NORMAL, Ill. -- Illinois State University welcomed a prestigious guest to campus Friday.
Van Jones, former special adviser for green jobs to President Obama arrived in Normal Friday.
Jones is a strong advocate for green energy, as well as Friday night's speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. dinner at ISU.
Earlier in the day, he addressed a classroom of students about the importance of green energy and civic engagement.
"The next generation, they got a bunch of problems they are looking at," said Jones." They are looking at not enough jobs. They are looking at concerns about climate. They are looking at concerns about energy independence. Clean energy is an answer for all those problems if we can get behind it and push."
Jones says by fighting pollution we can fight poverty at the same time by adding green energy jobs to the economy.
He adds he believes Dr. King would be the number one proponent for a green economy.