Quan Represents Oakland's Green Efforts at UN Meeting
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is in Brazil right now, representing Oakland at a global conference tackling environment and development issues.
The State Department invited Quan to speak because of Oakland's aggressive efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and its attempts to bring more green businesses to the area.
Barbara Grady of KQED News associate Oakland Local says Quan also directly addressed an issue much of the world faces: poverty.
“Very interestingly,” says Grady, “she mentioned that a city with a lot of poverty is not often thought of as a green city, but trying to reduce poverty and trying to reduce greenhouse gases don't have to be mutually exclusive and that Oakland is, in fact, trying to do both.”
The city is working on both fronts with its green jobs program which targets the chronically unemployed for training in areas such as energy conservation and solar installation.