2021 Climate Jobs Summit

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:30:00 GMT


Live video


9:30 AM Welcome, Purpose, and Review of the Day
  • Gary LaBarbara, President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and New York State Building and Construction Trades Council & Climate Jobs NY
  • Michael Fishman, President and Executive Director, Climate Jobs National Resource Center
Opening Lightning Round: Messages from Labor and Allies on How to Ensure Good Jobs In Clean Energy Industries
  • Maulian Dana, Tribal Ambassador, Penobscot Nation
  • Eric Dean, General President International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers (IW)
  • Lily Gardner, Sunrise Movement member
  • Aliya Haq, Vice President, U.S. Policy and Advocacy, Breakthrough Energy
  • Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association (NEA)
  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)


10:15 AM Ali Zaidi, Deputy White House National Climate Advisor

10:30 AM American Jobs Plan: Impact & Opportunities for Clean Energy and Good Jobs

  • Moderator: Lara Skinner, Director, Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, Worker Institute at Cornell University ILR School
  • Marilyn Brown, Director, Georgia Tech, Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory
  • John Cartwright, President, Toronto/York Labour Council (Retired)
  • John Doherty, Special Assistant to the General President, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • John Podesta, Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors, Center for American Progress (CAP)
  • Chris Shelton, President, Communication Workers of America (CWA)

12:00 PM Break

12:15 PM Equity and Good Jobs in a Clean Economy: State Strategies for Winning Labor Standards and Equity in Opportunity

  • Moderator: Vincent Alvarez, President, New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO & Climate Jobs NY
  • Priscilla De La Cruz, Senior Director, Government Affairs at Audubon Society of Rhode Island, President of the Environment Council of Rhode Island, Co-host Climate Jobs Illinois
  • Aziz Dehkan, Executive Director and Lead Organizer, Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs
  • Pat Devaney, Secretary-Treasurer, Illinois AFL-CIO & Climate Jobs Illinois
  • Cynthia Phinney, President, Maine State Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Melissa Shetler, Executive Director, Pathways to Apprenticeship

1:45 PM Two Concurrent Panel Discussions:

Building Carbon Free and Healthy Schools

  • Moderator: Nikki Budzinski, Advisor, Climate Jobs National Resource Center
  • Joseph Bryant, President, Service Employees International Union, Local 1021 (SEIU)
  • Seanelle Leesang, Science Teacher, IS 68 Brooklyn, United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
  • JP Patafio, Bus Operator/VP Transportation Workers Union Local 100 (TWU) & Climate Jobs NY
  • Anil Singh, 2021 NYC public schools graduate, Sunrise Movement member
  • Justin Thompson, Senior Policy Analyst, National Education Association (NEA)
  • Gina Walsh, Deputy Director of Heat and Frost Insulators Cooperative Trust & Climate Jobs Illinois Executive Board

Building a Robust, Equitable Offshore Wind Industry in the U.S.

  • Moderator: Lee Smith, Managing Member, American Solar Partners (ASP)
  • Hae-Lin Choi, New York State Political Director, Communications Workers of America District 1 (CWA)
  • Doreen Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer, NY Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Eric Hines, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
  • David Langlais, Business Manager, Iron Workers Local 137 (IW)
  • Amanda Lefton, Director, Bureau Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM)
  • Grant Provost, Business Agent, Iron Workers Local 7 (IW)

3:15 PM Secretary Marty Walsh, U.S. Department of Labor

3:40 PM Liz Shuler, President, AFL-CIO

3:50 PM Closing and Call to Action

Kyle Bragg, President, Service Employees International Union, 32BJ (SEIU) & Climate Jobs NY

4:00 PM Adjourn