Launched in June 2012, the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is an innovative partnership between the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and the CT AFL-CIO that seeks to strengthen collaboration among Connecticut’s labor, environmental, and religious groups in advocating for public policies that address urgent concerns about climate change while creating good-paying jobs right here in our state.

We reject the false choice of “jobs vs. the environment.”  We seek to build a worker-oriented environmental movement organizing to secure a fair and just transition that protects not only the environment, but also the livelihoods threatened by both climate change and the steps taken toward mitigation and adaptation.  A robust climate protection program will create tens of thousands of new jobs in CT, but the transition to a clean-energy economy will also displace some workers. Workers making the difficult transition to alternative work deserve well-paid, secure jobs with benefits and the right to union representation.

We believe that our public advocacy for policies on which we have found consensus is strengthened by our ability to engage in honest and open dialogue on areas where we are still seeking common ground.  Our diversity is a source of power. Together, we can save the planet AND strengthen the communities where we live and work.

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    Offshore Wind: CT Jobs & Clean Energy

    Read the Roundtable's Comment re Offshore Wind in the draft CES

    Read our op-ed re Millstone and Offshore Wind

    Rhode Island's Block Island Wind Farm has made offshore wind a reality in New England. Massachusetts has grabbed the lead with a request for proposals and a strong commitment to procuring offshore wind energy in the coming decade. New York, Maryland and New Jersey, are all close on its heels and moving quickly to grab a share of the wind energy from permitted areas in federal waters along the eastern seaboard.  

    But where is Connecticut? Connecticut is decidedly lagging its neighboring states in making offshore wind an integral part of its long-term energy and economic development strategies.

    To catch up and capture its share of this new economic opportunity, CT needs to develop a sound policy framework for offshore wind procurement. By taking advantage of lessons learned from neighboring states, the state should develop a robust offshore wind strategy that leverages our modern port facilities and skilled labor pool in a new emerging market.

    Our September 2017 forum was co-sponsored by the Acadia Center, the CT Port Authority and the Greater Hartford-New Britain Building and Construction Trades Council, and it was hosted by IBEW Local 90.  Here are some resources from that event:

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