Van Jones to inspire, entertain, at VNRC’s 50th


Contact: Jake Brown, Communications Director/Legislative Liaison
Vermont Natural Resources Council
802-223-2328 x111

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

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George Plumb
4 years 4 months ago
“ …protecting and restoring Vermont’s natural resources…” Yes, thanks to Vermont’s environmental leaders for working collaboratively, courageously and creatively in addressing the underlying cause of our environmental problems, population growth, and not just the symptoms it has helped to solve the most critically important environmental problems facing Vermont and the earth. In order of suggested importance here is what they have accomplished. 1. Out of respect for future generations Vermont’s ecological footprint has decreased rather than being increased so that we are now living sustainably and within our long term carrying capacity even though environmental organizations don’t talk about this… Read more »
George Plumb
4 years 4 months ago
There is another factor that needs to be discussed. While it is certainly true that population growth is the underlying cause of all of our environmental problems and continued population growth is why our environmental situation keeps getting worse there is also a broader understanding of how nature works that must be kept in mind and factored into how we deal with solving environmental problems. The “natural world” actually consists of a set of complex and interdependent eco systems. Each system has probably thousands of components. What environmental organizations do is to carve out one little aspect of the system… Read more »
Lisa Sammet
4 years 4 months ago
I salute VNRC for all it has done in the last 50 years. Surely, things would be a lot worse in Vermont if VNRC didn’t exist. I do think though, as George Plumb states, that VNRC and other environmental organizations don’t speak out about the deleterious effects of population. We have overpopulated the world. Without oil we wouldn’t be able to feed everyone. Vermont can’t feed itself. In front of us is the great, and terrifying collision of overpopulation, climate change and peak oil (Peak Everything as Richard Heinberg puts it). Overpopulation is driving the other problems into ever greater… Read more »
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