Contact: Jake Brown, Communications Director/Legislative Liaison
Vermont Natural Resources Council
September 11, 2012
MONTPELIER, Vt – Acclaimed author and social and environmental activist Van Jones will join VNRC at its 50th anniversary celebration as keynote speaker September 22 at Shelburne Farms.
Jones is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. He has a 20-year track record as a successful, innovative and award-winning social entrepreneur.
“I look forward to coming to the Green Mountain State this fall, helping VNRC celebrate 50 years, and share my vision for a new, greener, American Dream for all,” Jones said.
A Yale-educated attorney, Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House in 2009. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.
In 2005, the World Economic Forum named Jones a Young Global Leader. TIME magazine named him a global environmental hero in 2008 and the next year TIME said he was one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Founded in 1963, VNRC is one of the state’s oldest Vermont-based environmental groups.
“VNRC has been leading Vermont to world-wide recognition for five decades, protecting and restoring Vermont’s natural resources and communities and educating, motivating and activating Vermonters to champion all that we love about the great state of Vermont,” said Elizabeth Courtney, VNRC’s legacy program director and former executive director. “And Van Jones, with his powerful, forward-thinking message and inspired delivery is the perfect speaker to launch us into our next 50 years.”
Also on hand at the event will be VNRC’s well-known environmental advisors: Canadian author and activist Maude Barlow, Vermont smart growth visionary John Ewing, author and climate activist Bill McKibben, Vermont entrepreneur Will Raap, and World Resources Institute founder and Vermont law school professor Gus Speth.
The event will feature lively music, as well as local food and brew.
VNRC is expecting six to seven hundred people at the event. A limited number of tickets are available. For tickets go to http://svr3.acornhost.com/~vnrcorg/50th/
For more information about Van Jones http://vanjones.net/