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BGA helped to lead the effort to grow offshore wind (OSW) generation in the Golden State. BGA worked alongside coalition members to pass AB 525, which advanced a significant OSW deployment goal of 10GW, along with high road workforce goals in OSW manufacturing and construction.

Clean vehicles are in the fast lane in California. The California legislature passed AB 794 and SB 338, which added workforce standards for the first time to spending criteria for state clean vehicle subsidies. BGA led the coalition on AB 794.

In addition, BGA led a coalition of environmental, equity, and labor organizations to pass the first electric and greenhouse gas standard on the Transportation Network Company (TNC) sector (i.e. Uber and Lyft) at the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The Clean Miles Standard set ambitious electric miles targets for TNC companies and also built in practical steps to ensure that TNCs internalize the cost of electrification and do not foist the financial responsibility of transition onto low-income drivers.

BGA advocated for and helped pass a $600 million state fund for high-road economic development and regional workforce strategies in areas of California impacted by the transition away from fossil fuel production. BGA also secured a grant from the State of California to develop a unified vision between labor, environmental organizations, and environmental justice groups as the San Francisco Bay Area’s five oil refineries face various transitions. This project will analyze economic, community, and environmental impacts of transition, identify shared values across stakeholder groups, and develop a set of strategies to ensure that the transition to clean energy results in economic sustainability for the region, improved public health, environmental justice, and meaningful and rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.  Finally, with environmental justice and labor partners including service unions and building trades unions, BGA successfully advocated for the California state legislature to invest $100 million over the next three years into creating resilience hubs across the state. A report penned by the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, and BGA, Resilience Before Disaster, built significant momentum for this win, making the case for resilience hubs—community centers which provide access to social safety net services, backup power, clean water, cooling, and on-site energy storage—as essential equity tools for making sure low-income communities of color in California thrive in the face of climate emergencies and ongoing stressors.


Buy Clean Colorado became law in 2021. Colorado passed HB21-1303 that will establish maximum acceptable standards for potential global warming materials used in public projects and further requires submittal of EPDs and preference in selection of low-emissions products in the construction of both horizontal (ex: roads) and vertical (ex: buildings) capital infrastructure projects.

The state legislature also passed HB21-1189, which creates additional fence line monitoring requirements for large polluters and requires the publication of pollution information online. This directive is to be updated and/or expanded at least every five years.

With support from our labor and environmental allies and partners in Colorado, the Electric Utility Promote Building Decarbonization (SB21-246) bill passed and was signed into law. It will direct the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to establish energy savings targets and promote the use of energy-efficient electric equipment in place of less efficient fossil fuel-based systems. In addition, the bill appropriates funds to the State Department of Labor and Employment to promote compliance with current environmental and labor standards.

Finally, BGA supported HB21-1324, which provides utilities the opportunity to submit innovative, non-emitting power generation and storage technology to the PUC for consideration and rate recovery, as long as the technology is located in coal transition communities and creates local jobs and tax revenues.


A new BGA table was formed in Iowa in 2021. Their initial efforts are focused on making sure utility scale solar farm projects in the state have labor standards.

In an op-ed announcing the coalition, Katie Rock from the Iowa Sierra Club and Bill Gerhard of the Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council wrote, “A new alliance has formed in Iowa to tackle two of the most urgent issues of our time — the climate crisis and the need for quality, living wage jobs to sustain our communities. The Iowa Blue Green Alliance is bringing together labor and environmental organizations who reject the notion that we have to choose between good jobs and environmental protection and insist that we can and must do both.”


BGA helped facilitate several events focused on the BBBA and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) with the state’s congressional delegation

BGA worked with the Michigan Treasury and other key economic development officials along with partners to convene a thorough strategic planning process with local elected officials and industry and business leaders for the “downriver” (from Detroit) community. The process, facilitated by the University of Michigan, has resulted in a draft plan that we are now raising money to refine and implement. We are working together in the submission of a grant requested supported by all parties to the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

BGA convened over 60 stakeholders in coordination with the governor’s representatives to build relationships between a diverse set of environmental, labor, and other leaders, primarily to ensure the Governor’s Council on Climate Solutions included just transition throughout the various workgroups and in the overall final draft plan.

