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The Climate Works For All coalition of unions, community-based groups, and environmental justice activists have released a new report, “Creating Green, Healthy Schools,” with key findings and an equitable action plan for the next mayor of New York City. Using P.S. 62 on Staten Island as a replicable model, their plan calls on the Department of Citywide Administrative Services to immediately invest in the installation of solar energy (photovoltaic or PV) systems and new HVAC and air-quality monitoring systems at the city’s K-12 public schools, which make up 25 percent of city-owned buildings. Of the $3.8 billion already allocated but not spent by DCAS, $1.5 billion would cover the costs of installations at every public school, leaving $2.3 billion for projects on other public properties.
The press conference announcing the report on Thursday at noon featured speakers from the City Council, Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), Environmental Justice Alliance, TREEage, ALIGN, Business Manager Chris Erikson of Local 3 IBEW, and Stephen Gianotti of Arcadia Electrical Company and the Joint Industry Board. They shared their support for creating good-paying, union jobs in the renewable energy sector and related construction and manufacturing, using direct entry and pre-apprenticeship programs to train and diversify the workforce, and working together to solve climate change, racial discrimination, and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.