Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change (ACW)
About this collection
The documents and materials archived at this website are the result of research done under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Carla Lipsig-Mummé, Professor of Work and Labour Studies at York University between 2008 to 2022. This research was pioneering in its foresight about the problem of global heating and the potential role of workers to contribute to a cleaner economy, as documented in 2010 in The State of Canadian Research On Work, Employment, and Climate Change. This report used a sectoral lens to assess the state of our knowledge, and to identify the gaps which subsequent researchers have addressed in the documents archived here. They are now made freely available in the hopes that future researchers and interested academics, students, and citizens, will be able to build forward from our work.
This research was unique in other ways, as recognized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in 2018 when it awarded the SSHRC Impact Partnership Award to Professor Lipsig- Mummé for her accomplishment in building a unique, “community-university network partnership” which grew from five partners and eight researchers initially to 52 partners in seven countries. One of the rarest features of this collaborative approach was that it brought together researchers in academia with those in civil society organizations – especially labour unions.
For many years, academics, environmental activists, and union leaders convened annually in informal, face-to-face meetings and discussions. In 2013, the Work in a Warming World (W3) project hosted a 3-day International Conference: Labour, Climate Change, and Social Struggle, which included 90 presentations from researchers from around the world, although some from Asia and Africa were denied entry visas – evidencing the hostile political climate for our work during that period.
One of the goals throughout the research was to produce practical tools for education and action – for example, through the Green Collective Agreements database, which was featured by the International Labour Organization in its 2018 publication, Greening With Jobs: World Employment and Social Outlook 2018, and by the W3/ACW Environmental Racism project, which produced, for example, the Environmental Racism Companion Guide to support the many labour-focused workshops it conducted. The Just Transition and Beyond Roundtable Summary Report documents the 2018 gathering of Canadian unionists that was part of a broader series of reports undertaken by the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces research grant in cooperation with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
This archive preserves the research outputs of the following research grants, all of which wove together and in some cases overlapped: “What do we know? The implications of global climate change for Canadian employment and work” (2008-09); “Canada’s Work World and the Challenge of Climate Change. Engaging the community” (2011-12); “Work in a Warming World-W3” (2010-17); and “Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces” (2014-22).
Funding for these grants was provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), along with Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Research Outputs and Resources
- Research outputs from our grants:
- Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change (ACW), 2014-2021
- Work in a Warming World (W3), 2010-2017, and earlier projects
- Archival copy of the website workandclimatechangereport.org
- Reading guides and bibliographies
- Reference materials and resources hosted in the York University Digital Library
Labour union documents
This includes collective agreement language, training materials, and advocacy documents.
- Environmental Racism documents
- National Roundtable for the Environment and the Economy documents hosted in the York University Digital Library
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ACW was a SSHRC-funded grant from 2014 to 2021.
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(Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Climate Change, 2021)A CSV export of the ACW Digital Library Zotero collection on September 17th 2021.
After Paris Conference Toronto 2015 - State of Federal and Provincial Climate Policy: Prospects for Paris and Beyond (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Climate Change, 2015)Presentation by Bruce Campbell, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, to the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces, and Work in a Warming World International Panel: After Paris: Politics, Climate Change and Labour. ...
(Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Climate Change, 2018)The role of trade unions in the transition to low carbon construction: examples from Denmark, Germany, Italy and UK/Scotland. This report presents findings from an investigation into the role of trade unions in the transition ...
(Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Climate Change, 2021-09-21)
(Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Climate Change, 2021-12-01)
Evaluating government plans and actions to reduce GHG emissions in Canada:Federal progress to June 2016 (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Climate Change, 2016-07)The first in a series of three preliminary working papers about Canadian climate change policy. Provides detailed summaries of federal policy statements.