(Palo Alto, Calif.)—Political commentator and environmental justice advocate, Van Jones, will close Peninsula Open Space Trust’s (POST) 2019 Wallace Stegner Lecture Series at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 8pm, May 14.
“We are thrilled that Van Jones is speaking as part of our memorable 2019 Wallace Stegner Lecture Series,” said Walter T. Moore, president of POST. “Throughout his career, Van has argued that green jobs can both spur economic growth and provide economic solutions for disenfranchised communities. I look forward to hearing his ideas on how, as a country, we can tackle climate change while building a sustainable and inclusive economy for future generations.”
Jones began his career as an activist in the Bay Area, pushing for criminal justice reform before focusing on the environment. His work promoting green jobs as an avenue to spur economic growth within disenfranchised communities earned him a spot as Special Advisor on Green Jobs in the Obama Administration. After his tenure in Washington, Jones returned to activism. He became involved in mainstream media as a political commentator for CNN, gaining recognition for his coverage of the 2016 election. Since the election, he has worked to promote civility and compassion in American politics and continues to run Dream Corps.
The Wallace Stegner Lecture Series, now in its 27th year, pays tribute to the conservation legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Stanford University professor and ardent spokesman for the West’s wild places, Wallace Stegner.
Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students, available at https://staging.openspacetrust.org/wsls-van-jones/. All proceeds of the lecture series support POST’s work to protect open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all.
The series is supported by the Bill and Jean Lane Endowment, with additional support from Sand Hill Global Advisers, Noble & Lorraine Hancock, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation, Calibre One Pie Ranch, Alex Wang Group, Fenwick & West and Embarcadero Media.
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Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 86,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Learn more