BGA worked with over twenty allies to launch a “heavy-duty” EV campaign and a broader “MI Clean Future” campaign for EVs, totaling $600 million for Clean Mobility investments, including preparing sites and workforce recruitment, retention, transition, and other tactics. Elements of this policy have been introduced and will be proposed by policymakers in 2022.

During the initial wave of the pandemic in Michigan, BGA worked successfully with water, environmental, and economic justice advocates to convince the governor to issue an EO which later became a bi-partisan bill to stop water shutoffs and encourage reconnections to ensure people had access to safe drinking water.


The Minnesota Legislature’s omnibus commerce, climate, and energy finance bill (HF 6) passed and signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz included important provisions to jumpstart Buy Clean/Buy Fair in the state. The provision included in the bill set up a tracking system for the state government to catalog the emissions of various products purchased with taxpayer dollars.

BGA worked with a coalition to support Gov. Walz’s successful efforts to adopt rules to improve the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks in the state by adopting clean car rules.

BGA worked with local stakeholders to produce a report on IIJA and BBBA, which highlighted items that could be good for state and local leaders to focus on in those bills.

Finally, BGA worked with labor to win policies to ensure that workers who had to work during the pandemic received the appropriate safety rules, safety enforcement, and compensation for their sacrifice to keep the economy going.  In 2021 this coalition influenced changes at the Minnesota Department of Labor, including allowing third parties to report violations even at non-union workplaces. The coalition advocated for the legislature to allocate federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money directly to frontline workers.


As the U.S. House of Representatives neared a vote on BBBA, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) joined the BlueGreen Alliance, Ohio AFL-CIO, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Policy Matters Ohio, and NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) for a virtual press briefing on the need to pass the bill.

Speakers discussed how provisions in the Build Back Better bill—including strong provisions to strengthen and rebuild domestic manufacturing and an updated EV consumer tax credit—coupled with the IIJA—will help ensure that the technologies of the future are built in America and that jobs in the clean economy are good jobs.

BGA also worked with Clean Fuels Ohio to support the state’s auto industry and push for comprehensive clean cars policies that will increase EV adoption, support in-state manufacturing, and build zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure with high road standards. In addition, BGA continued to help guide the table working on offshore wind in the Great Lakes.

BGA continued to build on our efforts over the past 18 months to lead the discussion and advocacy on utility-scale solar development in Ohio. On June 28, 2021, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 52, which places new restrictions on renewable energy development, focusing on solar and wind development, and includes changes to the Ohio Power Siting Board process. With the engagement of our coalition of labor, environmental organizations, and solar developers, we were able to negotiate an exemption of over 40 projects under development in the state.

Near the end of the year, BGA Ohio Regional Program Manager Lee Geisse took part in the Institute for Career Development’s yearly conference and held a workshop focused on how workers can tell their stories in ways that impact public policy debates.


After years of setbacks on climate policies that faced partisan gridlock, Oregon took a big step towards clean energy and passed the 100% Clean Energy Opportunities Act (HB 2021). This landmark legislation commits investor-owned utilities to 100% clean energy by 2050. Additionally, HB 2021 cemented bold labor standards. New labor provisions now require contractors to guarantee health and retirement benefits for workers; emphasizes using project labor agreements; aims for a 15% workforce equity goal for women, people of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities; and maintains an area wage standard tied to Oregon’s prevailing wage. HB 2021 also sets a community renewable grant making fund of $50 million.

Oregon’s frontline communities will now be able to beat the heat with heat pumps and cooling units that will advance the resilience and flexibility of vulnerable communities that experience extreme weather events. Qualifying Oregonians are eligible for grant and loan programs for installation and electric panel updates. This program is due to partnerships between mechanical trades and environmental justice and environmental groups.

