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To gain further insights on the various  discussions and initiatives  responding to an emerging green economy and the opportunities and challenges it poses to workers and communities in Toronto, see resources listed below:

bluegreenBLUE GREEN CANADA (2012).  More Bang for our Buck: How Canada can create more energy jobs and less pollution.

 In this report, the BlueGreen Canada alliance maintains envisioning a sustainable economy which creates good jobs and protects the environment can be achieved by shifting investments into clean energy initiatives. The report draws on direct and indirect renewable energy and energy efficiency job multipliers identifies by Pollin and Garrett-Peltier, in “Building the Green Economy” to demonstrate a clean energy strategy can positively impact environmental protection and economic growth through creation of green jobs.  The assessment verifies clean energy investments in Conservation and Demand Management, Hydroelectric, On-shore Wind, Offshore Wind, Bioenergy, Waste Energy Recycling, Solar and Smart Grid projects provides greater job creation and economic growth than Conventional energy projects.

 

CAW climiate change and our jobsCAW (2007).  Climate Change and our jobs: Finding the right balance. 

In this discussion paper, CAW highlights the opportunities and risks an emerging green economy presents to workers in the Canadian Auto Industry and solutions undertaken in ensure sustainability of good jobs and environmental protection.  Key employment sectors of Canadian auto industry and air travel, aerospace, rail and urban transit, and foundries and smelters remain challenged with adapting to new Green House Gas standards without compromising Canadian jobs. In response, CAW re-affirms a commitment to sustainability of jobs and the environment by working in alliance with various stakeholders in CAW sectorial councils, collective bargaining, and broader community coalitions.

 

 

CLC_GreenJobCreationProjectCLC (2003). Green Job Creation Project. 

This document outlines the green industrial policy framework used by the Canadian Labour Congress to mobilize a Green Job Creation Campaign. The green job agenda is framed in a “sustainability” vision in which a sustainable community cannot be achieved through industrial activities that comprise both the environment and economy.   This can be achieved by creating good green jobs through three platforms: a green industrial policy, tax reform and environmental regulation.

 

 

 

cupe_national envionrment policyCUPE (2013). Working harmoniously on the earth: CUPE’s National Environmental Policy.  

This document outlines the national environmental policy adopted by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) since 2011. This policy provides a framework to guide CUPE’s policy-oriented organizing work, organized labour work in CUPE workplaces where members work, and internal operations. The policy is rooted in ecological approach to sustainability which values equality and preserves the quality of work, life and the community.  In a policy domain, CUPE maintains commitments to clean energy initiatives centered in the interests of local residents and communities. In the workplace, CUPE maintains commitments to ensuring facets of greening the workplace are good for the environment and job growth through green bargaining language.

 

 

CLC_ investing in public transit and intercity railKatz-Rozene, R. (2011). Moving Toward Canada’s “Green” Economy” Investing in Public Transit and Intercity Rail. CLC, Research Paper #49

This paper highlights the role of Public Transit Systems in facilitating the transition to equitable and sustainable communities in Canada’s emerging green economy.  The authours maintain investments in public transit and intercity rail, especially when paired with renewable energy polices and domestic supply procurement places can benefit local business, resident and communities.  A National Public Transportation strategy is outlined as cost effective and energy efficient for the public through breakdown of two capital investment scenarios. These includes increased contributions from federal and provincial governments by 2015 to alleviate pressures from municipalities, as well as an agreement to each cover 48% of the expected capital costs of Canadian transit systems.

 

 

NUGE just transitionsNUPGE(2008). Confronting climate change:  A just transition to green jobs.

This document outlines the national environmental policy adopted by National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). This policy provides a framework to guide NUPGE’s policy-oriented, workplace and community-based organized labour work. This just transitions strategy emphasizes green industrial activities should provide adequate income earning opportunities, skills development opportunities and job security (ie. re-training and re-deployment), especially for low wage and aging workers.

 

 

 

 

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