The relationship between green jobs and military veterans continues. Yesterday the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service announced a new grant competition for programs that prepare our nation’s veterans for green careers.

The $2 million grant competition is part of the DOL’s Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program and is designed to help foster career training for veterans. The focus of these training programs will need to be in one of seven energy efficiency and renewable energy categories:

  • Energy-efficient building, construction and retrofits
  • Renewable electric power
  • Energy-efficient and advanced drivetrain vehicles
  • Biofuels
  • Deconstruction and materials use
  • Residential energy efficiency assessments
  • Manufacturers that produce sustainable products using environmentally sustainable processes and materials
Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis recently commented on the importance of this program. “We have an obligation to our service men and women to do everything we can to help them transition smoothly into civilian life. These grants will not only help our veterans, they will provide an invaluable service to a burgeoning part of our economy. Veterans deserve good jobs, and green jobs are good jobs.” Source: DOL

More information about this grant opportunity can be found on the DOL Veterans’ Employment & Training Service website.