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For Immediate Release: February 24, 2010
Contact: Josh Dorner, 202.675.2384

Sierra Club Salutes Van Jones

Washington, D.C.--As the NAACP announces it is bestowing Van Jones with their prestigious President's Award later this week, and Mr. Jones announces his new positions at Princeton and Center for American Progress, the Sierra Club issued the following statement of congratulations from Executive Director, Carl Pope:

"We heartily congratulate Van Jones for his recognition by the NAACP and his new appointments at Princeton and CAP. Van Jones is an extraordinarily important leader and an essential voice to be heard by those tackling America's biggest problems. He cares passionately about helping young men and women find their way in the world, even if they had the misfortune to grow up in bad neighborhoods or make bad choices -- and he sees in a new green economy a powerful instrument to heal their lives.

"As the founder of Green For All, co-founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change, and the author of the 2008 New York Times best-seller, The Green Collar Economy, Jones has played a vital role bringing people together in ways once thought unimaginable. I am confident he will continue inspire us all with his efforts to create economic opportunities and a cleaner, safer world."

For video of in-depth conversation between Carl Pope and Van Jones released last year, go to This Brave Nation--a project of Brave New Foundation and The Nation:

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