Green For All and Other Leading Environmental Groups to Honor Congressional Black Caucus for Dedication to Building America’s Clean-Energy Economy

Event hosted by “Meet the Browns” star Lamman Rucker

WASHINGTON DC — On Wednesday September 15th, several leading national environmental organizations will honor the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for its dedication to building America's clean-energy economy. Meet the Browns’s Lamman Rucker will emcee the luncheon event, titled "New Energy in the Congressional Black Caucus." "The Congressional Black Caucus was instrumental in a number of advances in the effort to bring good, green jobs to America this year," says Pheadra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All, one of the groups hosting the event. "As we look forward to keeping the EPA strong, passing a Renewable Energy Standard, and including green jobs in the Transportation Bill, we know the Caucus will rise to the occasion again in 2011." The luncheon will highlight the Congressional Black Caucus's role in crafting the Green Construction Careers Demonstration Project. This provision of the House climate bill would have required certain construction projects to hire local workers, allowed for the creation of community workforce agreements, and created training opportunities to help everyday people achieve the American Dream. "We must go green. And we must be inclusive and create jobs for those most in need," says Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA). "New Energy in the Congressional Black Caucus" will honor six individual U.S. Representatives for their extraordinary leadership on these issues: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL). Event sponsors include: Green For All, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, League of Conservation Voters, and American Rivers. The event is open to the public and media. WHEN: Wednesday September 15th, Noon to 2pm WHERE: Capitol Building HC-5 (House entrance) RSVP: Ricki@gfa.fchq.ca

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