speaks at Carbon Neutral Summit

On Wednesday, January 13, the Worker Institute's Lara Skinner spoke at the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) and NYSERDA co-hosted a Carbon Neutral Summit focused on decarbonizing the built environment in New York State.
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Lara Skinner Speaks at Carbon Neutral Summit

Skinner to speak at CPC Carbon Neutral Summit

Lara Skinner, Director of the WI Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, will speak at the Carbon Neutral Summit on Jan. 13th. The Summit will cover climate action in NYS, prioritizing climate justice, and strategies for building decarbonization.
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Skinner to speak at CPC Carbon Neutral Summit

Labor Leading on Climate Initiative Participates in 18th Transatlantic Social Dialogue

Lara Skinner speaks on how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities at the "Climate change, organized labor and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic – perspectives from Europe and the US" panel session.
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Labor Leading on Climate Initiative Participates in 18th Transatlantic Social Dialogue

2020 Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit Videos

Thank you to all the panelists, speakers and all attendees for making the Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit such a huge success. Over 1,900 people tuned in through our platform and an additional 2,500 watched on Facebook Live. Here is the full list of videos.
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2020 Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit Videos

Climate Jobs & Just Transition Summit: Green Recovery - Building Clean Energy Industries

Lara Skinner, Executive Director, Worker Institute at Cornell University ILR School, Chairs Green Recovery - Building Clean Energy Industries panel session at the annual Climate Jobs & Just Transition Summit
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Climate Jobs & Just Transition Summit: Green Recovery - Building Clean Energy Industries