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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.
Aroldo Garcia discusses a major offshore wind development coming to Brooklyn with Summer Sandoval, a campaigner with the environmental justice group UPROSE.
A Just Transition?

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

The Promise of Offshore Wind

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“It’s great to get the construction work to put the turbines up, but there’s a lot of work—most studies say twice as much work—in the manufacturing and assembly,” says Lara Skinner, director of Cornell University’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative.
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The Promise of Offshore Wind

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

New York’s Building Trades Unions Are Showing the Way Forward on Green Jobs

"Climate change impacts working people. There are some major opportunities here for labor if we can get ahead of this thing. What we’ve done is a very investment-led strategy, a very jobs-led strategy,” says Lara Skinner.
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New York’s Building Trades Unions Are Showing the Way Forward on Green Jobs

Jacobin: New York’s Building Trades Unions Are Showing the Way Forward on Green Jobs

Lara Skinner, Director of the Worker Institute Labor Leading on Climate at Cornell, shares insight on the impact that climate change has on working people.
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Jacobin: New York’s Building Trades Unions Are Showing the Way Forward on Green Jobs

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

Four Cornellians Tapped for NYS Climate Advisory Panels

The New York State Climate Action Council has chosen Lara Skinner, director of the Labor Leading on Climate Initiative at the ILR School, to serve on the Just Transition Working Group.
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Four Cornellians Tapped for NYS Climate Advisory Panels

Lara Skinner Named to Just Transition Working Group

Lara Skinner, executive director of The Worker Institute at the Cornell University ILR School has been named to the Just Transition Working Group that will support the implementation of New York state’s national leading climate law.
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Lara Skinner Named to Just Transition Working Group

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

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

Skinner participates in eCornell's Clean Energy 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 Webinar

Labor Leading on Climate selected as Educational Partner for Climate Jobs National Resource Center

The Initiative will provide research, education and training support to unions on climate change and clean energy across the United States.
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Labor Leading on Climate selected as Educational Partner for Climate Jobs National Resource Center

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 Takes the First Step to Put Thousands to Work Building Offshore Wind Power

Skinner commends Governor Cuomo and his administration’s commitment to building this industry with strong labor, community and environmental standards.
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New York Takes the First Step to Put Thousands to Work Building Offshore Wind Power

New York aims to fight climate change by creating green union jobs

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“We brought together more than a dozen unions, and said things are not good at the national level in terms of how unions are relating to environmental organizations and the climate movement,” said Lara Skinner
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New York aims to fight climate change by creating green union jobs

Organizing to Win a Green New Deal

The labor movement has to be central to winning a Green New Deal and reversing climate change. Recent labor victories show how we can do just that, from the ground up, and quickly.
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Organizing to Win a Green New Deal

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

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New York labor leaders in Denmark to learn about wind power
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Worker Institute Heading Delegation

The fight against climate change: four cities leading the way in the Trump era

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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.
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The fight against climate change: four cities leading the way in the Trump era

Governor, labor unions announce climate jobs program

“The national debates on climate change are often defined as ‘jobs versus the environment’ or ‘workers against environmentalists,’” said Lara Skinner
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Governor, labor unions announce climate jobs program

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

Governor Cuomo announces major climate and jobs initiative in partnership with the Worker Institute at Cornell University ILR's School and Climate Jobs NY to help create 40,000 clean energy jobs by 2020.
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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

Since 80 percent of the state’s population lives in the Hudson River corridor, a project such as high-speed rail, which would take about 10 years to build, could have a major positive impact on the environment and on employment
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Labor Leading on Climate: Creating Good Jobs While Combating Climate Change