Van Jones to inspire, entertain, at VNRC’s 50th anniversary

Acclaimed author and social and environmental activist Van Jones will join Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) at its 50th anniversary celebration as keynote speaker Sept. 22 at Shelburne Farms.

Jones is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. He has a 20-year track record as a successful, innovative and award-winning social entrepreneur.

“I look forward to coming to the Green Mountain State this fall, helping VNRC celebrate 50 years, and share my vision for a new, greener, American Dream for all,” Jones said.

A Yale-educated attorney, Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House in 2009. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.

“VNRC has been leading Vermont to world-wide recognition for five decades, protecting and restoring Vermont’s natural resources and communities and educating, motivating and activating Vermonters to champion all that we love about the great state of Vermont,” said Elizabeth Courtney, VNRC’s legacy program director and former executive director. “And Van Jones, with his powerful, forward-thinking message and inspired delivery is the perfect speaker to launch us into our next 50 years.”

Also on hand at the event will be VNRC’s well-known environmental advisors: Canadian author and activist Maude Barlow, Vermont smart growth visionary John Ewing, author and climate activist Bill McKibben, Vermont entrepreneur Will Raap, and World Resources Institute founder and Vermont law school professor Gus Speth.

The event will feature lively music, as well as local food and brew. VNRC is expecting six to seven hundred people at the event. A limited number of tickets are available. For tickets visit

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