Luis Aguirre-Torres on the Urgency of Climate Justice

The former Director of Sustainability for the City of Ithaca, Luis Aguirre-Torres, discusses his work with the Green New Deal, the roadmap to achieving climate policy change that is equitable, and the centrality of transforming our economic models through expansion. Listen to the episode here. (original air date: January 13, 2023)

Read more on Luis Aguirre-Torres and Ithaca’s Green New Deal:

To fight climate change, Ithaca votes to decarbonize its buildings by 2030,” NPR, November 2021.

Ithaca, New York becomes first U.S. city to begin 100% decarbonization of buildings, an urban climate change milestone,” CNBC, November 2021.

Focusing on jobs and equity, Ithaca, New York aims to decarbonize every building,” Council of State Governments, March 2022.

Local Organizations Host Rally Demanding Implementation of The Green New Deal,” Ithaca Times, June 2022.

Ithaca Decarbonization Efforts Progress While Climate Equity Plans Stall,” Cornell Daily Sun, December 2022.

Wall Street’s Big Bet on Rewiring America: Ithaca has put its Green New Deal in the hands of a green private equity fund, a private foundation, and a Goldman Sachs–backed software company,” The American Prospect, January 2023.


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