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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 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

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

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.
Lara Skinner of The Worker Institute speaks with labor leaders
Skinner Wins Award

Lara Skinner wins Movement Builders Award

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 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

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.
Time for Turbines Conference
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

Lara Skinner will speak at Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit

Worker Institute Executive Director, Lara Skinner will speak at the Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit on Sept. 22.
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Lara Skinner will speak at Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit

Virtual Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit set for Sept. 22

Registration is open for the virtual Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit, Sept. 22. Confirmed speakers include John Podesta, former White House chief of staff, Nobel Laureate Marilyn Brown, Bloomberg Philanthropies' Climate Lead Antha Williams and New York State Climate Policy and Finance Chair Ali Zaidi. 
Workers building clean energy
Virtual Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit set for Sept. 22

Skinner Participates in eCornell's Clean Energy and COVID-19: Green Priorities for the Economic Recovery Webinar

The panel will detail some of the most important clean energy efforts and goals to focus on amid the ongoing pandemic and recovery.
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Skinner Participates in eCornell's Clean Energy and COVID-19: Green Priorities for the Economic Recovery Webinar

Climate Jobs New York Celebrated

Worker Institute-led coalition honors Mike Bloomberg, former New York City mayor, with its Clean Energy Award.

Dean Alex Colvin and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg
Climate Jobs New York Celebrated

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.
Michael Bloomberg speaks at Climate Job New York's Inaugural Gala
The Worker Institute hosts Climate Job New York's inaugural gala

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

Reversing Inequality and Combatting Climate Change

The Climate Jobs Now! Summit took place on Oct. 27, 2017. The event was organized by The Worker Institute at Cornell, Climate Jobs NY and the office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Climate Jobs Now! Summit
Reversing Inequality and Combatting Climate Change

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.
Climate Jobs Now! Summit
Climate Jobs Now! Summit

Inequality and Worker Rights: Where Do We Go From Here?

In this webcast, representatives of The Worker Institute at Cornell examine the ways in which worker rights and collective representation impact inequality and explore innovative solutions developed by the labor movement to solve this growing crisis.
ILR Online Webcast: Inequality and Worker Rights: Where do we go from here?
Inequality and Worker Rights: Where Do We Go From Here?

In staving off climate change, social landscape adjusts

As the U.S. enacts agreements made at the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP21) in December 2015 in Paris, Skinner said that New York state can lead the country to societal equity in a low-carbon economy.
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In staving off climate change, social landscape adjusts