FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
VETERANS GREEN JOBS TO PARTICIPATE IN MIDDLE CLASS TASK FORCE CHAIRED BY VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN ON TUESDAY MAY 26, 2009
“Building a Strong Middle Class Through a Green Economy” Town-Hall will Incorporate Veterans’ Perspectives on Realizing the Full Potential of Green Jobs and Raising Living Standards in America
BOULDER, CO – May 25, 2009 – The Boulder-based nonprofit organization Veterans Green Jobs will participate in the fourth meeting of the Middle Class Task Force in Denver, CO. Vice President Joe Biden will moderate the town-hall discussion – held at the Denver Museum of Natural Science – focused on green jobs and training.
Four of upcoming graduates of the Veterans Green Jobs Academy™ will share their personal stories as veterans being trained to serve their country under a new mission: to green America. White House Middle Class Task Force, Chaired by Vice President Biden, is a major initiative targeted at raising the living standards of middle-class, working families in America. Veterans Green Jobs is at the center of many issues of importance to the MCTF, including green technology innovations, living wage green jobs, and deploying a trained workforce to address issues of economy and environment that affect America.
Taking place at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on Tuesday, May 26, the public event titled “Building a Strong Middle Class Through a Green Economy” will build on previous events focused on how to realize the full potential of the green jobs movement in America. The military service members representing Veterans Green Jobs will share their perspectives and personal stories on the importance of utilizing veterans – a national field-tested workforced dedicated to serving this country – as a leadership resource in spearheading green industries and implementing enviromental initiatives ranging from energy conservation to tree planting and wildfire mitigation.
Speaking at the town-hall event will be U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis; U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; and Deputy U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Poneman. Veterans Green Jobs’ participants include Michael Flaherty, an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq; Tom Cassidy, an Army veteran who served in Kosovo and Iraq; Andre Winn, an Air Force Medic; and Garett Reppenhagen, an Army veteran who served in Kosovo and Iraq.
About Veterans Green Jobs
Veterans Green Jobs (http://veteransgreenjobs.org) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization pioneering an unprecedented national initiative to implement concrete solutions for three of the most urgent issues of our time: rebuilding a sustainable green economy; reversing deteriorating environmental conditions and mitigating climate change threats; and reengaging our nation’s nearly 2 million military veterans in need of meaningful new careers. The Veterans Green Jobs Academy™ provides job training and placement opportunities for military veterans in emerging green industries, and connects veterans with a wide range of complimentary resources to assist with re-establishing themselves in civilian communities and careers. Veterans Green Jobs is generously supported by a diverse array of individuals and organizations, including the Wal-Mart Foundation.
# # #
kirsten [at] veteransgreenjobs [dot] org
info [at] veteransgreenjobs [dot] org