Mar 25, 2022 | News Story

Climate Jobs NY Update: CJNY Rallies for the Carbon Free and Healthy Schools Initiative

On Thursday, Climate Jobs NY joined with unions, elected officials, and environmental justice advocates on the steps of City Hall to call on Mayor Adams and the New York City Council to implement our Carbon Free and Healthy Schools Initiative (CFHS).

Our NYC public schools, especially those in communities of color, are in urgent need of repairs due to aging infrastructure. CFHS would provide these schools with the funding they need to repair crumbling facilities with green infrastructure while also building a pipeline of good union jobs for our young people in communities where they need it most.

Led by a steering committee of 32BJ SEIU, AFSCME District Council 37, the United Federation of Teachers, the New York City Central Labor Council, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators–and in partnership with key allies including Climate Works for All and the Sunrise Movement–the CFHS plan would:

  • Create 60,000 good union jobs in NYC communities, especially those that have been historically overlooked
  • Make schools healthier and safer for students and the school community, especially for schools that have been underinvested in for years
  • Save more than $250 million per year in energy costs
  • Eliminate 75,000 tons of carbon emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 161,000 cars off the road

Tell your City Council Member to support CFHS today! Our kids and our planet can’t wait. Learn more at