The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), a national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry with over 900 member companies, is putting out a call to its grassroots network, Power of Wind, asking for support communicating the economic success of wind power, while also aiding veterans transitioning back to the civilian workforce.
“Wind power is a job-creating engine that’s putting thousands of Americans to work, including many veterans. Our newly elected officials need to know the scope of this opportunity and how they can pass job-creating policies to keep business booming,” says Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA.
“We’re asking Americans who support the growth of renewable wind energy to make a donation to the Power of Wind in the spirit of #GivingTuesday. In turn, AWEA will give back half of each donation to Hire Heroes USA, furthering their efforts placing American veterans in good jobs,” he says.
According to AWEA, the special skills and qualifications that veterans bring to the table are well-suited to wind power careers, enabling the wind industry to be a major employer of the American workforce.
In the spirit of giving and collaboration, AWEA says donations made to Power of Wind for #GivingTuesday will be split with Hire Heroes USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that brings diverse organizations and communities around the world together to give back.
Power of Wind works to educate decision-makers and legislators about the economic opportunity growing wind power presents in terms of American jobs and community investment. Over 88,000 Americans are employed in wind energy, and that number could grow to 380,000 by 2030, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Vision. AWEA says that through smart policies, American workers can continue their work producing homegrown, affordable and clean wind energy.