Good news! Although we heard lots of rumbling recently (and yesterday in particular) about activist Van Jones being picked by to be a special adviser for green jobs in the Obama administration, we didn’t get official confirmation until the Associated Press reported it in this story last night.
Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a release Monday that Jones will start work next week to help direct the administration's efforts to create jobs and help the environment. Sutley said Jones will work on "vulnerable communities."
We’ve blogged before about the passion, leadership and energy of Van Jones, who founded Green for All, a national organization that promises environmentally friendly jobs to help lift people out of poverty. Jones also wrote the New York Times best-seller "The Green Collar Economy."
Needless to say, this is very exciting news! We can’t wait to follow Jones in his new position.