Memorial Day -- Thanks to Our Troops and Green Veterans
West Palm Beach, FL (May 22, 2019) Memorial Day is an important time to reflect on the men and women who have sacrificed so much for us while serving in the US Armed Forces. It's a solemn US holiday that reminds us that freedom is never free, including the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of devotion to protect and defend our country's ideals.
The Spinnaker Group salutes and honors all of those who have served in our military, including members of our own Spinnaker team.
The Spinnaker Group also recognizes on this special
day the USGBC's Green Veterans Program, which was
started in 2013 by a disabled combat veteran and
Jonathan Burgess, president of Spinnaker. Today, the
Chair of that volunteer program is another Spinnaker
team member (and veteran), Edel Travieso, a
commissioning agent for the company.
The USGBC's Green Veterans program is dedicated to
helping our nation's heroes learn about sustainable
building and green living, while at the same time helping ease the hardship of military-to-civilian transition. By empowering veterans to be volunteer leaders in their communities, the initiative's goals are to nurture opportunities for continuing education, networking, employment, corporate engagement and green entrepreneurship.
"From our beginnings, we looked to empower veterans, helping them reintegrate into society through our green-building movement," said Travieso. "How can we provide veterans with the credentials and experience needed to be successful in clean energy, sustainable construction, health, wellness and other industries? What can we do to make a tangible difference to the USA's 25,000 service facilities and 20 million dwelling units housing veterans? And lastly, are we not the natural community to raise awareness that high-performing, healthy buildings can and will mitigate some of the triggers associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?"
To learn more about the USGBC's Green Veterans Program, visit here. If you are interested in participating, reach out to Edel Travieso here at The Spinnaker Group.