BlueGreen Alliance | California


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About the California BlueGreen Alliance

We are guided by the principle that we can no longer choose between good jobs and a clean environment—that the actions we take to create quality jobs and to protect working people and the environment must go hand-in-hand, and that together, we will build clean, thriving and fair economy.

Our efforts center on the immediate need to develop commonsense solutions that protect the environment and create and maintain quality, family-sustaining jobs across the economy.

State Table Partners:

  • Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (co-chair)
  • California Environmental Voters (co-chair)
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • California Labor Federation
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers
  • California State Pipe Trades Council
  • Communications Workers of America
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • National Resources Defense Council
  • Service Employees International Union
  • Sierra Club
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • United Auto Workers
  • United Steelworkers
For more information on our work, contact Tamina Chowdhury, Ph.D. at

Our Work

Climate and Jobs

The BlueGreen Alliance in California has worked to support the state’s landmark clean energy and climate change law by showing its positive impact on workers in the state—both economically and in terms of their health and safety.

Refinery Safety 

Four years ago, a chemical release and fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond threatened the lives of 19 workers and caused some 15,000 members of the surrounding community to seek medical attention. The incident exposed serious weaknesses in the state’s 24-year-old refinery safety regulations. It also created an opportunity for California to lead the nation in developing new approaches to regulating refineries that will benefit workers, neighboring communities, the state’s economy, and the industry itself.

Working with allies in labor, environmental, civic, and community organizations, the BlueGreen Alliance has focused on ensuring that proposed standards for refineries protect the workers and the communities around them.

Natural Gas Leaks 

In California, the BlueGreen Alliance worked with labor unions and environmental organizations to help enact SB 1371, which compels the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) to improve leak identification, repair, and avoidance, as well as better account for the climate change impact of natural gas leaks in the state’s natural gas distribution systems.

“Utility workers are proud of the broad public interest coalition of unions, environmental groups and consumer and community interests that have come together to support this measure [SB 1371]. Being proactive in repairing and upgrading these vital pipes will benefit the environment and public safety while creating and sustaining good jobs for workers throughout the state.”

– Robert Hoffman, President of Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 132.