Last updated on: 9/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Van Jones, JD Biography

Title:
Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Founding President of Green For All
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“If we are smart, we will make the invention, manufacturing and deploying of clean energy technology a cornerstone of the next American economy – and create green pathways out of poverty, while we do it.

The realization that we can simultaneously restore the Earth and revive our economy has inspired millions.”

“Opportunities for Green Growth: Myths & Realities About Green Jobs,” presented at the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing “Stimulus Package and Energy: Creating Jobs, Opportunities for All,” available at www. globalwarming.house.gov, Jan. 13, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Founding President, Green For All
  • Member, Committee to Engage African Americans in Climate Change, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Co-founder and President, Ella Baker Center
  • Co-founder, Color Of Change
  • Has served on the boards of National Apollo Alliance, Social Venture Network, Rainforest Action Network, Bioneers, and Julia Butterfly Hill’s “Circle of Life” organization
Education:
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1993
Other:
  • Recipient, TIME Magazine Environmental Hero Award, 2008
  • Recipient, Puffin/Nation prize for Creative Citizenship, 2008
  • Recipient, Elle Magazine Green Award, 2008
  • Recipient, George Lucas Foundation’s Daring Dozen Award, 2008
  • Recipient, Hunt Alternatives Prime Mover Award, 2008
  • Repipient, Campaign for America’s Future Paul Wellstone Award, 2008
  • Recipient, Global Green USA Community Environmental Leadership Award, 2008
  • Recipient, San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award, 2008
Quoted in:
  1. Should the US Use "Clean Coal" as an Energy Source?
  2. Will Alternative Energy Development Create More Jobs?