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Making Climate Change Policy Work in Difficult Economic Times: A Conference Focusing on the Job and Equity Impacts of Carbon Pricing Policies

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Conference; 5:30 PM Reception
UC Berkeley International House
2299 Piedmont Avenue; Berkeley, CA

Carbon pricing policies like cap-and-trade programs are being proposed or implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California, the Western states of the US and Canada, and nationally. This conference will explore the design options within carbon pricing policies that shape impacts on employment and equity. Presenters will include leading policy makers, economists, labor leaders, environmental justice advocates, business leaders, environmentalists, and others.


8:30-9:00 Welcome and Overview
Introduction: Ken Jacobs, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Art Pulaski, California Labor Federation
Bob Balgenorth, President, State Building & Construction Trades Council of CA
9:00-10:30 Opening Plenary: Climate Change, Economic and Carbon Pricing Overview
Moderator: Andrea Buffa, UC Berkeley Labor Center
10:45-12:00 Morning Workshops
  1. In-depth workshop on carbon pricing policy options
    Moderator: Azibuike Akaba, Health Care Without Harm
  2. Common issues for labor and environmental justice groups
    Moderator: Rachel Morello-Frosch, UC Berkeley
    • Lisa Hoyos, AFL-CIO Download Presentation PDF
    • Nia Robinson, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
    • Erin Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists Download Presentation PDF
    • Miya Yoshitani, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
  3. The politics of cap and trade in California and the West
    Moderator: Bill Magavern-Sierra Club
    • Barbara Byrd, Oregon AFL-CIO
    • Jane Williams, California Communities Against Toxics
    • Elliot Hoffman, New Voice of Business
12:15-1:15 Lunch & Keynote Address
Introduction of Speaker: Carol Zabin, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Speaker: Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California
1:30-3:00 Afternoon Plenary: Economic & Equity Impact of Carbon Pricing Policies
Moderator: Jim Beno, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
3:00-4:15 Afternoon Workshops
  1. Leakage: What it is and polices to prevent it
    Moderator: Carol Zabin, UC Berkeley Labor Center
  2. Carbon revenues: How auction funds or tax funds can smooth the transition to the green economy
    Moderator: Carla Din, Apollo Alliance
  3. Complementary policies: Energy efficiency standards, RPS, clean car measures, public transit measures, and others
    Moderator: Michele McGeoy, Solar Richmond
    • Jeff Rickert, AFL-CIO
    • Ian Kim, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
    • Carli Paine, TransForm
    • Marc Joseph, Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo
  4. Global equity issues
    Moderator: Cheryl Brown, UC Berkeley Labor Center
    • Neil Tangri, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
    • Jill Kubit, Cornell Global Labor Institute
    • Victor Menotti, International Forum on Globalization
4:15-5:30 Closing Plenary: Where Do We Go From Here?
Moderator: Barbara Byrd, Oregon AFL-CIO
  • Dave Foster-Blue, Green Alliance
  • Vivian Buckingham, Ceres
  • Virgil Welch, California Air Resources Board

Please join us for a reception upstairs immediately following the conference

Thank you to our sponsors and funders:
UC Berkeley Labor Center, Apollo Alliance, California Labor Federation's Workforce and Economic Development Program, California State Building and Construction Trades Council, Don Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy, Energy Foundation, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, French American Charitable Trust, Pacific Gas and Electric, Western Climate Advocates Network (WeCAN), and others.

This event has been certified as a green event by the UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability. Air travel for the event was offset through a donation to the UC Berkeley Climate Action Fund.

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