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Keeping the Economy Green - Green Jobs for the Black Community

Black Voice News, News Report, Naomi Bonman Posted: Jun 18, 2009

Speaking to a crowd of over 100 attendees, California Public Utilities Commissioner Timothy A. Simon challenged the audience that with every major economic shift, African Americans fail to keep up with the momentum of change during The Black Voice News sponsored symposium:

The Green Economy and the African American Community, held recently at the Grier Pavilion in Riverside.

A panel of experts: Lea Peterson, Public Affairs Manager of Southern California Gas Company; Jamil Dada, Chairman of the National Association of Workforce Boards; Craig Keys, Executive Director of Green Valley Initiative; Lois Carson, Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership; Steve Hernandez, Legislative Assistance to Supervisor Marion Ashley; and Ryan Bullard, Sustainability Coordinator of Riverside Public Utilities, moderated by Leonard Robinson, Federal Liaison for the Department of Toxic Substances Control, supported Simons claim and discussed ways that Inland Empire companies and individuals can make a shift in sustainability, green jobs, and making the economy green.

During the question and answer session, questions ranged from how to develop green jobs, how to make existing jobs more green, developing a green workforce, and federal stimulus money.

This event was co-sponsored by Southern California Edison, The Gas Company, Siebert, Brandford, Shank & Company, Premier Service Bank, Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce and the Green Valley Initiative.

There was an overwhelming number of questions during the symposium that due to time constraints were in answered. Over the next few weeks of The Black Voice News, we will be answering those questions and more. For information on going green, contact 951.682.6070.

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