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Advisory-White House hosts briefing on green economy opportunities

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                                                 August 4, 2009

Hip Hop Caucus and Green For All announce the Green the Block campaign
to further broad participation
WASHINGTON – Today, the Obama Administration is scheduled to hold a briefing for members of Green the Block to discuss the need to involve vulnerable communities in the emerging green economy. Immediately following there will be a press avail at noon at the White House West Wing stakeout area to discuss opportunities in the new green economy and to announce the first major initiative of the Green the Block.
President Obama is committed to building a thriving clean energy economy that drives our national recovery through innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation. In order to realize the full potential of a clean-energy future, all Americans must be informed and have access to the new opportunities available.
Convened by Green For All and the Hip Hop Caucus, Green the Block is a new campaign to more deeply engage our most vulnerable communities in the transition to a 21st century economy. Green the Block will encourage education, legislative advocacy, private-sector development and youth activism, and is supported by a broad base coalition of partners.
Administration representatives for this event include Secretary Shaun Donovan, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Administrator Lisa Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency; and Under Secretary Kristina Johnson, Department of Energy. They will be joined by Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., president of the Hip Hop Caucus, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All, and leaders of the Green the Block.
WHO: Obama Administration officials and members of the Green the Block
WHAT: Press conference on opportunities in the new green economy
WHEN: Tuesday, August 4 Noon
WHERE: White House West Wing stakeout area
RSVP: Please RSVP for this event by sending your information to
Individuals without a hard pass should submit their vital information including name, date of birth and social security number.