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Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix America's Two Biggest Problems

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

    Van Jones would have done better to heed Anton Chehov when the latter announced that "brevity is the sister of talent".

    Overall, the book sends out a relevant message, for indeed today's Green movement is a luxury for the wealthier members of society only and that can only change with the introduction of green collar jobs, allowing all layers of society to participate and benefit.

    I must, hovewer give the book only three stars because this lovely message would have had a much more powerful effect had it been condenced deom 256 to 50 or so well written pages. Instead, the inspiring beginning turns insipid and I found my attention wandering as the author continued to repeat himself. I am not sure what audience Jones is targeting with this book...It is not thorough enough for professionals, too long to be an introduction for students (which incidentally what it mostly tries to be - it was assigned to all first years at my college).

    Do not buy it but instead grab a cup of coffee at your local bookstore and read the first three chapters. Any more and your appreciation will dwindle.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    An inspirational and educational read for anyone interested in getting involved in community work on Green Jobs

    We hear a lot about "GREEN" these days but it isn't always clear what we can or should be doing in our local communities to get started. Van Jones does an outstanding job of putting facts about the Green on the table along with an "equity" view that talks about the often unnoticed discriminations associated with Green efforts in the past as well as what could happen if we're not conscious about thinking "Green for All" in our efforts. He takes a historical walk through efforts surrounding taking care of our planet from early civilizations around the world. The premise of helping the economy and the planet through Green jobs is backed up with chapters of examples of successful community initiatives that have been implemented coast to coast. He describes both private and government initiatives and partnerships. And he offers a long list of resources to help anyone do more research and be able to take a first step into getting involved.

    Whether someone is anxious to roll up their sleeves and enter the Green Economy or become informed to advocate at a local, state or federal level this book should be required reading.

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