Growing Green Jobs for Vets
Training veterans in urban forestry provides them with job skills and a potential career. It also helps Denver get a little closer to its goal of planting 1 million trees.
One of the goals of Greenprint Denver, the city's sustainability initiative, is to plant a million trees before the year 2025. With about a fifth of that total planted so far, some of Denver's military veterans could help add 4,600 more towards the city's goal. The city is working with the nonprofit Veterans Green Jobs to support the Veterans City Canopy, a program providing homeless veterans the opportunity to start a career in urban forestry. After two weeks of training, the vets canvassed Denver neighborhoods, offering homeowners a free tree to be planted on their property. That way, homeowners can reap the benefits of its shade, potentially lowering cooling bills. For every tree the group plants, the city provides money to Veterans Green Jobs to compensate the participating vets. In addition, the program's manager is working with landscapers all over Colorado to help hire these vets after the program ends.