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UN World Environment Day Business Expo Kicks Off with Green Jobs & Urban Economies; an Equitable Business Roundtable
SAN FRANCISCO The United Nations World Environment Day kicks off its Business Expo with Green Jobs & Urban Economies: An Equitable Business Roundtable on Thursday, June 2, 2005. The event takes place at the Fort Mason Pavilion, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Co-sponsored by The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Global Exchange, Peoples Grocery, and Chelsea Green, the program will highlight real-life, economically viable, ecologically sound businesses and job readiness programs that serve low-income communities of color.
"One of the true measures of success that I want to see emerge from the UN Environmental Conference is how well it connects to disenfranchised communities who aptly construe environmentalism as a luxury movement," stated Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, District 5, San Francisco.
Leaders of the discussion will talk about their innovative work, and present ideas they hope to see in action. Speakers include Van Jones of the Ella Baker Center; Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange; David Mohammed of The Mentoring Center; Elliot Hoffman of Just Desserts and Garden Project; Omar Friella of Green Workers Cooperative; Ashley Pennington of The Noisette; Pat Brown of People's Grocery; and representatives of the Delancy Street Foundation.
San Franciscos beloved poet laureate will open the discussion with a performance of her work.
The Roundtable will be followed by a reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Greenhouse Jam Reception: Cultivating and Celebrating Sustainability Solutions. Sponsored by San Francisco Urban Alliance for Sustainability, the event features live poetry by Youth Speaks, food, and drink, as well as an opportunity for networking and dialogue with break-out groups.