Clean | Green | Sustainable

Obama’s Pick a Big Boost for Green Jobs

Posted by Matthew Koehler on March 11, 2009

Well, let’s start the first post on Clean | Green | Sustainable with some positive news.

Yesterday, the White House Council on Environmental Quality announced that green jobs guru Van Jones will serve as Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at CEQ.  This is fantastic news and, in my opinion, by far President Obama’s greenest pick! Let’s hope this is the start of a promising trend!

According to the White House’s press release:

“Van Jones has been a strong voice for green jobs and we look forward to having him work with departments and agencies to advance the President’s agenda of creating 21st century jobs that improve energy efficiency and utilize renewable resources.  Jones will also help to shape and advance the Administration’s energy and climate initiatives with a specific interest in improvements and opportunities for vulnerable communities,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

I first learned about Van Jones’ work last fall when I saw he was one of the main presenters at the Bioneers Conference.  Jones is the founder of a amazing organization called Green For All,  a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

According to their website, “By advocating for local, state and federal commitment to job creation, job training, and entrepreneurial opportunities in the emerging green economy – especially for people from disadvantaged communities – Green For All fights both poverty and pollution at the same time.”

Talk about the “Win-Win” solution, eh?

Jones is also the author of a 2008 New York Times best-seller titled  The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.

You can read Mr. Jones’ take on his new job with the Obama Administration at the Green For All blog.

Congratulations Mr. Jones! Best of luck and here’s to many successes!

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7 Responses to “Obama’s Pick a Big Boost for Green Jobs”

  1. Crow said

    Welcome to the Blogosphere Matthew. Your voice will be a welcomed one.

    The Montana blogosphere…scratch that… the entire blogosphere is in woeful need of truly progressive voices advocating for a truly green and sustainable future. It’s high time we put the pedal down and start pressuring our policymakers from the local level on up to the President to start thinking about our future instead of their political ambitions. I for one am thrilled to see that you have carved out a place here to do just that.

    I expect you’ll take a lot of heat here and elsewhere, but those of us who are paying any attention whatsoever know that the vast majority of our Montana brethren have their heads in the sand.

    Great first post, keep up the good work.

  2. petetalbot said

    I, too, welcome you to the ‘sphere. I imagine I’ll be linking to this site on more than one occasion. I’m all in favor of promoting clean, green and sustainable.

  3. pj finn said

    Jones is an interesting man indeed. Kudos on the new blog.

  4. Van Jones…..my hero

  5. Matthew Koehler said

    Hello, for those interested, a good, new interview featuring Van Jones can be found here.

  6. Thanks again Matt…..ahhhhhhhhhhh Van….my HEro!!!! Now if we could just get the rest of the world to see the green light……

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