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 What Do We Know? What Do We Need To Know? The state of research on work, employment and climate change in Canada. 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 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” (2014-21).

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 from our grants

  1. Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change (ACW), 2014-2021
    Working papers, presentations and videos by ACW researchers, including on the topics of Environmental Racism and Just Transition. Also includes archival copies of the website adaptingcanadianwork.ca.
  2. Databases
    Archived versions as of December 31st 2021. These include a bibliographic database of over 4000 records; approximately 200 green collective agreement clauses; green initiatives by unions in the EU and US; and a listing of union green training and education materials.
  3. Work in a Warming World (W3), 2010-2017, and earlier projects
    Working papers, presentations and videos by W3 researchers. Also Includes archival copies of the website workinawarmingworld.yorku.ca.
  4. Work And Climate Change Report, 2011-2021
    Archival copies of the blog hosted at workandclimatechangereport.org, along with a searchable PDF copy of all posts.

A Digital Library re Climate Change and Workers

Approximately 200 documents have been archived in the York University Digital Library . These were not published by ACW or W3, but by labour unions and environmental advocacy groups in Canada, as well as some government agencies.

To our knowledge, this is the most complete collection of Canadian labour union documents related to climate change to date, and the only complete collection of the publications of Canada’s National Roundtable for the Environment and the Economy , disbanded by the Canadian government in 2013.

To prevent these documents from disappearing from the internet, ACW has assembled this collection, and has been granted permission to reproduce these documents for educational and personal research purposes. Copyright remains with the originators and is frequently stated in the documents.

It is important to understand that these documents were assembled by ACW but are housed in the York University Digital Library and must be searched from there.


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  • CUPW Environmental Projects 

    Allen, Sarah (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2022-04-30)
  • Canadian Labour Unions and Climate Change: Selected Documents Published by Canadian Unions 

    Perry, Elizabeth (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2022-05)
    Documents created & published by Canadian labour unions on the topic of climate change and labour.
  • Promoting Climate Literacy in the Skilled Construction Trades: An Innovative Project of the Canadian Building Trades’ Union 

    Calvert, John; Clarke, Linda; Loftus, Lee (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2022-04-30)
    Presentation Overview: Advancing Climate Literacy in Building Trades’ Training Object of the project: promoting climate literacy in the trades’ training system How the project was established The project team: ...
  • Just Green Transitions and Global Labour Organisations 

    Clarke, Linda; Sahin-Dikmen, Melahat (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2021-01)
    Case Study 1: Social partnership and the transition to a bioeconomy: sugar beet production in Denmark Case Study 2: Sustainable forestry in Sweden The report begins with an outline of the research strategy and methods ...
  • European Green Deal > Fit for 55 Package > social dimension 

    Galgóczi, Bela (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2022-04-30)
    The IPCC AR6 report (WG1) made it clear that we are on the verge of the abyss and the 1.5C warming scenario is slipping away; COP26 only demonstrated this What is clear: A fundamental revision of our energy and resource ...
  • The role of governments in addressing climate change: Lessons from the ACW project 

    Mertins-Kirkwood, Hadrian (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2022-04-30)
    Summarizes the CCPA/ACW joint work over the past few years; makes recommendations about the future. 1. Lead by example 2. Regulate a zero emission economy 3. Spend what it takes to win 4. Leave no one behind
  • Archiving ACW: Preserving the work of ACW and related grants 

    Perry, Elizabeth (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2022-04-30)
    Presented at the ACW Team Meeting April 30 2022. Introduces the ACW collection on the YorkSpace platform and the ACW Digital Library in the York University Digital Library
  • Just Transition: What's Exactly in it for Workers 

    Shallhorn, Steve; Ciccarelli, Rick; Lior, Karen (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW); Labour Education Centre, 2022-03)
    The compelling story of coal-fired electricity plant closures in Australia as recountedat an International Confederation of Trade Unions workshop on Just Transition inOctober 2017 was the initial inspiration for the Labour ...
  • Youth, Climate Change and Jobs Youth Institute: Curriculum Kit and Organizer’s Manual 

    Hall, Stefanie (Work in a Warming World (W3), 2012-02)
    Youth, Climate Change and Jobs Institute was created for high school students to engage young Canadians in the issues surrounding climate change and work, and to invite them to participate in imagining then creating solutions ...
  • Green Initiatives database 

    Clarke, Linda; Stevis, Dimitris; Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW) (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2014)
    The Green Initiatives Database covers campaigns, projects, networks, research and training activities in which unions are or have been involved, proactively or reactively, directly or indirectly (but significantly), alone ...
  • ACW Baseline Report: Built Environment 

    Calvert, John (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2015)
    This paper was presented at the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW) International Workshop in Toronto, Canada, November 2015. The goals of the paper are: 1. To establish the current state of knowledge about the ...
  • After Paris Conference Toronto 2015 - video 5 - Going Green at Work 

    Pearce, Sarah (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2015)
    Presentation by Sarah Pearce, UNISON – The Public Service Union (former TUC “GreenWorkplaces” Project Leader), to the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces, and Work in a Warming World. International Panel: After Paris: ...
  • After Paris Conference Toronto 2015 - video 4 - Characteristics of green jobs related to renewable energy deployment 

    Mabee, Warren (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2015)
    Presentation by Warren Mabee, Queens University, to the Adapting Canadians Work and Workplaces. International Panel: After Paris: Politics, Climate Change and Labour. Toronto, 2015.
  • ACW Baseline Report: Energy 

    Wood, Trista; Mabee, Warren (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2015)
    Presented at the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW) International Workshop in Toronto, Canada, November 2015. A review of all energy-related emissions is provided in this report, along with projections of future ...
  • ACW Baseline Sub-Report: Policies and Practices to Promote Work Enhancing Pathways in the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy 

    Steward, Fred (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2015)
    Presented at the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW) International Workshop in Toronto, Canada, November 2015. This review gives an overview of the European policy context with regard to climate change. An analysis ...
  • After Paris Conference Toronto 2015 - video 2 - Green Unions At Work 

    Laxer, Gordon (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW), 2015)
    Presentation by Gordon Laxer, founding Director of Parkland Institute, to the Adapting Canadians Work and Workplaces. International Panel: After Paris: Politics, Climate Change and Labour. Toronto, 2015.
  • Just Transition and Beyond Just Transition: Canada in Action - Roundtable Summary Report 

    Flynn, Christopher (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW)Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2018-08-27)
    The Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change project (ACW) brought together 38 representatives from Canadian labour unions, environmental advocacy groups, academics, and progressive policy groups ...
  • Roadmap to a Canadian Just Transition Act: A path to a clean and inclusive economy 

    Mertins-Kirkwood, Hadrian; Duncalfe, Clay (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW)Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2021-04)
    The Roadmap provides an overview of the international research and best practices, and provides a framework and principles for Just Transition. It proposes specific components of model legislation, with an Appendix explaining ...
  • Women and Climate Change Impacts and Action in Canada: Feminist, Indigenous and Intersectional Perspectives 

    Williams, Lewis; Fletcher, Amber; Hanson, Cindy; Neapole, Jackie; Pollack, Marion (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW)Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of WomenAlliance for Intergenerational Resilience, 2018-02)
    The report was produced through a collaboration of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and the Alliance for Intergenerational Resilience, with funding from Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to ...
  • Making Decarbonization Work for Workers: Policies for a just transition to a zero-carbon economy 

    Mertins-Kirkwood, Hadrian (Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW)Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2018)
    In light of the federal government’s pledge to launch a Task Force on Just Transition in 2018, this report makes a unique contribution by using census data to identify the regions in each province with the greatest reliance ...

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