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A Green Economy For Rhode Island with Climate Jobs RI

By Autumn Guillotte, Erica Hammond, Mike Roles, and Aislinn Hanley - Labor Vision RI, March 28, 2023

Labor Vision host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Climate Jobs RI’s Erica Hammond, Lead Organizer, Mike Roles, Policy Director, and Aislinn Hanley, Energy Fellow to talk about victories in 2022 and upcoming 2023 priorities.

In 2022, Climate Jobs RI’s successes included strengthening labor standards in renewable energy projects, building pathways for trades apprenticeship for those affected most in the climate transition, the Renewable Energy Standard Bill requiring 100% of electricity to be sourced by renewable energy by 2033, and the Offshore Wind Procurement bill paving the way for 600-1000 megawatts of offshore wind in Rhode Island.

In 2023, Climate Jobs RI is revisiting the Green and Health Schools campaign to decarbonize all public K-12 school buildings by 2035 using strong labor and equity standards, and replacing lead pipes throughout the state via good union jobs.

Stay tuned for future Labor Vision segments with Climate Jobs RI diving into the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which directs nearly $400 billion in federal funding to clean energy, the Environmental Justice Act, and the Green and Health Schools campaign.

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