The science is clear: societies need to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in order to protect ourselves and future generations from the worst impacts of human-caused climate change, which is already destroying lives and livelihoods worldwide. This calls for immediate transition to cleaner, greener energy and operations across all economic sectors. However, a transition that fails to provide good jobs, center the workers who drive our economy, and address the needs of the most vulnerable communities (those most impacted by human-caused climate change) will be unjust, leaving many no better off than before.
Indeed, the good green jobs promised to the workforce development field in the recent past have not materialized. In light of major new state and local climate legislation—including NY State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and New York City’s Local Law 97, part of The Climate Mobilization Act (CMA)—we are moving closer to a Just Transition for workers, communities, and the economy.
Join the New York Environmental Funders Network and the New York City Workforce Funders Collaborative as we hear from advocacy, labor, and workforce development leaders driving the movement to address climate change and create good jobs.
- Recent groundbreaking laws at the city and state level that address climate, worker protection, labor, and job standards
- The sectors and jobs that comprise the green economy
- Current projections for green job growth and implications for training pathways
- What environmental and workforce development funders can do to ensure the new legislation has the greatest impact
- Kathleen Culhane, President, Nontraditional Employment for Women (representing the Green Economy Network)
- Lynda Nguyen, Senior Policy and Research Analyst, ALIGN
- Marjorie Parker, President and CEO, JobsFirstNYC (representing the Green Economy Network)
- Santos Rodriguez, Director of Community Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York
- Jeff Vockrodt, Executive Director, Climate Jobs New York
- Sonal Jessel (Moderator), Director of Policy, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
All interested funders. What to expect: panel discussion with Q&A.