This week, Van Jones reemerged in the public eye with a prestigious award and new plans to bring a green-collar economy to fruition in the United States.
Van will take on new positions with the Center For American Progress and Princeton University. He also will receive the NAACP’s President's Award at their 41st Annual Image Awards this Friday.
Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, explained on CNN.com yesterday why Van is a fitting choice for the award.
“Van Jones is an American treasure.
He is quite simply one of the few Americans in recent years to have generated powerful new ideas that are creating more jobs here….
Through Green For All, and others organizations, Van Jones continues to work for an American economy that can thrive again — a nation whose prosperity reaches beyond Wall Street to Main Street and back streets. A country where jobs in installation, manufacturing and construction flourish again — to upgrade our homes to conserve energy, create solar panels, build electric cars, and manufacture wind turbines and smart batteries.”
Jealous adds that Van “has been one of America's most effective and inspiring bridge-builders.”
At Green For All, we know this to be true. It was Van’s vision of a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty, and the diverse and inclusive coalition needed to bring about that economy, that gave birth to this organization. We are thrilled to see him publicly return to the struggle for an America that allows people and the planet to thrive.
Van Jones will lead the Center For American Progress’s Green Opportunity Initiative, which will promote investment and jobs in clean energy. He also has a one-year appointment as a distinguished visiting fellow at Princeton University's Center for African American Studies and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Through these efforts, Van will continue to build a clean-energy economy that creates wealth and opportunity for all Americans.
Congratulations Van. And welcome back.