White House to Honor Veterans as Champions of Change for Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security on Tuesday

champions of changeOn Tuesday, Nov. 5, just days before Veterans Day, the White House will honor 12 local heroes as Champions of Change. The event will celebrate American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are doing extraordinary work to advance clean energy and increase climate resilience and preparedness in their communities.

In a Presidential Proclamation on National Energy Action Month, President Obama challenged the Nation to build a clean energy economy and increase energy security. Noting that we now import less oil than at any point in the past 20 years, the President stressed the need to keep moving forward to protect these gains and fuel growth for decades to come. Additionally, the President’s Climate Action Plan maps out a way to drive advancements in the energy sector, add thousands of jobs to strengthen the American economy, and lead efforts to address climate change globally. The President has stated that developing clean energy technology and preparing for the effects of climate change are crucial to ensuring America’s continued growth and the health of future generations.

Upon returning home from service, many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have continued to utilize their specialized skills and experiences to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy, make communities more resilient to the effects of climate change and improve our nation’s energy security. Through the course of this event, these Champions will share their stories and details about their work.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

The event is closed to press but will be live streamed on the White House website.

To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 10 a.m. ET/11 a.m. CT/12 noon MT/1 p.m. PT on Tuesay. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program or to nominate a Champion for a future event, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

Elizabeth “Liz” Perez-Halperin is the President and Founder of GC Green Incorporated, a green building general contracting and consulting firm. GC Green works to broaden the outreach and impact of the green economy by promoting education, training, apprenticeship, and project placement opportunities in energy efficiency and renewable energy systems for veterans and other displaced workers in California. Since its founding in 2010, GC Green has served more than 1,300 individuals by providing training in the renewable energy industry, teaching entrepreneurship skills, and providing clean technology industry job placement assistance. Liz is a passionate advocate for clean energy and national security and she is involved with Operation Free, a nationwide coalition of veterans and national security experts who advocate for securing America with clean energy.  Prior to starting GC Green, Liz served in the U.S. Navy for over eight years as an Aviation Logistics Specialist and was discharged honorably as a Wounded Warrior Veteran.

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