Administration officials expected to attend today's event include Vice President Biden (Chair of Task Force), Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and Van Jones, Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
This meeting will be held at 2 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. According to the Denver Post, tickets will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9 am in the Elevation Room of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1450 Glenarm Place, Denver.
Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), announced on Monday that Van Jones will serve as Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. CEQ coordinates federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives.
Jones has been a strong advocate for green jobs and participated in the recent White House Middle Class Task Force meeting on green jobs and has testified before Congress (videos below). In his role at CEQ Jones will help to shape and advance the Obama Administration’s energy and climate initiatives, with a specific focus in improvements and opportunities for vulnerable communities.
Video coverage of the meeting has also been released by the White House:
Panel 1 – Green Jobs: What are They & How Can They Help the Middle Class Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund; John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for American Progress; Van Jones, President and founder of Green for All
Panel 2 – Creating Green Opportunity: The Roles of Stakeholders Governor Edward G. Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania; Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia; Leo Gerard, the International President of the Steelworkers of America; Cecilia Estolano, The Chief Executive Officer of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles; Mark Edlen, President of Gerding-Edlen, a Green Development
The White House has also made available Vice President Biden's opening remarks and blog notes documenting the meeting's proceedings.
II. Reports and Presentations
The following are reports and presentations that were made available at the meeting:
As an update to this prior post, some additional details are available regarding the first meeting of the White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families ("Middle Class Task Force"), which will be taking place at the University of Pennsylvania on February 27th and focusing on green jobs.
Today, President Barack Obama signed economic stimulus legislation — the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), in a ceremony at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. As described previously on Green Collar Blog, this legislation contains investments and tax credits to support clean energy, energy efficiency, and green jobs. Links at the end of this post provide access to the complete bill text.
The signing ceremony included comments from Vice President Biden, Colorado Govenor Bill Ritter, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and Namaste Solar CEO Blake Jones. A number of these speakers highlighted the impact this legislation will have on creating green jobs.
In addition, the White House today announced the launch of Recovery.gov, which will provide information on where the funds from the legislation are going.
Update (02/26): Additional information regarding this meeting is available.
On January 30th, President Barack Obama signed an Executive order creating a White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families ("Middle Class Task Force"). This task force is "a major initiative targeted at raising the living standards of middle-class, working families in America." Its stated goals are:
Expanding education and lifelong training opportunities
Improving work and family balance
Restoring labor standards, including workplace safety
Helping to protect middle-class and working-family incomes
Protecting retirement security
Members of the task force are Vice President Biden, Chair; the Secretaries of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Commerce; the Directors of the National Economic Council, the Office of Management and Budget, the Domestic Policy Council; and the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors.
The task force will have regular meetings and have outreach sessions with representatives of labor, business, and the advocacy communities. It intends to expedite administrative reforms, propose Executive orders, and develop legislative and policy proposals that can be of special importance to working families. Members of the public are invited to submit comments and ideas to the task force via a form on its website.
The task force has announced that its first meeting, which will take place on February 27th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will focus on green jobs. Green Collar Blog will provide additional information on this meeting as it becomes available.