Aligning Community, Environmental Justice & Labor in NYC



Climate Works for All is comprised of environmental justice advocates, community organizations, and Labor unions with the goal of addressing climate change and income inequality. Formed in 2014 the coalition focuses on promoting policies to tackle both reductions in carbon emissions, as well as resiliency. Investments in resiliency upgrades can serve as a catalyst for job creation, including pathways to apprenticeship, and local hire opportunities. In particular, the coalition is focused on mandatory large-building retrofits and devising a comprehensive strategy to install renewable energy systems on New York City public buildings.




Mandatory Large Building Retrofits

Investing $1 billion per year in retrofitting NYC’s largest buildings for energy efficiency could create 16,000 jobs each year and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 9.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. Mandating energy efficiency retrofits in privately-owned buildings will have, by far, the most significant impact on emissions and job creation in New York City.


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Renewables on Public Buildings

Expanding the current commitment by the de Blasio administration by installing 50 megawatts of solar capacity on the 100 largest schools over the next five years would create more than 2,600 jobs, and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 26,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. The reduction in asthma-inducing pollution from oil boilers at these buildings would be significant.



It Will Take All of Us to Fight Climate Change & Inequality

Keep in touch so Climate Works for All can notify you of upcoming events, pending legislation, and new reports.  We are a coalition of many interests, and will need everyone to help raise the floor.

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