The state legislature also passed HB21-1189, which creates additional fence line monitoring requirements for large polluters and requires the publication of pollution information online. This directive is to be updated and/or expanded at least every five years.

Oregon renewed its energy efficiency commitment that requires investor-owned utilities to set aside a percentage of investments into energy efficiency measures. The policy (SB 1149) saw updates that include investments in EV infrastructure, low-income weatherization projects, and renewable energy sources.

Finally, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission passed the historic Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) Rule that will now require manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to sell a certain percentage of electric vehicles starting in 2025. Additionally, under the new rule, by 2030, 30% of semi-trucks sold in-state are required to be zero-emission electric vehicles—increasing to 40% by 2035. The “Clean Trucks Rule” will also implement air quality safeguards to reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter.


Washington made critical progress by passing a first-in-the-nation bill that will prioritize Buy Clean and Buy Fair by funding the creation of a database to track building materials purchased for state-funded infrastructure projects and two large Buy Clean and Buy Fair pilot projects in the budget. The BlueGreen Alliance worked alongside multiple coalition partners to secure these two essential budget provisions. This is a necessary step toward leveraging state money to level the playing field for manufacturers that invest in pollution controls and meet high labor standards. These investments will also enable the state to better understand the embodied carbon impact of public buildings.

The Building Economic Strength Through Manufacturing (BEST) Act (SHB 1170) sets a goal of doubling the number of manufacturing jobs, the number of small manufacturing businesses, and the number of women and minority-owned manufacturing businesses in Washington over the next ten years. The bill also includes several measures to accelerate regional cluster development and workforce development.

Finally, when Washington updated its climate limits in line with the best available science during the 2020 session, BGA worked to ensure those limits also help maintain our manufacturing base, prevent leakage of pollution to jurisdictions outside Washington, and raise the bar and level the playing field by holding all manufacturers to the same high standards.


In 2021, BGA built up a table in Wisconsin made up of partners and allies. The table took part in tours of Building Trades training centers introducing the apprenticeship programs to environmental partners.

BGA put together several events focused on the BBBA and IIJA, including events with Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Gwen Moore (D-WI) and an event with labor, environmental, and local civic leaders highlighting efforts in the state to provide safe, clean drinking water to citizens.

The table also came together to support the introduction of a package of policies—first of its kind in Wisconsin—entitled “Forward on Climate.” This package includes funding for school energy efficiency, funding to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy measures for low-income households, on-bill financing for energy improvements for residential customers, and green jobs training grants.


BGA hired our first Northeast Regional Program Manager to expand our reach into the Northeastern states—New Jersey, New York and New England—with a particular focus on both advancing our work on transportation and developing a responsible OSW industry. By the end of the year, BGA exceeded its goal of establishing 200 relationships with labor and environmental leaders in the region, in addition to creating several policy wins for the region.

BGA submitted comments and live testimony to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to further the creation of a high-road offshore wind industry on the following projects: the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Scoping Period for Vineyard Wind and Sunrise Wind in Massachusetts, the Revolution Wind project in Rhode Island, the Atlantic Wind in New Jersey, the Empire 1 Project in New York and the new leasing area in the New York Bight, and the feasibility study for New York’s Great Lakes.

BGA was successful in winning lease stipulations for high-road labor standards including project labor agreement covering the construction stage of the project, requirements for developers to demonstrate their plans to procure materials from U.S. based manufacturers as well as incentivize them to use the domestic supply chain for leases in the New York Bight.

In 2021, BGA worked to ensure the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI)—a multi-state collaboration of 13 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia improving transportation, developing the clean energy economy, and reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector—includes workforce provisions and evaluates impacts of toxic exposure. BGA conducted four briefings with partners and allies, submitted a joint comment with New Jersey Work Environment Council, and conducted six calls to environmental agency leadership in TCI states throughout the Northeast. BGA also achieved inclusion of labor standards, domestic procurement, and equity priorities in regional policy recommendations.

Finally, BGA began to lay the groundwork to develop and advance Buy Clean/Buy Fair in New Jersey, New York, and New England in 2022 to 2023.