A State Approach to a Just Transition


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In times of crisis it is clearer than ever that vulnerable communities are impacted the most. As the climate crisis looms, policy must work to protect vulnerable communities while also rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. States are leading the way with innovative legislation that prioritizes the needs of communities and sets ambitious goals for decarbonization. These policies are often due to the efforts of diverse coalitions composed of justice-oriented, environmental, and labor organizations. Recently implemented policies in the District of Columbia, Illinois, and New York offer potential models for equitable climate change policy.

 

Join the Environmental Law Institute, American University Washington College of Law Program on Environmental and Energy Law, and leading panelists to explore state-level strategies for this public webinar. Panelists will explore lessons learned from legislation including the New York Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act, and the District of Columbia’s ambitious Clean Energy Omnibus Amendment, particularly in the context of a global health crisis. Participants will gain a robust understanding of some of the nation’s leading policy strategies to address climate change.

 

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