Webinar: Bus Electrification: The Role Agencies Can Play in Workforce Equity
Transit agencies around the country have been exploring ways to transition to zero-emission bus fleets, and that exploration is poised to accelerate given President Biden’s aggressive goals on climate and clean energy policy. Fleet electrification raises a range of significant questions for transit agency workers, but an additional facet that is often less discussed is the important role that agencies play in the American workforce landscape through the procurement process. In this webinar, we’ll look at the interconnected issues of procurement, manufacturing, job creation, and job equity, and the opportunities for creating strong procurement policies as America builds back better in the years to come.
Christy Veeder, PhD, National Program Director, Jobs to Move America
Brianne Eby, Senior Policy Analyst, Eno Center for Transportation
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Christy Veeder, PhD, serves as the National Program Director at Jobs to Move America where she leads research on the ways in which public spending can maximize civic benefits. Dr. Veeder pursued her graduate work at Columbia University and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where her research focused on atmospheric science and climate modeling. Her interest in environmental issues combined with her commitment to meaningful policy solutions led to her becoming the 2016–2017 American Meteorological Society Congressional Policy Fellow, an opportunity that allowed her to work on environmental and energy policy, labor relations, and industrial manufacturing issues in the US Senate. Dr. Veeder’s work at JMA focuses on increasing support for policies and practices that can strengthen American infrastructure and increase access to high-road job opportunities while improving environmental quality and long-term climate health.