September 16th, 2020
New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), adopted in 2019, set the stage for a just transition to a fossil-free economy in our state. It will take more work on many fronts to make this a reality, including fighting for massive investments in green jobs and supporting organizations that stand ready to educate and train a green workforce.
Making NYC buildings climate friendly
In New York City, buildings account for two-thirds of carbon emissions. Too many are poorly insulated and use dirty, inefficient technology for heating and cooling. To retrofit the city’s buildings to reduce emissions, we’ll need a well-trained workforce right here in NYC.
In 2019 the City Council passed a law (Local Law 97) placing carbon caps on large buildings.
The Urban Green Council is helping to meet the large-scale challenge of making one million-plus NYC buildings energy efficient and moving them off of fossil fuels. Read here about its initiatives to Bring the Retrofit Market to Scale.
Training and internships
There are many paths to a green job. Here are just a few places to begin exploring.
The big picture
Inventory of carbon emissions in NYC (From the Mayor’s office.)
2019 New York Clean Energy Report: Analyzes data on clean energy jobs and employer needs in New York State’s clean energy sector. (From NYSERDA.)
New York State and the Jobs of Offshore Wind Energy: Explores skills and occupations required to take an offshore wind power plant from an idea, through development and construction, to spinning turbines generating electricity. (From the Workforce Development Institute.)
Reversing Inequality, Combatting Climate Change: A Climate Change Jobs Program for New York State: “By adopting a climate jobs agenda, New York can lead the country and chart the way to a low-carbon, equitable economy.” (From The Worker Institute at Cornell.)
National Solar Jobs Census 2019: Reports on size and scope of America’s solar workforce and analyzes trends in the solar labor market (From The Solar Foundation.)
Clean Jobs America 2020: Repowering America’s Economy in the Wake of COVID-19: “Details the sheer size of this important employment sector, the troubles it is currently facing due to COVID-19 and how focusing recovery policies on clean energy can get America’s economy humming again—quickly and for the long run.” (From the business group E2, Environmental Entrepreneurs.)
Everett, M. (2007) Making a Living While Making a Difference
Jones, V. (2008) Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems