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U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk Recognizes Earth Day with American University Students and Staff

April 21, 2011

Tours rooftop solar technology installation, discusses education and innovation to support job growth and secure America’s clean energy future

Washington, D.C. – Today United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk visited American University (AU) to discuss President Obama’s plan to win the future for American workers with investments in clean energy, innovation, and education. In recognition of Earth Day tomorrow, Ambassador Kirk toured a solar technology project designed to reduce AU’s carbon footprint and cut down on energy costs. Ambassador Kirk commented on how investing in clean energy is beneficial not only for our environment, but also for the American economy:

“Earth Day reinforces the importance of investing in education and innovation so students and entrepreneurs in the U.S. can discover, invent, and create technologies that will support the jobs and industries of the 21st century,” said Ambassador Kirk.

“Cutting-edge clean energy projects like the ones here at American University are important to address environmental challenges while also helping to secure America’s energy future and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. By out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the international competition, America can win the future to create shared prosperity and better jobs here at home.”

Following the tour Ambassador Kirk led a discussion with students, faculty, and staff. He commended AU’s sustainability efforts led by Director Chris O’Brien, and encouraged AU students to become the future entrepreneurs and leaders of the 21st century clean energy economy.