WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2013 – As Veterans Day nears, 12 military veterans were honored for their achievements in advancing clean energy and climate security at a White House event yesterday.
The celebration honored these “champions of change,” who perform “extraordinary work” to advance clean energy and increase climate resilience and preparedness in their communities, White House officials said in a statement. Following military duty, the statement continued, the 12 veterans continued to use their specialized skills and experiences to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy, made communities more resilient to climate change effects, and improved national energy security.
It is appropriate to recognize the 12 innovators as Veterans Day approaches, said Sharon E. Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, and to honor the veterans who “came home and turned their hands to the hard business of building peace.”
Many veterans see a strong link between their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan and their commitment to energy security, Burke said. read more>>>