Welcome to the Green House, America.
This time, everyone will be invited. On Monday, Van Jones will become Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. It's a long job title, but Jones is long on accomplishments: He's the founder of Green For All, co-founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Green Collar Economy. He's also a powerful human-rights activist who has long advocated for an inclusive green economy.
While helping to shape the Obama administration's energy, climate, and green-job initiatives, Jones will work to bring "the greenest solutions to the poorest people." Both human-rights activists and environmentalists are calling Jones's appointment a major victory for their respective movements -- to which Jones might say: the two are one and the same.