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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    GC3 Stakeholder Events

    RSVP for Round 2 on July 26th

    During 2016, the Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3) is gathering input from stakeholders across the state, as part of its charge to develop a strategy/plan to meet the state's mandated goal of an 80% reduction in GHG emissions below 2001 levels by the year 2050.

    Three rounds of stakeholder events (May, July and October) will engage stakeholders at different points in the process.  The primary/central location will be in Hartford, with satellite locations around the state.  Participants at the satellite locations will view the presentation(s) via video link and then engage in facilitated dialogue at the local level.

    The CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is helping to coordinate logistics for these gatherings.

    May 5th - Round 1

    On May 5th, participants in the first round of events had the opportunity to learn about and provide feedback on the technologies and measures that will be modeled in the Long range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP). LEAP the software tool for energy policy analysis and climate change mitigation assessment that will help us understand the GHG reduction potential of various measures and technologies (and combinations thereof).

    With 7 sites across the state, more than 175 people participated in the dialogue, providing input into this first phase of the process.

    We are very grateful for the partnerships with local Councils of Governments and host sites (Hartford Public Library, Eastern CT State University, Housatonic Community College, Middlesex Community College, Yale University, Naugatuck Valley Community College and Norwalk Community College).

    July 26th - Round 2

    We are excited to announce the addition of 3 new sites in July, giving us a site in all 9 of the Council of Governments (COG) planning regions. (Download detailed site info.)

    Participants in the July stakeholder events will have an opportunity to learn about the initial results of the modeling scenarios, provide feedback to the Governor's Council on the priorities incorporated within those scenarios, and engage in local dialogue about some of the policy implications of the initial results. (Download the dialogue questions.)

    Please RSVP Today!

    Photos from May 5th

    GC3 May5 Stakeholder Event Hartford




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