Colorado State University and Veterans Green Jobs are working  together to create the Veterans Green Jobs Education Initiative for the purpose of encouraging and enhancing opportunities for military veterans to attend the university, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Participants will work to receive degrees in the following area:  natural resources management, forestry and military lands management, green/sustainable construction, renewable energy technology and sustainable business development.

by Tracey de Morsella, Green Economy Post

Colorado State University and Veterans Green Jobs announced recently, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to create the Veterans Green Jobs Education Initiative at the university. CSU is the first four-year university to partner with Veterans Green Jobs to provide “green” educational opportunities to veterans.

The MOU establishes a formal relationship between CSU and the Denver-based, non-profit organization, Veterans Green Jobs, for the purpose of encouraging and enhancing opportunities for military veterans to attend the university, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The initiative promotes academic disciplines that provide post-educational career opportunities for veterans in the green jobs sector, both in Colorado and nationally.

“Veterans of our armed forces hold a special place in our campus community because of their willingness to serve our nation and the sacrifices they’ve made to fulfill their commitments,” said CSU President Tony Frank. “As a university, it is important that we honor their service and recognize their sacrifices by providing both access to education and opportunities for career development. This MOU can help provide a veteran with a second career after their military service as well as contribute to Colorado’s new energy economy.”

These disciplines, across four colleges at CSU, would include, but are not limited to:  natural resources management, forestry and military lands management, green/sustainable construction, renewable energy technology and sustainable business development.

“This agreement brings together two important goals for the university – supporting our student veterans, and preparing them, along with the rest of the student body, for potential careers in the emerging green workforce,” said CSU Interim Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda.

To achieve the goals of the MOU, the university and Veterans Green Jobs will focus on:

– supporting military veterans attending Colorado State University in achieving their educational and professional goals for the green jobs sector;

– and, developing pathways and programs that will assist and encourage military veterans to attend Colorado State University to undertake undergraduate and graduate level studies in green job related disciplines.

“The signing of the MOU between CSU and Veterans Green Jobs is a significant event for the university because it directly confirms two preeminent missions of CSU as Colorado’s land grant institution: access to higher education for military veterans and their families; and, environmental stewardship of our state’s natural resources contributing to the state’s green economy sector and goals for renewable energy,” said Bill Doe, associate dean of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources and Veterans Green Jobs board member. “This MOU brings full-circle the inspirational notion that military veterans, who have served the nation in war and peace, will now through CSU, gain the knowledge and skills to serve the environment and the green economy.”

Partnering with academia and private industry, Veterans Green Jobs training programs have resulted in a skilled workforce currently implementing energy efficiency and weatherization measures as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  In 2010, Veterans Green Jobs will launch programs across the United States to train veterans as leaders of market-based initiatives to manage weatherization programs, install solar panels and wind turbines, rebuild and retrofit homes, and replant and restore both urban and wildland environments.  For more information about the programs, visit http://veteransgreenjobs.org/ or contact Kirsten Maynard, (415) 350-4147, kirsten@veteransgreenjobs.org.

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Author: Tracey de Morsella (323 Articles)

Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine, Monster.com, About.com Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine, HR.com, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.