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Green For All Hosts Symposium for Young African-American Adults and Green Economy


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Date: February 23 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Green For All, a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy, Howard University, and Black Enterprise Magazine today hosted a symposium for young adults, “Green is the New Black” at Howard University.  The Black History Month event honored the contributions that people of African descent have made – and continue to make in the fight for a more sustainable planet and equitable society.

Dozens of green businesses and non-profits shared opportunities for young people within the green economy, from jobs and internships, to opportunities for advocacy, service and entrepreneurship as part of a Green Opportunities Fair.  Performances, and speeches by R&B singer KJ Rose, vegan chef and author Bryant Terry and the American Association of Blacks in Energy’s Anita McRae followed the jobs fair.  Organic food from a local African-American caterer was provided for the students as part of the
event.

“African-Americans are seeing unemployment rates exponentially higher then the rest of the country,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All.  “We need to get our young people inspired and involved in the possibilities of the fastest growing sector of our economy – the green economy.”

There are currently 85,000 Americans working in the wind industry and more than 100,00 are working in solar.  Nearly 50 percent of solar companies recently surveyed said they are expecting to add jobs in 2012.  But, nearly one-in-five African-American men are currently unemployed.  In today’s climate of economic uncertainty and environmental crisis, this symposium offered a message of hope and opportunity for young African-Americans.

"Creating a more sustainable environment involves developing and implementing good stewardship practices with respect to the use of all the Earth's resources,” said Alfonzye Chisholm Jr., Director of Sustainability for Howard University.  “Partnering with Green for All helps insure that Howard University stays focused on developing a sustainable pool of young talent to help lead the way."

For more information on the “Green is the New Black” symposium, please visit the Green For All website: http://greenforall.org/

About Green For All

Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visit www.greenforall.org.