september, 2023

19sep9:30 am1:30 pmMaking It Real: Successfully Implementing New York’s Climate Act through Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development

Event Details

Climate Week NYC

In 2019, New York passed its landmark climate law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act)—still one of the strongest climate laws in the nation. Where are we now and what is needed to achieve the CLCPA’s carbon reduction targets and achieve equitable economic benefits?

This event will include policy makers, entrepreneurs, and workforce experts with boots on the ground to detail shifts the state is making towards a clean energy future, where are the opportunities and where we need to scale up.

Successful implementation will require a combination of policy leadership and thoughtful investment in entrepreneurs, local innovators and the developing workforce. Although New York already ranks third in the nation for clean energy jobs, the Empire State has only scratched the surface when it comes to its potential in the clean energy economy, and sharing the benefits with all New Yorkers.

For the state to meet this moment—possibly the largest economic opportunity since the industrial revolution—we must come together.


9:30 am – Program Begins

Welcome, Introduction & Keynote

Solutions Showcase – Clean Energy Accelerators & Entrepreneurs

Hear from New York-based, early-stage clean tech entrepreneurs about how they started their business and what they are working on to fight the climate crisis.

Panel Discussion – Career Pathways & Workforce Development

Research shows New York is poised to add 200,000+ clean economy jobs because of the state’s climate action work. On this panel we’ll discuss jobs currently in the clean energy workforce as well as jobs on the horizon and how to access these clean economy careers.

  • Charles Callaway – Director of Workforce Development, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
  • Carter Strickland – Chief Sustainability Officer & Executive Director of Climate Action, SUNY
  • Vincent Albanese – Director of Policy & Public Affairs, LiUNA
  • Moderated by: Uchenna Bright – Northeast Advocate, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs)

Networking & Light Lunch Served

Hosted by: Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Association for Energy Affordability, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), Natural Resources Defense Council and New Yorkers for Clean Power

This is a hybrid event! Registration for attending virtually, can be found here.


(Tuesday) 9:30 am - 1:30 pm


The Center for Fiction

15 Lafayette Avenue


New Yorkers for Clean