The Green Mechanical Council has announced its partnership with the Veterans Green-Jobs Alliance and Bioliberty to launch the first of three national pilot projects in Louisiana to develop "green" education and training programs for U.S. military service veterans.

Green jobs are those in the rapidly emerging fields of renewable energy, green building technologies, sustainable resource management and a variety of other fields emphasizing environmental, economic and social sustainability.

The Louisiana pilot project includes special emphasis on training in disaster preparedness, relief and rebuilding, and integrating renewable energy systems such as biodiesel production. Veteran participants receive intensive 6-9 month training, leading to certification in their chosen field. 

The Veterans Green-Jobs Alliance will provide support services during and after the program including health, career, and employment networking. 

Outstanding participants will be invited to serve as team leaders in second year training programs that are planned in 6-12 additional sites around the country. The Louisiana pilot project will be based out of the Lower Ninth Ward Village Community Center. 

The facilities being constructed and renovated will incorporate a range of renewable energy features, including solar water heating systems, photovoltaic systems, local biodiesel production and geothermal heating and cooling systems.