Staff conducts home energy efficiency audits. (Photos: Courtesy of Sean Collins)

When Sean Collins got out of the Army last year, he set off to backpack around the world. It was a lifelong dream, but …

Collins: “I made it about three months before I felt like I was completely worthless and not actually being of value to the world.”

As a soldier, Collins had become more concerned about the dangers of climate change.

Collins: “Starvation. There will be wars over resources. There’s going to be refugees.”

So he cut his trip short and came home, determined to make a difference. Back in Nashville, he and another veteran launched Revive Energy, a company that provides home energy audits.

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Collins: “Improving home performance is such an easy improvement to make towards our contributions to climate change, and so it just seemed like a very logical move.”

Better energy efficiency also lowers utility bills and makes homes healthier and more comfortable.

Collins says he now has a new sense of purpose. And as Revive Energy grows, Collins and his business partner plan to hire other veterans transitioning to civilian life.

Collins: “For both of us, it was a pretty rocky change, so anything we can do to ease that for veterans as they come out, that’s something we’d like to do.”

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.

Sara Peach

Sara Peach is the Senior Editor of Yale Climate Connections. She is an environmental journalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, Environmental Health News, Grist, and...