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Green Collar Economy:
One Solution for Two Problems

March 24, 2010

By Henry DeVries


Van Jones, New York Times best-selling author, will speak on “The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems” at 7 pm Tuesday, May 11 in the University of California San Diego Price Center Ballroom West. The event is free and open to the public with no tickets or reservations required.

Dubbed by some as the father of the green jobs movement, Jones wrote the national bestseller “The Green Collar Economy,” which provides a definitive blueprint for re-tooling American industry to create pathways out of poverty and generate national economic recovery.
“Van Jones is quite simply one of the few Americans in recent years to have generated powerful new ideas that are creating more jobs,” says Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, which awarded Jones the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 2010 President’s Award.
Jones presents the greening of America as both a moral imperative and a nuts and bolts economics issue.  An American environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney, he formerly served as special advisor for green jobs for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and is currently a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and senior policy advisor at Green For All.

Jones lecture comes at a time when proposed U.S. legislation on energy efficiency could create more than 500,000 jobs within two years, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Demand is growing for employees who have skills in the clean technology arenas including energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable energy and clean transportation. From hands-on jobs such as installing solar panels and maintaining electric vehicles to computer programming and researching fuel cell technologies, California's job landscape is poised to grow a low-carbon, clean energy economy.
The lecture is presented by the Helen Edison Lecture Series in partnership with The San Diego Foundation, the Urban Land Institute, UC San Diego’s Thurgood Marshall College and the College Democrats at UC San Diego.
“Our organizations are committed to inspiring a sustainable San Diego and see that green job development has a triple bottom line: it makes economic sense, it’s great for the environment and provides opportunities for all levels of the workforce,” said Edie Munk, director of the Helen Edison Lecture Series.

“We want to assure that all San Diegans are informed on the benefits of developing a green job market now so that we can fully take advantage of the wave of opportunities that are making their way to California” added Munk. “Green jobs require careful consideration for how we educate our workforce, build equity in job opportunities and land use planning and how we position our economy to meet our green future. Van Jones embodies this movement and we thought it important to communicate his work to the current and future decision makers of our region.”  

In accordance with a major gift from a late philanthropist, the Helen Edison Lecture Series presents ongoing free public lectures on issues that advance humanitarian purposes and objectives. Attended annually by thousands, speakers include former Vice President Al Gore,  Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, double Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, Nobel Prize in Literature winner Toni Morrison and Hispanic dramatist Luis Valdez, just to name a few.

Lecture guests should enter campus at Gilman Drive. Parking is $4 after 4:30 pm in the Gilman Parking Structure. For additional information contact UC San Diego Extension’s Helen Edison Lecture Series at (858) 822-0510, email emunk@ucsd.edu or visit http://helenedison.ucsd.edu.


Media Contact: Henry DeVries 858-534-9955  or 619-540-3031 hdevries@ucsd.edu

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