Veterans Green Jobs was honored to have hosted the White House’s Nancy Sutley, President Obama’s principal environmental advisor and Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), for a visit on Friday Jan. 27. We showed Chair Sutley around our facility, including a tour of the Go Green Warehouse and our weatherization warehouse, and shared information about our programs. Chair Sutley also had the opportunity to meet several members of our veteran staff.
As followup to the President’s State of the Union address this week, Chair Sutley spoke with us about the Obama’s Administration’s work to grow clean energy industries and jobs, and the President’s proposal for creating a Veterans Jobs Corps. We shared details about our work preparing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for careers in the natural resources field through our Veterans Green Corps programs in eight western U.S. states, and the home energy efficiency work our veterans are doing in Denver, Jefferson County and the San Luis Valley.
We were very pleased to introduce Chair Sutley to three important partners of Veterans Green Jobs – the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office, represented by Doug Karl, the GEO’s Weatherization Director; the U.S. Forest Service, represented by Susan Johnson, Regional Tribal Relations Program Manager for the USFS Rocky Mountain Region; and the City of Denver, represented by Michelle Weingarden, Director of Greenprint Denver.
It was a great visit with a productive dialogue. We look forward to future conversations with the CEQ about creating green job opportunities for our nation’s servicemen and women.