The CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs began as a small ad hoc steering committee formed in June 2012, following an afternoon gathering of about 40 labor, religious and environmental leaders, who decided they wanted to continue the dialogue. Since that time, we have solidified and expanded the steering committee as a body that meets for biweekly conference calls and bi-annual face-to-face meetings, established a formal fiscal sponsor relationship with the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN), organized a statewide gathering every 4 to 6 months, and engaged in a variety of successful public events and policy advocacy.
The notes from the first steering committee conference call (8/17/12) identify three “Overall Objectives” that have guided the work of the Roundtable’s leadership:
- Educate each constituency about the needs/concerns of the others in the context of climate change and economic transformation/jobs;
- Seek opportunities for cooperation in moving toward a green jobs economy; and
- Seek ways to defuse/mitigate potential tensions and conflicts that will undoubtedly arise.
By providing opportunities for constituencies that have often disagreed on environmental issues to engage in dialogue, identify areas of common ground and embrace their diversity as a source of power, the Roundtable has played a constructive role in helping to shape the state’s energy policy and in reinvigorating the state's climate change planning.
Download CT AFL-CIO's 2013 resolution supporting the Roundtable [PDF].
Our Organizer: John Humphries
John has more than two decades of experience in nonprofit management, community organizing and advocacy, and he has served as organizer for the Roundtable since its establishment in 2012. His organizing experience encompasses local, state, regional and national campaigns, working with: people in rural Appalachian communities affected by coal mining; a coalition of labor, religious and community organizations in the Naugatuck Valley in CT; diverse youth opposing military recruitment in schools; diverse people of faith opposing war in Iraq and the use of torture by the U.S. government; and a coalition of parents, educators and community activists working to expand access to quality, integrated education in the Hartford region. With training in water resources engineering and economics, his early professional career was in international irrigation management. John represents the Roundtable on the Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3). He lives in Hartford and is active in the Hartford Friends Meeting (Quakers).
Our Steering Committee (March 2016)
(Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.)
- Jeremy Brecher—Labor Network for Sustainability
- Jefferson Davis—1000 Friends of CT
- William Dornbos—Acadia Center
- John Harrity—State Council of Machinists & Grow Jobs CT
- John Humphries—Roundtable Organizer
- Diane Lauricella—Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
- Jameelah Muhammad—Interreligious Eco-Justice Network & Sierra Club
- Jim Murkette—Union Energy Alliance
- Josh Ratner—Jewish Community Relations Council & IREJN
- Charles Redfern—American Baptist Churches
- Renae Reese—CT Center for a New Economy
- Steve Schrag—Service Employees International Union Local 511 & Naugatuck Valley Project
- Maisa Tisdale—The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community
- Guy West—Clean Water Action
View the list of affiliated groups and a description of how your group can join us here.