Word on the blogs the past two days (and confirmed today by the Green for All website) is that Van Jones, Founding President of Green for All and senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, has accepted the position of Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). A post on Change.org notes that the green jobs movement has already received a boost from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (otherwise known as the economic stimulus package), which “contains around $20 billion in clean energy funding and other “green” measures, and includes a $500 million line item for green jobs training.”
In a panel c0-chaired by our CEO & President Jane Wales at the Clinton Global Initiative this past fall, Van Jones spoke about the intersection of poverty and climate change – a core component of his work. He emphasized the economic opportunities for poor urban communities in the United States that will arise as we transform our urban centers into green cities – that millions of jobs can be created in adapting both our building and transport infrastructure.
It is this optimistic message of hope that has the most salience with the poor.
Watch Van Jones speak at CGI here, and watch the video below for a quick look at the green jobs movement taking hold everywhere from the South Bronx to Los Angeles.
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