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CCBC welcomes former White House Green Jobs Advisor Van Jones as guest lecturer for
President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series
Jones to discuss his book "The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution

Can Solve our two Biggest Problems"

Baltimore County, Md. (Jan. 24, 2013) – In celebration of Black History Month, Community College of Baltimore County President Sandra Kurtinitis welcomes clean energy and human rights pioneer Van Jones as the guest lecturer for the President’s Distinguished African American Lecture Series.

Van Jones
Van Jones

Jones’ lecture, which takes place at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 in Q Theatre at CCBC Catonsville, will be based on his 2009 best-seller The Green-Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Solve our Two Biggest Problems.

As a globally recognized pioneer in clean energy and human rights, Jones has definitely made his mark. In 2009, TIME magazine named Jones as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was named one of “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done” by Rolling Stone magazine in 2012 and Ebony Magazine included him on their 2009 “Power 150” list of most influential African-Americans.

Jones, who worked as the Green Jobs Advisor at the White House in 2009, is also an accomplished author. His book The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Solve Our Two Biggest Problem was a New York Times best seller. His most recent book, Rebuild the Dream, reflects on his journey from grassroots outsider to White House insider and offers a powerful game plan for restoring hope to the U. S. economy, fixing our democracy and renewing the “American Dream.”

Jones is a very successful social entrepreneur and he is the founder of Green for All, a national organization working to get green jobs to disadvantaged communities. He was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act; signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007. The Act was the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term “green jobs.”

This incredible event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required for entry. Jones will be available for a more intimate exchange with attendees immediately following the lecture in the Q Lounge.

For tickets, contact the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-2787 or stop by the CCBC Dundalk or CCBC Catonsville Student Life Offices.

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