Statewide Newsletter – June 2012

Dear Green Chamber Members and Friends,

There is much to report from May, and we have a much in store for this summer.

This last month, NMGCC president Lawrence Rael and I were invited as part of a NM Business delegation to the White House to discuss New Mexico’s economic recovery with senior advisors in the US Departments of Commerce, Labor and Housing.  White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park gave an outstanding presentation about how the Obama administration is opening government data sources and spurring new applications to promote health, and are moving into energy, transportation, and education.  We are working with the White House Business Council on an effort to bring Mr. Park to New Mexico in the fall.

Marcilynn Burke

On May 17th, NMGCC and PositiveEnergy co-hosted a business roundtable with Marcilynn Burke Acting Assistant Secretary for the Department of the Interior, who outlined the administration’s effort to responsibly open public lands to renewable energy development.

Our Public Regulation Commission Forums in Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque at the beginning of May enabled NMGCC businesses to ask direct and important renewable, efficiency, and regulatory questions to PRC candidates.  Whoever you favor, be sure to get out and vote on June 5th.

This month we kick off a commercial recycling campaign in cooperation with the NM Recycling Coalition that will offer workshops across New Mexico and show businesses how to reduce their waste and reduce their costs.  Next month, we partner with the NM Business Weekly for a full-day Sustainable Business Summit with a keynote speech by Intel’s Corporate Responsibility Director Michael Jacobson and a full-day of presentations and workshops on how to green your business.

Check out our Taos, Silver City, Las Cruces, and Albuquerque chapters for details about new local initiatives–cash mobs, monthly mixers, as well as green drinks and workshops.  As we stand up our Santa Fe chapter, we continue to look for steering committee members.

As always, thank you so much to our renewing members such as Sunspot Solar, Bigelow Construction, Ken Miyagishima Insurance as well as new members such as Sun Zia, Build Green New Mexico, Element Power, Lisa William, and all other new members.

Stay tuned to NMGCC activities, more is on the way.

Allan Oliver
CEO, NM Green Chamber of Commerce

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