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Biden Promised “Good-Paying Union Jobs,” But It Will Take Organizing to Get Them

"People have to see how building a new clean energy economy improves their lives, expands their access to jobs, increases their pay and benefits, protects and supports existing good jobs, lowers energy bills, expands prosperity and makes our communities healthier,” said Skinner at the Climate Jobs Summit.
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Biden Promised “Good-Paying Union Jobs,” But It Will Take Organizing to Get Them

After Successful Bike Parking Demo, DOT is Rightfully Being Asked, ‘What Now?’

A recent study by Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate recommends converting 5 percent of street parking spaces into 150,000 sheltered bike parking spaces by 2025.
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After Successful Bike Parking Demo, DOT is Rightfully Being Asked, ‘What Now?’

Bike theft, climate change and New York City

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Anita Raman, a climate researcher at ILR writes about her work to support biking for climate resilience in the city.
Bike theft, climate change and New York City

Changing Power Sources Starts With Changing Minds

Melanie La Rosa discusses the relevance of the Climate for Change: A Complete Climate Jobs Roadmap for New York City report as an opportunity "to a climate labor force [that] could spur thousands of new jobs,” in her recent OpEd.
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Changing Power Sources Starts With Changing Minds

Updating aging NYC school buildings will reduce the city’s carbon emissions: energy advocates

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Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate released, “Climate for Change: A Climate Jobs Roadmap for New York City” in partnership with Climate Jobs New York which urges the city to adopt a plan for carbon free and healthy schools
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Updating aging NYC school buildings will reduce the city’s carbon emissions: energy advocates

Op-ed: A road map for making inroads into climate change in New York

Anita Raman, research and policy development associate with Cornell’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative details how New York City can ensure future net zero emissions, create millions of community-sustaining jobs, and reduce inequality.
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Op-ed: A road map for making inroads into climate change in New York

For a Living Wage and a Habitable Planet, We Need Climate Jobs Programs

Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate released “Building a Just Transition for a Resilient Future: A Climate Jobs Program for Rhode Island” in partnership with Climate Jobs Rhode Island which outlines an approach to reduce carbon emissions while also creating good union jobs.
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For a Living Wage and a Habitable Planet, We Need Climate Jobs Programs

Labor unions' climate agenda for City Hall includes cutting school emissions, adding bike lanes

“We are really thinking about how do we take on climate change at scale and the pace that science demands,” said Lara Skinner, Director of Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate program.
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Labor unions' climate agenda for City Hall includes cutting school emissions, adding bike lanes

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Skinner, Director of Cornell’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative visits CO-Søfart/Metal Maritime and Dansk Metal in Denmark to discuss American interest in the green transition and offshore wind.
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Amerikansk interesse for grøn omstilling og vindoffshore

Opinion: Labor taking lead on green economy

An initiative of the ILR Worker Institute at Cornell, in partnership with Climate Jobs National Resource Center, “Labor Leading on Climate,” proves that when organized labor leads on an issue like climate change, the outcome is a thriving economy.
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Opinion: Labor taking lead on green economy

Cornell extension faculty member awarded 2022 Public Voices on the Climate Crisis Fellowship

Anita Raman, LLC's Research and Policy Development Associate, is one of twenty national leaders selected to be a 2022 Public Voices Fellow on the Climate Crisis. This program is administered by the Yale Program on Climate Communication and the OpEd Project national Public Voices initiative. 
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Cornell extension faculty member awarded 2022 Public Voices on the Climate Crisis Fellowship

Skinner Appears on Community Voices for Change

Skinner appears on Portland’s Maine WMPG Radio, Community Voices for Change, to discuss how Maine is working to build a new renewable energy economy with good union jobs.
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Skinner Appears on Community Voices for Change

Report addresses labor movement, transition to green economy in RI

Skinner, director of Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate, highlighted the Carbon Free Healthy Schools recommendation — which suggests transitioning all K-12 public schools to net-zero emissions by 2030 using solar power — as one of the most impactful elements of the report.
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Report addresses labor movement, transition to green economy in RI

