Chris and Jon in Iraq
Chris Boggiano (left) and his brother Jon in Iraq in 2004. (Photo: Courtesy of Everblue)

As an active-duty soldier in Iraq in the early 2000s, Chris Boggiano grew concerned about U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

Boggiano: “Like many Americans, I realized that a large part of the reason why we were involved in Iraq at all was because of our energy dependence on a number of countries in the Middle East.”

When he left the Army, Boggiano was determined to help the country save energy and transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.

So he and his brother started a company called Everblue that trains people across the U.S. for green building careers. The company provides courses on energy audits, designing and installing solar panels, and green building certification standards.

Boggiano says that being a veteran helps him engage people in careers that promote energy independence and slow climate change.

Boggiano: “When I stand in front of a group of people, and I tell them that climate change isn’t something about Republicans versus Democrats, it’s a national security issue – the military cares about climate change because the consequences and the instability caused by climate change are going to involve our military in all sorts of difficult situations in the years and decades ahead – and all of a sudden the same group of people in the room are all just Americans who care about their country and want what’s best for their country.”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Samantha Harrington

Samantha Harrington, director of audience experience for Yale Climate Connections, is a journalist and graphic designer with a background in digital media and entrepreneurship. Sam is especially interested...