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PRESS RELEASE - Downing to Co-Host Green Jobs Forum
July 13, 2007

NEWS ALERT: Senator John Kerry and Congressman John Tierney

to participate in the Green Jobs Forum : Monday, July 16th



Michael E. Festa                                                                    Benjamin B. Downing

State Representative                                                             State Senator

32-Middlesex District                                                            Berkshire, Hampshire & Franklin    District





PRESS RELEASE                                                     Contact: Colleen McHatton (Festa)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                Phone:    (617) 722-2018          

June 11, 2007                                                              Contact: Elizabeth Mahony (Downing)  

                                                                                    Phone:   (617) 722-1625



Massachusetts Promotes a Green Economy to Increase Job Opportunities

Monday, July 16th -- Suffolk University Law School




We are pleased to announce that Senator John Kerry and Congressman John Tierney, recognizing the enormous significance of this Green Jobs Forum, will be delivering an address on this issue.


Boston- State Representative Michael Festa (D-Melrose) and State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) are pleased to announce the details of their Green Jobs Forum, to be held July 16, 2007, at Suffolk University Law School at 9:00 a.m.  The Forum will feature a keynote address by the renowned environmental justice advocate, Van Jones.  


Recognizing that a clean energy economy offers environmental and economic benefits to the Commonwealth, Representative Festa and Senator Downing have united aspects of their individual legislative agendas. Van Jones, an environmental justice advocate and founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights based in Oakland, California, is one of the nation’s leading green business and social justice innovators.

Senator John Kerry, well known as a leader on environmental issues and co-author, with his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, of This Moment on Earth, will join us and present an opening statement. “Massachusetts is a leader in the emerging world of “green jobs.” There are approximately 8,000 jobs in energy efficiency and 2,000 in renewable energy companies in Massachusetts, the city of Cambridge is leading the way in public private partnerships and Governor Patrick is moving us towards statewide conservation efforts.  Senator Downing and Representative Festa are to be commended for convening this forum and involving leaders from every sector in our state. I am proud to be able to join all of these leaders in helping keep Massachusetts at the forefront of one of the defining issues of our times,” said Senator John Kerry.

Van Jones, an environmental justice advocate and founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights based in Oakland, California, is one of the nation’s leading green business and social justice innovators.  He is dedicated to lifting whole communities out of poverty by implementing his philosophy of “Green Collar Jobs” as part of the Center’s Reclaim the Future campaign. Currently the Center is initiating a pilot program, Oakland Green Jobs Corps, which is a job training pipeline.

 "A new industry is emerging, and it is high time we connect the dots between the need for sustainable energy and maintainable manufacturing jobs.  The increase in outsourcing evidences that we must strengthen and diversify our manufacturing sector by creating good, new jobs and preparing people to take advantage of them. This forum moves us toward that goal," said Congressman John F. Tierney (D-Salem), who recently introduced The Green Jobs Act of 2007 in the U.S. House of Representatives. "I am honored to be joining our distinguished hosts, Senator Downing and Representative Festa, in raising awareness of the collaborative efforts MA lawmakers are making on the state and federal levels to encourage 'Green Jobs' in the Commonwealth.

The intent of the Green Jobs Forum is to explore in greater detail the “Green Collar Jobs” initiative and the potential for a similar approach within Massachusetts, where there are exciting new opportunities and links between state and community energy initiatives and job creation, such as the Cambridge Energy Alliance. Given these innovations, the potential for creating “Green Collar Jobs” statewide is immense.


The event will feature opening remarks by James W. Hunt III., Chief of Environmental and Energy Services, City of Boston and Robert W. Healy, Cambridge City Manager. A panel discussion moderated by Festa will feature Downing, Greg Watson, Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Technology for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Douglas Foy, former Secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development, and Robert Pratt, Senior Vice-President of the Kendall Foundation and a co-founder of the Cambridge Energy Alliance. The closing will remarks will be offered by Representative Daniel Bosley, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. Those in attendance will be able to learn first hand about the impact that such an initiative could have on recidivism rates and in strengthening the economy.       


The event was produced by Laurie Leyshon and is sponsored by the Marion Institute and the City of Cambridge.



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