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Trio of Labor Leaders Appointed to NYC Board Hoping to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

December 19, 2019

By Stephanie West

IUOE Local 94 Training Director Howard Styles.


NEW YORK, NY— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson have  announced  the appointment of IUOE Local 94 Training Director Howard Styles and IBEW Local 3 Tresurer Michael Yee and SEIU 32BJ Political Director Candis Tolliver to the NYC Climate Advisory Board. In addition. Twelve other prominent New Yorkers will also serve on the board.

“With New York City’s Green New Deal, we are leading in the fight against global warming. These appointees to the Climate Advisory Board will ensure we are realizing our goal of reducing building emissions and making New York City carbon neutral by 2050” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Local Law 97 is one of the most ambitious plans for reducing emissions in New York City, enacting the Climate Advisory Board to provide advice and recommendations in order to optimize implementation and realize reductions in emissions from buildings. Local Law 97 was included in the Climate Mobilization Act (CMA), passed by the City Council in April 2019, and part of the Mayor’s New York City Green New Deal. Buildings currently account for approximately two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions in NYC.

“Progressive cities like ours must lead the way on climate change, and that’s exactly what this Council did with Local Law 97. The Council is proud of its appointees to the Climate Advisory Board and looks forward to working with them and with the administration’s appointees to continue the fight against climate change” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

 As the Training Director for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 94, Howard implements and oversees all instructional programs for the union. He is currently on BOMA’s preparedness and sustainability committees, a member of ASHRAE, the USGBC and the ICC. He also serves on Murphy Institute’s (CUNY) Labor Advisory Committee as well as the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

Michael Yee is the Associate Director for the Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry’s Education and Cultural Trust Fund. He is President of JIB Catering and a member of the JIB Green Committee. Yee is the Treasurer for Local Union No. 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Candis Tolliver is the Political Director for Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, focused on developing and overseeing the union’s multi-state political programs. She has previously worked as the Assistant Advocacy Director for Organizing for the New York Civil Liberties Union and as the Public Affairs Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Nassau County

December 19, 2019

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