The Sustainable Growth Summit held by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) emphasized on opportunities offered to the community by the nation’s green direction last week. Long rooted in the traditions of AAPIs, sustainability is not a new concept. The AAPI population grew faster than any other race in this country over the last 10 years – a whopping 43 percent. This population explosion creates an urgent need to get AAPIs to the table and engage them in the national conversation. The White House Initiative on AAPIs brought  together federal and local experts on entrepreneurship, technology, education, and innovation to raise awareness of federal resources and create opportunities for sustainable growth.  Best of all, Seattle, is a city leading the way in sustainability initiatives that span farming, health, education, and green technology.

The White House Initiative on AAPIs aims to promote awareness on green industry so the AAPI community members can grow along with the city’s and the nation’s emerging economy through entrepreneurship, technology, education, and innovation. 

Long rooted in the traditions of AAPIs, sustainability is not a new concept. The AAPI population grew faster than any other race in this country over the last 10 years – a whopping 43 percent. This population explosion creates an urgent need to get AAPIs to the table and engage them in the national conversation.

The White House Initiative on AAPIs brought  together federal and local experts on entrepreneurship, technology, education, and innovation to raise awareness of federal resources and create opportunities for sustainable growth.  Best of all, Seattle, is a city leading the way in sustainability initiatives that span farming, health, education, and green technology.

The summit, held at North Seattle Community College on July 8th, brought in speakers from all over the country including Chris Lu, the assistant to the President and the cabinet secretary for President Obama.

The goal of the Summit is to engage the AAPI community on programs that help communities develop a clean energy economy, create green jobs, and foster a healthy environment.  The Workshops includes Financing and Globalizing a Green Business,Clean Energy

“We (America) are on a global race to see who can manufacture the most green technology,” Lu said. “This is not just an environmental issue, but a job issue as well. People need to know how to go green with the economy as well.”

Daphne Kwok, the chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs said that it is important for AAPIs—“the eyes and ears”—of the country to take advantages of the possibilities green businesses will bring.

Hyeok Kim, the executive director of InterIM Community Development Association, said that one of their ongoing is “to help small business owners to understand the green options they can have to help their ‘bottom line’.”

The executive director of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Unmi Song said that AAPIs have the expertise and experience to become greater model in the green industry.

“Asians have lived in condensed communities and we should be recognized as a really important model as to be able to plan and design,” Song said.

Lu said that our country is on track to double the amount of renewable energy by 2012 and the President is planning to put 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

“If our community are not aware of it, we are going to be left behind,” said Kwok.

For more information on the White House Initiative on AAPIs, visit whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/aapi

 

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