As sustainability and the need for climate action continue to dominate global conversations, many cities are rising to the challenge to support this international agenda.
C40 is a network of mayors of nearly 100 world-leading cities collaborating to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis. in Houston and Miami we’ve been proud to support this vital network by undertaking a Workforce Equity Assessment, helping to create a future where everyone, everywhere can thrive.
Part of the Climate Action Program, the Rapid Response Jobs and Jobs Distribution Project. project is intended to support mayors in making the case to direct forthcoming post-COVID-19 economic stimulus funding to bold, transformative climate actions by showing how investments in climate action and commitments to climate action policy have the potential to create good quality jobs and lead to workforce equity when these investments are accompanied by intentional supportive policies.
Importantly, not all jobs that advance climate action are necessarily good quality or accessible to everyone. A “green” and “just” recovery will be achieved by identifying and directly addressing socio-economic disparities in both the labor market at large, and specifically in industries that are likely to grow as a result of increased investment in climate action. This Workforce Equity Assessment is a critical first step in that process.
The Assessment evaluates the employment landscapes in Houston and Miami to understand the demographic makeup of its workers in key industries, where existing inequities exist, where good quality jobs exist, and how inequities are exacerbated by economic shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic. The Assessment also considers worker demographics of the industries that will be impacted by Houston and Miami’s climate actions relating to mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. The analysis identifies the prevalence of good quality jobs in each industry group, socio-economic inequities within the industry groups and, more specifically, within high quality jobs, and highlights the need for supportive workforce policies.
The report concludes with high-level strategies for ensuring that investments in climate action will not only support the goal of combating climate change, but also translate to good quality jobs, particularly for those that need them.
- Sustainability advisory
- Economic assessment