Could "green-collar" jobs clean the "dirty-energy economy" and lift people out of poverty?
In the past, job creation and protecting the environment have been, some say, mutually exclusive. But in 2007, the Green Jobs Act and the founding of Green for All, an organization that focuses on green job training, marked the beginning of a movement to redefine economic growth.
Is it possible to reconcile these historic opposites?
Senator Steinberg and Green for All founder Jones talk about green economic development and its potential- The Commonwealth Club of California
Van Jones, new co-host of CNN's re-launch of Crossfire and president of Rebuild the Dream, has been named one of our nation’s most constructive policy leaders. He is an environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney.
Darrell Steinberg was elected on November 7, 2006 to the California State Senate, representing the 6th District, which includes the capital city of Sacramento, parts of Elk Grove and Citrus Heights.
Steinberg is the chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. He also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Health Committee, the Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources. Steinberg also chairs the Senate Select Committee on High School Graduation.
In addition, Steinberg is a Senate appointee to the Wildlife Conservation Board, the California Ocean Protection Council and the Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism (chair).
In February 2008, Steinberg was selected by his colleagues in the State Senate to be the next Senate President pro Tempore.
Prior to his election to the State Senate, Steinberg served three terms representing the 9th District of the State Assembly, which includes most of the capital city of Sacramento.
He is the author and co-proponent of Proposition 63, the mental health initiative that was approved by voters on November 2, 2004.