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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.

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

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

Cunningham Facilitates UALE Workshop

Cunningham co-facilitates “Popular Education in a Virtual World” workshop at the United Association for Labor Education’s virtual conference
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Cunningham Facilitates UALE Workshop

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

Climate Change Basics

Do you want to learn more about climate change, but you’re not sure where to start? This flyer gives you the basics.
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Climate Change Basics

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

Cunningham Facilitates LI Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Training

Zach Cunningham, Training and Education Extension Associate, delivers Climate Change and Offshore Wind (OSW) Training to LiUNA members on Long Island.
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Cunningham Facilitates LI Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Training

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)

Double Trouble: How the PRO Act Could Solve Two Crises at Once

The Worker Institute's Labor Leading on Climate research team provides insight into the PRO Act and the climate crises.
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Double Trouble: How the PRO Act Could Solve Two Crises at Once

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

Cunningham Facilitates Climate Change and Offshore Wind (OSW) Training

Zach Cunningham, Training and Education Extension Associate, delivered Climate Change and Offshore Wind (OSW) Training to New York union leaders.
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Cunningham Facilitates Climate Change and Offshore Wind (OSW) Training

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

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

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

Labor Leading on Climate Launches Long Island Pilot Program

The Labor Leading on Climate team conducted a pilot of its newly-developed “Climate Jobs and Offshore Wind (OSW)” training.
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Labor Leading on Climate Launches Long Island Pilot Program

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