In the spring of 2019, an unlikely coalition of labor unions, renters, environmentalists, civil rights organizations and students won one of the nation’s most sweeping laws to address climate change, the Community and Climate Protection Act. The hardest part was designing – and fighting to keep – equity provisions that ensured that this climate change bill would also tackle inequality and environmental injustice. We’ll discuss why the bill succeeded and what lessons we can learn for coalition-building for a national Green New Deal, particularly between labor and environmentalists.

This seminar is part of IOP Pritzker Fellow Heather McGhee’s series, “Progressives on the Front Lines: Moving Big Ideas into the Mainstream & into Law.”

  • This seminar is open to students only and off the record.
  • Registration is required. However, seating is limited on a first come, first serve basis; capacity in the IOP Living Room is 45.
  • Doors will open 30 minutes before the event begins. Any unclaimed seats will be released 10 minutes before the event begins. Please arrive early to claim your seat. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket order on Eventbrite so others may register.
  • This venue is physically accessible and has gender-neutral restrooms. Please contact the Institute of Politics at or 773-834-4671 with any questions or accommodation requests.