Maine unions launch platform to create thousands of good jobs, take on climate crisis

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Maine unions launch platform to create thousands of good jobs, take on climate crisis

Labor Unions Form New Group to Combat Climate Change in Maine

Labor unions in Maine say they have a lot of ideas on how the state can combat climate change and create clean energy jobs. The unions partnered with Cornell University's Labor Leading on Climate to study climate change and have set 11 goals for creating clean-energy jobs in Maine.
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Labor Unions Form New Group to Combat Climate Change in Maine

The 2022 New York State Labor Power 100

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The 2022 New York State Labor Power 100

NYC unions rally behind ambitious new climate action plans

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Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate releases report in conjunction with the Climate Jobs New York (CJNY) outlining recommendations to Mayor Eric Adams’ administration as well as examining the impact of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic on NYC workers and schools.
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NYC unions rally behind ambitious new climate action plans

New Report Outlines Equitable Climate Action Plan for Rhode Island

Climate Jobs Rhode Island and Cornell University recently released a report outlining a climate jobs action plan to put Rhode Island on the path to meeting the state’s climate targets and building an equitable renewable energy economy.
The report features policy recommendations to transition Rhode Island to renewable energy with strong labor and equity standards. (istock)
New Report Outlines Equitable Climate Action Plan for Rhode Island

Labor and environmental coalition calls for R.I. to transition to a clean energy economy

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A report by Cornell University researchers details crises involving climate change, the pandemic, and inequality, recommends major public projects involving wind energy, schools, and electrical grid
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Labor and environmental coalition calls for R.I. to transition to a clean energy economy

Worker Institute outlines climate jobs plan for Rhode Island

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The Labor Leading on Climate team releases a report outlining a comprehensive climate jobs action plan to put Rhode Island on the path to building an equitable clean energy economy.
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Worker Institute outlines climate jobs plan for Rhode Island

Unlocking the Transition: Politicians tout renewable energy jobs for ex-fossil fuel workers, but it's not so simple

Skinner, Labor Leading on Climate Director, says “there's not going to be a just transition because the pay and health and retirement benefits are not there.”
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Unlocking the Transition: Politicians tout renewable energy jobs for ex-fossil fuel workers, but it's not so simple

How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis

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In Texas and West Virginia, unions are having tough conversations about the future of fossil fuels. Lara Skinner explains that the way forward includes finding new ways to support workers transitioning from oil and coal to cleaner jobs.
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How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis

'Everyone Wants a Good Job': The Texas Unions Fighting for a Green New Deal

At the Texas AFL-CIO’s annual convention on July 27th, 121 unions voted in favor of a resolution for a green jobs plan. The proposal was written by the Texas Climate Jobs Project, a project of the state labor federation and Cornell University’s Worker Institute in consultation with 27 unions statewide.
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'Everyone Wants a Good Job': The Texas Unions Fighting for a Green New Deal

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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The UMWA local in Alabama has been on a five-month strike against Warrior Met Coal. Zach Cunningham, from the Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate, proposes focusing on making the transition to renewable-energy sources one that provides good-paying jobs, rather than a narrative of “good jobs versus the environment.”
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Canary in the Mine: Striking Miners in Alabama

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

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

DOE's Granholm highlights need for 'place-based' climate investments

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U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm requested Lara Skinner's research on renewable energy labor standards as a possible model for the federal government,
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DOE's Granholm highlights need for 'place-based' climate investments

A Just Transition?

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Lara Skinner, Director of the Worker Institute's Labor Leading on Climate, provides insight on the importance of including labor standards on clean energy work.
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NYS Passes Labor Standards on Clean Energy Work

NY is the first state in the country to pass a comprehensive suite of labor standards on clean energy work
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NYS Passes Labor Standards on Clean Energy Work