• Labor, Environment & Industry Groups Host “What’s Brewin’ Offshore?”

          

                                         

    For Immediate Release
    September 15, 2021

    Contact: Mariah Dignan, Long Island Organizer
    Climate Jobs NY Education Fund
    mdignan@climatejobsny.org or 646-708-5474

    Labor, Environment & Industry Groups Host “What’s Brewin’ Offshore?”

    Long Beach, N.Y. - Climate Jobs NY Education Fund, New York League of Conservation Voters
    Education Fund, Long Island Association, Long Island Federation of Labor, Citizens Campaign
    for the Environment and Equinor hosted a happy hour on September 13 about offshore wind.
    Over 70 people joined the event, "What's Brewin' Offshore?," including Nassau County
    Executive Laura Curran.


    The happy hour was organized to help Long Islanders learn about permitted and proposed
    offshore wind projects including the Sunrise Wind, Empire Wind, South Fork Wind, and Beacon
    Wind projects. Attendees also learned about green, union job opportunities and how to get
    involved.

    “Nassau County is a trailblazer in climate change and with two historic wind farms being built
    off the coast of Long Island we will be leading the way in developing the largest source of
    offshore wind power in the Country, '' said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “Nassau
    stands ready to play our part in developing the wind power infrastructure while maximizing the
    economic potential of this new industry for our local businesses and our workforce. Thank you
    to Climate Jobs NY Education Fund, NYLCVEF, LIA, LI Federation of Labor, and Citizens
    Campaign for the Environment for hosting this event to get people interested in the economic
    growth and good paying union jobs that this clean industry can deliver to our Island.”

    Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, said,
    "There is huge opportunity on Long Island to build the offshore wind energy sector, fight climate
    change, and create good-paying, green, union jobs. We’re excited to co-host this Happy Hour to
    share information with the local community, so they can get involved and become advocates for
    renewable energy. Thanks to Climate Jobs NY Education Fund, the Long Island Association,
    Equinor, the LI Federation of Labor and Citizen Campaign for the Environment for their
    partnership.”

    Mariah Dignan, Long Island Organizer for Climate Jobs NY Education Fund said, “We
    showed that Long Island can be at the center of the clean energy economy. We have a once in a
    generation opportunity to create family-sustaining union jobs and a local supply chain in the
    burgeoning offshore wind industry. Let’s ride the crest of the green energy wave together.”

    “As we are making generational investments in our green energy infrastructure, the rapid
    development of clean energy such as offshore wind will play an essential role in fighting climate
    change and powering New York’s economic recovery”, said Roger Clayman, Executive Director
    of the Long Island Federation of Labor. “It is vital that we create good union jobs for Long
    Islanders while addressing the climate crisis. We must act swiftly to realize a more resilient New
    York.”

    “The outreach events organized by a collaboration of business, labor and environmental
    organizations are critical to getting the word out about union jobs and supply chain opportunities
    that will result from exciting wind projects off our coast that will make Long Island the offshore
    wind capital of the country.” said Matt Cohen, President & CEO of the Long Island
    Association.

    “We are thrilled to be toasting to offshore wind and a new chapter in fighting climate change!
    Change is literally right off the horizon. Community groups, business groups, and labor groups
    celebrate the progress we have made in advancing offshore wind and encourage members of the
    public to voice their support on the upcoming offshore wind projects,” stated Adrienne Esposito,
    Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

    “New York is clearly going to be a global leader in the offshore wind industry and last night’s
    event was a perfect reminder just how important Long Island will be to achieving the state’s
    goals. We look forward to engaging Long Island on our community-based development model
    that respects the environment and works in deep partnership with communities, stakeholders, and
    labor unions to create jobs and invest in communities,” said Ana Fisyak, Community
    Engagement Manager, Empire Wind US, Equinor.

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