A Just Transition for the Building Sector: The Architecture Lobby’s Retroactive Roadmap

Valérie Lechêne

Science For THe People

September 1, 2020


“The Green New Deal (GND) is the American government’s most compendious response to the existential threat of the climate crisis. At its core is the idea of a just transition. This term first emerged in labor movements in the 1970s as a response to the politicized dichotomy of  “jobs versus environment” and “hippies-versus-hardhats” and outlines the process of deep decarbonization strategized with and for those most impacted by climate change.1 While it is a powerful framework, its federal implementation through a GND is yet to be construed, planned, or enacted.”