2021 Climate Jobs Summit Panel and Speaker Videos

Welcome, Purpose, and Review of the Day

    • Gary LaBarbara, President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and New York State Building and Construction Trades Council & Climate Jobs NY
    • Michael Fishman, President and Executive Director, Climate Jobs National Resource Center

Secretary Pete Buttigieg, US Secretary of Transportation

Opening Lightning Round: Messages from Labor and Allies on How to Ensure Good Jobs In Clean Energy Industries

      • Maulian Dana, Tribal Ambassador, Penobscot Nation

      • Eric Dean, General President International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers (IW)

      • Lily Gardner, Sunrise Movement member

      • Aliya Haq, Vice President, U.S. Policy and Advocacy, Breakthrough Energy

      • Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association (NEA)

      • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

A Conversation with Ali Zaidi, Deputy White House National Climate Advisor and Mike Fishman, President and Executive Director, CJNRC. 

American Jobs Plan: Impact & Opportunities for Clean Energy and Good Jobs

Moderator: Lara Skinner, Director, Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, Worker Institute at Cornell University ILR School

      • Marilyn Brown, Director, Georgia Tech, Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory
      • John Cartwright, President, Toronto/York Labour Council (Retired)
      • John Doherty, Special Assistant to the General President, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
      • John Podesta, Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors, Center for American Progress (CAP)
      • Chris Shelton, President, Communication Workers of America (CWA)

Equity and Good Jobs in a Clean Economy: State Strategies for Winning Labor Standards and Equity in Opportunity

Moderator: Vincent Alvarez, President, New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO & Climate Jobs NY

      • Priscilla De La Cruz, Senior Director, Government Affairs at Audubon Society of Rhode Island, President of the Environment Council of Rhode Island, Co-host Climate Jobs Illinois
      • Aziz Dehkan, Executive Director and Lead Organizer, Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs
      • Pat Devaney, Secretary-Treasurer, Illinois AFL-CIO & Climate Jobs Illinois
      • Cynthia Phinney, President, Maine State Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
      • Melissa Shetler, Executive Director, Pathways to Apprenticeship

Building Carbon Free and Healthy Schools

Moderator: Nikki Budzinski, Advisor, Climate Jobs National Resource Center

      • Joseph Bryant, President, Service Employees International Union, Local 1021 (SEIU)
      • Seanelle Leesang, Science Teacher, IS 68 Brooklyn, United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
      • JP Patafio, Bus Operator/VP Transportation Workers Union Local 100 (TWU) & Climate Jobs NY
      • Anil Singh, 2021 NYC public schools graduate, Sunrise Movement member
      • Justin Thompson, Senior Policy Analyst, National Education Association (NEA)
      • Gina Walsh, Deputy Director of Heat and Frost Insulators Cooperative Trust & Climate Jobs Illinois Executive Board

Building a Robust, Equitable Offshore Wind Industry in the U.S.

Moderator: Lee Smith, Managing Member, American Solar Partners (ASP)

      • Hae-Lin Choi, New York State Political Director, Communications Workers of America District 1 (CWA)

      • Doreen Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer, NY Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

      • Eric Hines, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University

      • David Langlais, Business Manager, Iron Workers Local 137 (IW)

      • Amanda Lefton, Director, Bureau Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM)

      • Grant Provost, Business Agent, Iron Workers Local 7 (IW)

 Secretary Marty Walsh, U.S. Department of Labor

Secretary Walsh is introduced by John Doherty, Special Assistant to the General President, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)

Liz Shuler, President, AFL-CIO

Closing of the Climate Jobs Summit and Call to Action

      • Kyle Bragg, President, Service Employees International Union, 32BJ (SEIU) & Climate Jobs NY