Dec 17, 2021 | News Story

Climate Jobs NY Update: Year in Review!

As 2021 comes to a close, Climate Jobs NY would like to thank our member unions. Together, we drove important progress toward a nation-leading clean-energy economy powered by good, family-sustaining union jobs.

Together, we helped pass a first-of-its-kind-in-the-nation suite of labor standards and economic-development provisions addressing construction, operations and maintenance, and manufacturing work in the renewable sector.

  • Together, our coalition launched the Carbon-Free and Healthy Schools campaign. With energy audits, energy-efficiency retrofits, and solar power across NYC schools, we can achieve emissions reductions equal to taking 161,000 cars off the road; update antiquated buildings, making schools healthier and safer for the students and the school community; create tens of thousands of unions jobs; and save schools $70 million annually in energy costs.
  • Together, our coalition is helping drive New York offshore wind projects forward -- including the South Fork project, which now has all the required state approvals to move forward—driving the development of the supply chain and long-term infrastructure needs for the industry, and fighting to ensure that all the jobs created are good union jobs.

It's hard to believe it, but 2022 is just around the corner, and with it comes both great urgency and the opportunity to build back better! We look forward to continuing our work together to build a clean energy economy that works for everyone.

(Photo: In June, labor leaders from Climate Jobs New York (CJNY) participated in a Building America’s Future roundtable with Secretary Jennifer Granholm to discuss building a worker-centered clean energy economy. Read more here!)