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Just Transition

Overview

In order to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we must completely end fossil fuel use and production. But as we transition off of fossil fuels, it is critical that the workers and communities who have powered our nation for so long do not get abandoned. A just transition to a clean energy future requires self-determination and support for those transitioning out of the fossil fuel industry. It is also critical that the clean energy sector not repeat the mistakes of the past, and so a just transition involves equitable policy design to ensure that clean energy jobs are high-quality jobs that are accessible to all.

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Clara Summers

Climate and Energy Manager

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Key Facts

Apprenticeship programs coupled with targeted hiring policies can ensure that the clean energy workforce of the future includes women, people of color, people with disabilities, returning citizens, and other underrepresented groups.

It is important to work closely with tribes when developing just transition policies, as many tribal lands are home to retiring coal mines or plants.

No community is the same. Policy development for a just transition requires an in-depth understanding of each impacted locale, often through a stakeholder process.

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Just and Equitable Transition Coalition

Tools to help plan for and fund a just & equitable transition from fossil fuel power plants and mining

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State-Based Policy Toolkit: Policies to Build a Cleaner, Safer, More Equitable Economy

Policy Toolkit from the Blue Green Alliance

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Rural Development Hubs

Report from the Aspen Institute

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