Jordan Macha Gulf States Representative, Sierra Club
Jordan Macha is the Gulf States Representative for Sierra Club based in New Orleans. For the past two years, Jordan has worked to move Louisiana beyond coal-fired power and encourage the investment in clean, alternative energy. In 2009, she worked with community groups to encourage Entergy to move beyond coal and cancel their proposed Little Gypsy coal-fired power plant. In 2010, Jordan worked with the Louisiana Public Service Commission to adopt a Renewable Portfolio Standard pilot program, the first in the Deep South. Currently, she is working with the Louisiana Public Service Commission to develop an Energy Efficiency program to help fund weatherization and energy efficiency projects across Louisiana. The Sierra Club has worked extensively in New Orleans developing weatherization projects since Hurricane Katrina and would like to see similar programs across the State. In the Gulf, she is working with impacted communities from the BP oil disaster to help ensure restoration to the region.
What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.
Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)
Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.