FACT SHEET: How State and Local Governments Can Make Climate Jobs Good Jobs


Overview of policy recommendations from Center for American Progress report, “How State and Local Government Can Make Climate Jobs Good Jobs.”

REPORT: Climate for Change: A Climate Jobs Program for New York City

By The Worker Institute, Cornell University

In partnership with Cornell University, Climate Jobs NY released “Climate for Change, a Climate Jobs Program for New York City,” representing labor’s climate jobs agenda for New York City.

The report examines the impact of climate breakdown and the pandemic on NYC workers and frontline communities, and offers a suite of policy recommendations to build an equitable clean energy economy that tackles climate change and racial and economic inequality.

REPORT: Building a Just Transition for a Resilient Future: A Climate Jobs Progam for Rhode Island

By The Worker Institute, Cornell University

Authored by researchers at Cornell University, the report Building a Just Transition for a Resilient Future: A Climate Jobs Program for Rhode Island examines the climate crisis in Rhode Island and outlines a set of high-impact climate jobs recommendations that maximize the state’s actions towards creating thousands of good-paying, high-quality jobs that help reverse inequality, drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and meet the state’s Act on Climate targets, and Investing in infrastructure that will make Rhode Island communities healthier, more resilient, and more equitable.

REPORT: Maine’s Climate Jobs Report

By The Worker Institute, Cornell University

The report’s science-based recommendations will broadly help our state achieve four goals: quickly decarbonizing Maine’s economy; ensuring that the tens of thousands of new jobs that get created as part of Maine’s energy transition adhere to high labor standards in terms of pay, benefits, training, and job security; bringing underrepresented workers into the clean-energy workforce through well-run apprentice and pre-apprentice programs; and ensuring a just transition for workers and communities most affected by these changes.

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

By The Worker Institute, Cornell University

The following report 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. Considering Texas’s current labor and employment landscape as well as its
climate and energy profile, these recommendations identify concrete, jobs-driven strategies that can put Texas on the path to building an equitable, clean energy economy that will tackle the climate crisis and improve working and living conditions for all Texans. Importantly, these recommendations can be tested at the city and county level then scaled to the state levels
based on their demonstrated effectiveness.

MEMO: The Financial Case for Net-Zero Energy Schools

By UndauntedK12 and CJNRC

Every year, states and local governments invest approximately $110 billion in constructing, modernizing, operating, and maintaining school buildings. Investments in school facilities deliver proven and profound benefits to student health, thinking, and performance. Decision-makers guiding investment in school facilities require an up-to-date understanding of building technology, evolving building standards, and the cost of delivering the school facilities needed for the 21st century. This brief presents the available evidence on the cost associated with net-zero energy schools.