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There are many opportunities available to veterans in the green building sector.

Feature photo courtesy American University, by Jeff Watts.

On Veteran’s Day, USGBC honors those who have served at home and abroad in the U.S. military. Hundreds of thousands of veterans are continuing to serve their communities in the energy efficiency sector, building a stronger and more sustainable future.

USGBC has tools, programs and resources available to veterans to help their transition and foster integration into the building and real estate sectors. In light of the connection between buildings and health, USGBC’s flagship LEED rating system also includes health-focused credits.

In 2013, USGBC helped found Green Veterans, a program that provides opportunities in the green building sector, including free on-the-job training and facilitation of apprenticeships that help create job pathways. Green Vets has four focus areas: reintegration, sustainability training, service projects with other veterans-oriented groups and trauma resolution.

At the federal level, the Department of Veterans Affairs will reimburse veterans for some or all of the cost of exams for the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty credentials. These credentials indicate proficiency in the most recent sustainable design, construction and operations standards, and have applications across multiple sectors of the economy.

Green careers are growing, and people are needed to contribute their skills and passion. In fact, a recent report showed that 2.3 million U.S. workers are employed in energy efficiency. The energy efficiency and green building sectors allow vets to continue their invaluable contributions to their country, while building a more sustainable future.

Learn more about VA certification benefits