Op-Ed: Creating Green, Healthy New York City Schools as They Fully Reopen
"In New York City, the clean energy economy of the future should not be driven by short-term, low-skill, dead-end jobs," write Local 3, IBEW Business Manager Christopher Erikson and ALIGN NY Executive Director Maritza Silva-Farrell, leaders in the Climate Works for All coalition. "Instead, it should be full of good-paying, union jobs with family supporting wages and benefits." Read the full op-ed in the Gotham Gazette.
The Climate Works for All coalition of labor unions, environmental justice advocates, and community groups has released a report, “Creating Green, Healthy Schools,” and a plan to replicate the success of the net-zero P.S. 62 on Staten Island at every public school building in the five boroughs. CW4A calculates that $1.5 billion is needed to install solar and HVAC systems in every public school in NYC. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services currently has $3.8 billion in funding for city energy efficiency upgrades.