Van Jones chosen as Obama’s Green Jobs Advisor


“>Van Jones, who has made a name for himself as a leading advocate for a green economy as a solution to both environmental and social justice issues, was named on Tuesday as President Obama’s choice to become Special Adviser for Green Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Jones is the founder of Green For All and author of the best-selling The Green Collar Economy. He was profiled by Thomas Friedman for Hot, Flat, & Crowded, and partnered with Al Gore in 2008 on a project called “Green For All Academy,” which trains people to “effectively advocate for a green economy.”

“My job will be to help shape the administration’s energy and climate policy, so the climate solutions produce jobs and justice for all Americans,” Jones wrote while dispelling rumors he would be a “Green Jobs Czar” handing out stimulus cash. Jones appeared at Minnesota’s state capitol on March 5 for Youth Lobby Day, where he spoke to over 200 “young scholars” advocating for the Minnesota Clean Cars Bill. (Video by Will Steger Foundation – Jones appears at 1:50)