Van Jones on the Green Recovery - Building Priorities Briefing
In this month's briefing: Denis Du Bois grabs his ever-ready shovel -- and microphone -- and digs into the subject of the green recovery. Interview with Van Jones, the founder and president of Green for All, recipient of several awards for leadership in human rights, and author of the book "The Green Collar Economy." (podcast)
January 30, 2009
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Theme music by Alexander Blu
Energy Minute music by Chris Keister
Program notesGreen jobs are all the buzz right now. They're seen by some as the way out of the recession.
What's the connection between a green recovery and intelligent buildings? While no one's breaking ground on new commercial facilities right now, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act could create sizeable incentives for energy efficiency retrofits and on-site renewable energy. Carbon legislation would magnify the motivation to use less fossil-fuel energy.
Whether it's fine-tuning chiller plants in the basement, or installing rooftop arrays, someone has to get their hands dirty. And therein lies a green collar job.
For the details the Briefing interviewed Van Jones, who we heard as a Master Speaker at the most recent Greenbuild conference. Mr. Jones is the founder and president of Green for All, a non-profit that promotes green-collar jobs and opportunities for the disadvantaged. He's also behind a national coalition that's promoting a "Clean Energy Corps". He's the recipient of several awards for leadership in human rights, and author of the book "The Green Collar Economy."
(Van Jones interview)