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Summer Reading 2009
Van Jones: The Green Collar Economy

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book cover The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones

The Smith College summer reading selection for 2009 is The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems by Van Jones. Copies are available in Neilson and Young Science Libraries.

Van Jones argues that the old top-down approach to solving environmental problems will not work. In order to solve our ecological problems the solution must be based in the lives of ordinary people. The author lays out a detailed plan for addressing the environmental crisis through job training and the development of new business and employment opportunities. This program confronts the global climate crisis while at the same time offering a means of healing country’s racial and class divisions.

For more information about the book and the summer reading program for first-year and entering students, please see the Summer Reading website.

Visit the Harper One website, publisher of The Green Collar Economy, to view full page images and look inside the book.

Biographical Information

Van Jones is a noted human rights and social justice activist, lawyer, and author, recently appointed as a Special Advisor to the President on the Green Economy. He is the founder of Green for All – “a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of povery.” Visit this organization’s blog at http://www.greenforall.org/blog

Mr. Jones also is the co-founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, “a strategy and action center working for justice, opportunity and peace in urban America.” To visit this organization’s blog at http://www.ellabakercenter.org/blog/.

Read about Van Jones from the HarperCollins web site.

Biography Resource Center - Read a more detailed biographical overview. (Enter your Smith Novell/GroupWise username and password when accessing from off-campus).

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Van Jones, author of
The Green Collar Economy

Book Reviews

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To find book reviews of The Green Collar Economy, search by keyword for "Van Jones" AND "Green Collar Economy" in the following databases of newspapers and periodical articles.
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Audio & Video Files

Website Link
Greenforall.org Listen to Van Jones discuss the Green Economy and other related topics.
Youtube.com A selection of videos of Van Jones discussing the Green Economy.
NPR.org Tell Me More - "White House Adviser Pushes 'Green Collar' Jobs"
Morning Edition - "Green 'Czar' Pushes Jobs, Community-Building"

More Reading About a Green Economy

Green Smith (Smith College webpage on sustainability)
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White House Summary of Energy & Environemntal Issues
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"Greening the Ghetto"" by Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, January 12, 2009. (Enter your Smith Novell/GroupWise username and password when accessing from off-campus).
book cover Perfect Power by Robert Galvin
Galvin, Robert. Perfect Power: how the microgrid revolution will unleash cleaner, greener, and more abundant energy.
Call Number: SCIENCE TD 195 .E4 G35 2009
book cover Green Designed Future Cars by Ulrich Bethscheider-Kieser
Bethscheider-Kieser, Ulrich. Green designed future cars.
Call number: SCIENCE TL 221.15 .B48 2008
book cover Coming Clean by Michael Brune
Brune, Michael. Coming clean: breaking America’s addiction to oil and coal.
Call number: TD 887 .F69 B78 2008
book cover Building the Green Economy by Kevin Danaher
Danaher, Kevin. Building the green economy : success stories from the grassroots.
Call number: HC 79 .E5 D3252 2007


Past Summer Readings

Summer Reading 2008
Native Guard (Natasha Trethewey)

Summer Reading 2007
Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)

Summer Reading 2006
Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder)

Summer Reading 2005
Kettle Bottom (Diane Gilliam Fisher)

Summer Reading 2004
The Gangster We Are All Looking For (Lê Thi Diem Thúy)

Summer Reading 2003
Atonement (Ian McEwan)

Summer Reading 2002
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America (Barbara Ehrenreich)

Summer Reading 2001
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Anne Fadiman)

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