Posts tagged ‘green jobs’

Brenda Palms Barber in Chicago Magazine

Brenda Palms Barber

Sweet Beginnings’ Brenda Palms Barber was recently featured in Chicago magazine. The article highlights her work in Chicagoland’s North Lawndale area to teach beekeeping skills to local ex-offenders, who raise bees that produce honey made into a line of organic honey and beeswax-based products. Sweet Beginnings currently carries spa products like lip balm and shower gel, as well as honey (naturally).

To date, more than 100 people have graduated from Sweet Beginnings’ job training program, with only three graduates to returning to incarceration—an unbelievably low rate of recidivism!

Want to learn more? On Sunday, April 26th at the end of the SVN 2009 Annual Member Gathering, we’ll be taking a field trip to Sweet Beginnings’ facilities to check their work out in person! Please book a Sunday evening flight if you’d like to be a part of this inspiring visit.

And check out the Beeline Store to order products from Sweet Beginnings’ selection of socially responsible and high-quality honey-based products at Congratulations, Brenda!

April 8, 2009 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

Van Jones in the White House

Van Jones

We’re so excited about SVN’s own Van Jones, Founding president of Green for All, working with the Obama Administration as a special adviser on green jobs with the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In his new role, Van will be responsible for creating new green jobs with the help of newly-appropriated stimulus funds. Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, currently head of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council and Working Partnerships USA, will join Green For All this month as its CEO, continuing Van’s work to bridge economic justice and environmental sustainability. Congratulations to both Van and Phaedra! Read the US News & World Report article. Learn more about Green for All at

April 6, 2009 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

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