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Green New Deal: A Fellow's Perspective

The Green New Deal has some good ideas and presents some opportunities, its wides cope compromises the resolution.

By including a highly partisan issue, labor rights, the resolution loses the chance of appealing to both sides of the aisle on topics such as energy transition and infrastructure. However the resolution’s inclusion of sustainable buildings mean that there is a recognition of how necessary such infrastructure is but to capture interest, it needs to be framed in a certain way. In that sense, such parts of the resolution need to be leveraged in a way that distances them from the controversial parts relating to labor, and emphasizes how compatible it is with free-market ideals.


Written by Lara Calkavik, Fellow, Green Building Worldwide


Green New Deal is a set of economic stimulus programs that tackle climate change and income inequality. While Green New Deal includes very partisan issues, its inclusion of more moderate issues like sustainable infrastructure presents an important opportunity that can be leveraged with the use of right language.

Green New Deal is a set of economic stimulus programs that address climate change and economic inequality. Green New Deal’s chief aims are to significantly reduce the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions, its dependency on fossil fuels and addressing issues of inequality through employment. Green New Deal as an idea was first introduced by Thomas Loren Friedman in an article for New York Times as a way of increasing jobs in green sectors. The idea of expanding green sectors as a tool for economic development and job creation was also supported by the United Nations Environment Program as it was written into their reports. The idea of a Green New Deal didn’t attract much attention in the United States until November 2018, when newly elected Congressmen expressed their support for policies a Green New Deal would bring. Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has championed the most recent version.


What we are essentially speaking of is Pro-Union and Pro-Labor Measures

We should also note that Green New Deal includes a lot of pro-union and pro-labor measures, that we will talk about in the next section, which could b controversial for developers and investors. In that sense, in any communication relating to the Green New Deal we should be careful about how we relate to such parts. In a way we should see the Green New Deal as a demonstration of widespread interest and an understanding of the necessity of sustainable buildings, as these components are the least controversial parts of the resolution. #greennewdeal #greenbuildingww #AOC


While Green New Deal has garnered significant support from Democrats and Progressives, it has also been widely criticized. Many Republicans have criticized it by calling it extreme and economically unfeasible. The way Green New Deal addresses issues of inequality can be cast as very partisan in that it relies on federal government expansion which Republicans are absolutely against. Meanwhile, many Democrats have expressed their support and have called the resolution “a necessity,” to address climate change. Although it can be said that Green New Deal has great intentions, the way it was written to include highly politicized issues make the deal very controversial and this creates a challenge when it comes to addressing more moderate issues.

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