Climate Jobs NY Update: A Climate for Change, A Climate Jobs Roadmap for New York City
Today, Climate Jobs New York (CJNY), in partnership with Cornell University, released “A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE, A CLIMATE JOBS ROADMAP FOR NEW YORK CITY,” a report representing labor’s climate jobs agenda for New York City. Climate Jobs NY unions will be outlining the recommendations to the Adams administration and to the City Council in a series of briefings starting today. Click here to read the report.
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. Here are the highlights:
- Decarbonizing K-12 public school buildings by conducting deep retrofits and installing 1.1 gigawatts of renewable energy plus battery storage by 2030;
- Build three (3) gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030 under a project labor agreement and conducting a feasibility study on green hydrogen production potential at offshore wind ports and onshore substations;
- Electrify transportation by 2030 by prioritizing high-quality job creation and equity, and keeping important infrastructure assets under public purview;
- Implement A More Just NYC Renewable Rikers proposal through direct installation of a 90-megawatt solar farm, 300-megawatts of battery storage and construction of a wastewater resource recovery facility under a Project Labor Agreement on Rikers Island by 2035; and
- Expand the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development to liaise directly with City agencies and develop a robust system of interagency cooperation to achieve workforce goals.