Cornell labor experts to offer sneak peek at job creation plan to confront climate crisis

WHO: Lara Skinner, associate director of Cornell’s ILR Worker Institute, and Worker Institute Fellow J. Mijin Cha will preview final recommendations of their upcoming report, “Climate Jobs Program for NYS: Reversing Inequality, Combating Climate Change.” Skinner and Cha will also talk about the steps needed to create thousands of sustainability-focused jobs in New York City and around the state.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, noon to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Cornell’s ILR Conference Center, 16 E. 34th St., 6th floor, Midtown NYC

MEDIA: Journalists are invited to attend this special media-only lunch. To attend, please contact Daryl Lovell at (607) 254-4799 or (607) 592-3925 or by e-mail at

NEW YORK – How can leaders confront the growing problem of income inequality, create viable high-paying jobs, and help address the global crisis of climate change?

Lara Skinner, associate director of Cornell’s ILR Worker Institute who is based in New York City, and Institute Fellow J. Mijin Cha will address those issues during a special preview for journalists on Tuesday, April 12 from noon to 1 p.m. at Cornell’s ILR Conference Center in Midtown. Skinner and Cha will highlight the Climate Jobs plan and final recommendations of their upcoming report, “A Climate Jobs Program for NYS: Reversing Inequality, Combating Climate Change,” scheduled to be released this summer.

The report will recommend significant changes in the transportation, building and energy sectors to slow greenhouse gas pollution and create thousands of family-sustaining jobs in New York City and throughout New York State, including:

  • In transportation: establishing a statewide “surface subway” – a rapid bus transportation system that would provide faster and more efficient service than an ordinary bus, but cost far less than building a passenger railway. The shift of a single 20-mile car commute to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) could reduce carbon emissions by 4,800 pounds per person, per year.
  • In building: slashing energy use in all state public buildings by 40 percent by 2025 to save hundreds of millions of dollars, and reduce greenhouse gas emission levels by over 16 million tons.
  • In energy: harnessing wind-driven energy off New York’s Atlantic Ocean coast through enterprises like the Long Island offshore wind project, that would generate nearly half of the state’s annual electricity demand and lead to more than 100,000 jobs and $10 billion in wages.

In addition to her role at Cornell’s ILR Worker Institute in New York City, Skinner is co-chair of the institute’s Labor, the Environment and Sustainable Development Initiative, and faculty fellow with Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Her research, writing and labor education work focuses on worker and labor union engagement in issues of sustainability, climate protection and economic alternatives. Cha is a consultant and fellow at the Worker Institute who has written several reports and publications, including the NYC Green-Collar Jobs Roadmap.

About Inside Cornell: This event is part of a series held in New York City and Washington, D.C. featuring high-interest experts working at Cornell University. The free, catered lunch sessions are on-the-record, and media members are welcome to record video and audio as desired.

Daryl Lovell
Office: 607-254-4799
Mobile: 607-592-3925