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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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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

Four policy recommendations for New York State to beat back inequality and climate change

Cornell’s Labor Leading on Climate research team makes recommendations for NYS policy intervention. It will not be easy to tackle climate change -- but New Yorkers don’t shy away from a fight. Reducing inequality and creating meaningful high-impact Climate Jobs through strategic planning and having strong labor standards.
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Four policy recommendations for New York State to beat back inequality and climate change

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

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

Zach Cunningham and local partners deliver training for Local 338 (RWDSU)

Cunningham of the Worker Institute, in conjunction with Climate Jobs NY, delivers virtual training for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 338.
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Zach Cunningham and local partners deliver training for Local 338 (RWDSU)

'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

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

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

Combatting Climate Change, Reversing Inequality: A Climate Jobs Program for Texas

The Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate launches report that examines the crises of inequality and climate change in Texas and makes a series of “climate jobs” recommendations that can help Texas simultaneously combat climate change, create high-quality jobs, and build more equitable and resilient communities.
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Combatting Climate Change, Reversing Inequality: A Climate Jobs Program for Texas

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

Labor Changes the Climate: New Policies Move States Forward

The Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate team surveys various state-level efforts to tackle climate change with high-quality, union job creation.
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Labor Changes the Climate: New Policies Move States Forward

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 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

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

The Race To 52%: Little Old NJ Leaps Into US Offshore Wind Industry Lead

Skinner, director of the Labor Leading on Climate, and member of the Just Transition Working Group in support of the Empire State’s climate goals. Earlier this year she drew an optimistic picture of the nation’s ability to grow a vigorous wind industry workforce, especially in the offshore area.
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The Race To 52%: Little Old NJ Leaps Into US Offshore Wind Industry Lead

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

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