DEC Commissioner Leads Forum on Climate, Jobs and Justice

3/29/2010 | Facebook|Twitter|Email

The community forum "Climate, Jobs and Justice: Copenhagen Report and Next Steps for Labor and the Environment" was held in the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom at Albany Law from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 1.

Last December, more than 45,000 people, including the heads of more than 100 countries, gathered in Copenhagen to help plan the next steps in the global response to the climate crisis. While no binding agreement came out of the meeting, attendees did make progress toward the creation of a global climate strategy.

At the forum, environment, labor and environmental justice leaders who took part in the Copenhagen meetings, as well as other experts, discussed next steps to a meaningful response to the climate crisis.

Keynote speakers were:

  • Pete Grannis, Commissioner, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Sean Sweeney, Director, Cornell Global Labor Institute
  • Cecil Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director, WeAct for Environmental Justice

Additional speakers included:

  • Mark Watson, Program Manager, Environmental Research, NYSERDA
  • Jill Kubit, Assistant Director, Cornell Global Labor Institute
  • Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner for Air Resources, NYS Department of Environmental
  • Mark Bettinger, Director of Sierra Club's Federal and International Climate Campaign
  • Ed Murphy, Director, Workforce Development Institute

The event, which was free and open to the public, was co-sponsored by the Workforce Development Institute, Albany Law School's Government Law Center, New York State Apollo Alliance and the Albany Law School Environmental Law Society.

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