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Electric Vehicle Investments Provide Benefits Across the U.S.

This map compiles ZETA research to illustrate EV investments across the country. These private investments are creating tens of thousands of good-paying auto jobs that will reinvigorate communities, generating thousands of additional indirect jobs. And these investments aren’t the only financial benefits that will derive from electrifying the transportation sector: because of the climate and public health benefits of transportation electrification, achieving 100% EV sales by 2030 and a cleaner grid will prevent $1.3 trillion in health and environmental costs in the coming decades.

06/13/22

Offshore Wind in New York

Long Island is poised to play a central role in the development of offshore wind (OSW) in New York State. Governor Cuomo has set an ambitious goal of 9,000 megawatts from OSW in New York by 2035, and at least three major OSW projects are to be sited off of Long Island. These projects offer the opportunity for significant economic development, creating a skilled green-economy workforce and establishing a foothold in what will be a major industry in the near future all while combating climate change and driving the state’s success in meeting its goal of 70 percent electricity from renewable energy by 2030.

05/10/22

Detroit nonprofit offers paid training for energy efficiency jobs

By Yale Climate Connections

Detroit, Michigan, needs more people who know how to make buildings more energy efficient. Sitara Govender of the non-profit Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency says there are more energy efficiency jobs available than workers with the skills to fill them.

04/28/22

What Biden Said—and Didn’t Say—on Climate during the State of the Union

By Adam Aton and Scott Waldman

President Biden used his first State of the Union address to reset his administration after a year of inflation and crises at home and abroad that has left him with nearly record-low approval ratings.

03/02/22

‘I’ve found purpose’: Meet the ‘green defectors’ ditching high-flying careers in business and finance to tackle climate change

By Pilita Clark

Six years ago, Samantha Cooper had a high-powered job in London’s Canary Wharf financial district and a hard-charging life to match it.

12/21/21

South Fork Wind wins federal OK, launching union jobs at ProvPort

By Mary Serreze

The Ørsted/Eversource project will power New York homes, but the turbine foundations are being fabricated in Rhode Island.

11/26/21
                                                               

Biden’s Build Back Better bill would give young people jobs to fight climate change. What would a new CCC look like?

By Ledyard King

As the only member of her immediate family who doesn’t have asthma or bronchitis, Maricruz Ramirez has seen the threat an unhealthy environment can pose. And as someone who has grown up seeing and smelling the nearby oil fields of the Central Valley that pollute the air and send carbon into Earth’s atmosphere, she has witnessed firsthand the footprint fossil fuels leave behind.

11/16/21

Nonprofit Grid Alternatives trains women for careers in solar

By YCC Team

Agrowing number of women work in the solar industry, but they still account for less than a third of solar jobs. To prepare more women for employment in the industry, the national nonprofit Grid Alternatives runs free training programs and, before the pandemic, partnered on annual women-only solar builds.

11/09/21

Solving climate change means creating jobs

By John F. Kerry and Ryan Roslansky

The world is gathered at COP26, the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, to come together and wrestle with a crisis that affects every country on our shared planet. We are already approaching nearly 65 percent of global GDP that has been committed by respective nations to a course of action that can hold the world’s total increase in temperature to the 1.5 degrees that science tells us is critical.

11/08/21

The 10 most in-demand green jobs right now—some pay over $100,000 a year

By Morgan Smith

Conversations about climate change have been happening for decades, but recent events, including soaring gas prices and extreme weather, have given these discussions a new urgency. In response, sectors like renewable energy, environmental science and forestry are growing rapidly, creating new jobs and a greater demand for workers to fill these roles.

10/19/21