White House Champions of Change- Veterans Advancing Clean Energy & Climate Security

By Tania Allen

This was my first time attending an event remotely close to the White House, and the fact that it was to recognize work being done by veterans was even more special for me. I was excited!

Entering the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House for the “Veterans Advancing Clean Energy & Climate Security” within a few days from Veterans Day was an honor. It was a reminder of the purpose for the work I do every day, helping veterans to transition from military service into federal employment. A reminder that the experience gained during active duty is easily translatable into the civilian word and that there is lots to be gained.

The honorees included 12 veterans from different branches of the military making a difference in the areas of clean energy and climate security for future generations. The common theme had to do with decreasing our dependence on foreign sources of energy.

 One of the honorees, Captain Adam Cote, was actually calling in to the meeting from Afghanistan. The focus of his company was thermal energy and energy storage technology. This expertise is sure to impact our future generations.

The other honorees included Dave Belote, Robin Eckstein, Philip Green, Avi Jacobson, Kevin Johnson, Joseph Knott, Joseph Kopser, Nat Kreamer, Andrea Marr, Elizabeth Perez-Halperin and Drew Sloan.

The work being done by those within our Agency mirrors the commitments of these honorees. Our commitment to protecting the environment is the mission of our agency and we are fulfilling this mission by increasing our veteran hiring over the years. We have doubled our veteran hiring over the past six years and we continue to improve because we understand the value that our veterans bring to the civilian workforce.

As the honorees proved all a veteran needs is an opportunity. I believe President Barack Obama said it best, “If you can lead a platoon in a war zone, you can lead a team in the board room.”
For more information on the EPA’s Veterans Employment Program, please click HERE.

About the author: Tania Allen serves as the Veterans Employment Program Manager in the Office of Human Resources and Human Capital Management Division for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.