Date(s) - 07/31/2019
11:00 am PDT - 12:00 pm PDT
Webinar: Green Jobs through the Green New Deal
July 31, 2019 at 11-12pm PST / 2-3pm EST
With the Cities of Los Angeles and New York City passing their own versions of the Green New Deal, there is a lot of momentum and real opportunity to move forward on renewable energy and green jobs at the local level. What are the common barriers to creating these green jobs and how can local governments leverage policy to make sure that frontline communities get the benefits? Christy Veeder from Jobs to Move America will discuss policy infrastructure and strategies that can create local green jobs and challenges that need to be addressed through extensive stakeholder engagement. Jessica Tovar from the Local Clean Energy Alliance will present a case study from community organizing efforts to bring local clean energy to the Bay Area through the East Bay Community Energy, the community choice aggregation program.
Christy Veeder, PhD, serves as the National Program Director at Jobs to Move America where she is leading research on the ways in which public spending can maximize civic benefits. Prior to joining JMA, Dr. Veeder developed expertise on a range of climate-related issues as a doctoral fellow at Columbia University and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Her research on atmospheric science combined with her interest in meaningful policy solutions led her to become the 2016–2017 American Meteorological Society Congressional Policy Fellow, an opportunity that allowed her to work on environmental and energy policy, labor relations, and industrial manufacturing issues in the US Senate. Dr. Veeder’s work at JMA focuses on increasing support for policies and practices that can strengthen American infrastructure and increase access to high-road job opportunities while improving environmental quality and long-term climate health.
Jessica Guadalupe Tovar of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, grew up in housing projects near an industrial pollution corridor in East Los Angeles. The experience of cancer in her family led her to focus on preventing and reducing local industrial pollution and to advocate for policies to protect vulnerable communities. Jessica has worked for 16 years as an environmental justice and health organizer in a variety of urban, rural, and indigenous communities throughout California and Arizona.
Jessica interned with the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative in 2003, working with organizations across the U.S. on issues of climate justice. In the Bay Area, she helped shut down the PG&E Hunters Point Power Plant in 2004 and in 2010, successfully mobilized against a tar sands-dirty crude expansion of the Chevron Richmond oil refinery. She conducted and co-published an NIEHS Air Sampling Study in Richmond, California, for use as advocacy against toxic chemicals that are known to cause and/or aggravate adverse health effects like asthma, developmental problems, and cancer.
She speaks on environmental/climate racism at educational institutions and has been featured on TV and radio in Germany, France, Mexico, and Cuba. She currently promotes “Clean Power to the People” as coordinator of the East Bay Clean Power Alliance, which has advanced local clean energy solutions by creating East Bay Community Energy, a public energy services provider agency that is now providing electricity for 1.5 million people in Alameda County.