On April 25th at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Veterans Green Jobs was honored by the Wirth Chair for Sustainability at the University of Colorado-Denver, with a Colorado’s “Creators of a Sustainable Future” award. With this award we were recognized for our efforts to educate others to ensure a sustainable future. The award was presented by Ambassador Gary Grappo, currently the president and CEO of The Keystone Center in Keystone, Colo. Ambassador Grappo is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and an Air Force veteran. For more information on Ambassador Grappo and the Keystone Center visit www.keystone.org or view this article in the Summit Daily.
Dr. Bill Doe, Veterans Green Jobs’ CEO, and Dr. Mit Parsons, chairman of the board of directors, accepted the award on our behalf. In his brief remarks, Dr. Doe spoke about the strong linkages between the military, the environment and veterans, and spoke of the military’s strong commitment to environmental stewardship and green practices. He highlighted the fact that military veterans are well trained and committed to enhancing our environment and our communities when they return from military service.
The luncheon was also attended by several Veterans Green Jobs employees, including Jo Schantz, chief development officer, and Veronica Collin and Scott Willingham of the Go Green Warehouse. The Warehouse’s contribution to enhancing the environment through the resale and recycling of used goods is a primary example of our organization’s commitment to sustainability. We also perform income-qualified weatherization services in energy efficiency for Denver/Jefferson Counties and the San Luis Valley, and train hundreds of veterans in outdoor conservation and wildland firefighting throughout the western U.S. We have been active in the Denver community to educate citizens and veterans about the role of green jobs and have participated in the Wirth Sustainability Series, a lecture series offered as part of the Wirth Chair’s efforts. View a photo album on our Facebook page.
The Wirth Chair at CU-Denver is committed to helping government agencies, businesses, non-profit groups and community organizations form sustainable development partnerships that carefully balance economic, environmental and expanded social welfare objectives and strategies. Its mission is to foster effective sustainable development strategies that will strive to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In 1993, the University of Colorado established the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy. It is the first Chair in public policy in the University and the only Chair at the University of Colorado-Denver. It honors the environmental and sustainable development achievements of former Senator and Undersecretary of State Timothy E. Wirth. Wirth’s work in Congress, in the State Department and now as president of the United Nations Foundation has truly made a difference. His efforts have helped foster an improved quality of life for individuals in Colorado, in the United States and throughout the world. Learn more at CU-Denver.
The current holder of the Wirth Chair at CU-Denver is Alice Madden, who started her career in the high-tech industry and then practiced law for nine years before running for State office. First elected in 2000, Alice served four terms as a Colorado State Representative. Recognized as the architect of the stunning victories for progressives in 2004 and in 2006, Alice’s tenure also included four years (2004 – 2008) as House Majority Leader.
One of Alice’s main focuses during her time in the legislature was building the foundation for what is now referred to nationally as the New Energy Economy. Alice continued to apply her experience and passion for economic and environmental sustainability issues as Governor Ritter’s Climate Change Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff. Two of her key accomplishments include taking Colorado to a 30 percent renewable energy standard by 2020 – the 2nd most aggressive standard in the nation, and overseeing the implementation of the groundbreaking Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that will lead to the early retirement of over 900MWs of coal power, to be replaced with cleaner burning fuels such as natural gas, wind and solar. Alice also served as a Senior Fellow on Climate Change issues at the Center for American Progress.