About Us

Mission:

The New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce creates new opportunities for business by advocating on behalf of renewable energy, strengthening local economies, and seizing the green business advantage. Our members believe in investing in people, protecting our air, land and water, and creating long-term profits. We are where profits and values meet.

Vision:

The New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce (NMGCC) and its local chapters are a coalition of businesses and organizations dedicated to building healthy economies in New Mexico’s diverse communities.

  • Building Strong Local Economies: Through programs such as Think Local First, the NMGCC promotes locally owned, independent businesses that contribute to strong local economies. Locally owned businesses recycle a higher percentage of profits back into the local economy.  Local businesses keep taxes in our community to support schools, parks, police, fire departments, etc.
  • Supporting Green Business Practices: New Mexico’s businesses can contribute to a sustainable future by greening the way that business is done. Through the development of a NMGCC Green Certification program, we hope to provide businesses with resources and steps to make their business more energy efficient thus reducing expenses for business owners and reducing the business’ carbon footprint. This will ultimately improve the quality of life in our communities. Our Annual Recycling Recognition program is designed to recognize both large and small businesses who have excelled at reducing waste. The Recycling Recognition Awards are held in each of our active chapters around America Recycles Day, November 15th.
  • Promoting Green Businesses to Consumers: The NMGCC offers extensive advertising and promotional opportunities to businesses that participate in the Green Business Practices and Think Local First Programs. In addition, our online business directory serves as a clearinghouse of information for consumers. Attracting consumers to local and green businesses will encourage sustainable economic development by keeping money in the community as opposed to money leaking to out of state shareholders.
  • Creating Economic Development with Clean Energy: The NMGCC seeks to position New Mexico as a leader in creating jobs and investment in New Mexico’s economy with clean, renewable energy. New Mexico is ranked 2nd in the nation for solar potential, 12th for wind potential, and has vast untapped geothermal and biomass resources. The NMGCC is working to promote policies and practices that will create jobs and investment in New Mexico’s local economies through clean energy development.
  • Growing Small Businesses: In 2006, small employers in New Mexico accounted for 96.2% of the state’s employers and 57.0% of its private-sector employment. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce: Bureau of the Census.) Recognizing the importance of small business development, the NMGCC is a strong advocate for the interests, development, and growth of small businesses in NM.

History

The New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce (NMGCC) was established in Las Cruces, New Mexico in March 2010 with the goal of promoting strong local economies fueled by New Mexico-owned, independent businesses. Early on, the NMGCC saw incredible enthusiasm from the independent business community in areas throughout the state. The Las Cruces Chapter was quickly followed by the Southwest Chapter, which is administered out of Silver City. By the end of 2010, the NMGCC had established an affiliate chapter in Santa Fe through an association with the Santa Fe Business Alliance.

The NMGCC found a desire coming from businesses to green the way they do business – to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce costs through energy efficiency, to support other local businesses, and to have the opportunity to advertise as a green business. By promoting small, independent, locally owned business development, the NMGCC began strengthening local economies through the “multiplier effect” – money spent locally stays in the community it is originally spent in, increasing the local tax base and directing money to local economic development.

In response, the NMGCC initiated Think Local First campaigns in Las Cruces and Silver City and began to develop a Green Certification program, designed to provide businesses with the education and resources to save money by being greener.

In 2011, the NMGCC continued to grow the state office was established in Albuquerque and chapters were formed in Albuquerque and Taos. The NMGCC began advocacy work in the 2011 session and quickly established itself as a voice for local business and renewable energy in the state legislature. NMGCC leadership was also invited to Washington DC to discuss the future of green job creation and clean energy policy with senior White House officials. In the September 2011, the NMGCC hosted their first Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Conference in Las Cruses and released their first Renewable Energy Policy Platform.
The Green Chamber is working tirelessly as an advocate for sustainable and renewable energy focused businesses. By working with policy makers to support the development and expansion of triple bottom line businesses, the Green Chamber is strengthening New Mexico’s economic future.

Currently, there are new chapters sprouting across the state with steering committees forming Northeast (Las Vegas), Northwest (Gallup), and Southeast Chapters.

Structure

The New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce (NMGCC) is a 501 (c) (6) non-profit organization.

As a state organization we advocate for policies and legislation that reflects our mission and the values of our membership. Being part of a statewide organization allows our chapters to belong to a larger community of businesses with a stronger voice advocating in the state capital for sustainable business in our cities, towns, and rural areas. The NMGCC is a member of the American Sustainable Business Council.

The New Mexico Green Chamber is made up of eight regional chapters at varying stages of development and representing a variety of communities. All chapters operate under the mission of the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce and while working towards the similar goals of advocating for renewable energy, strengthening local economies, and seizing the green business advantage, their focus will vary throughout the different regions as an indication of the diversity that exists in New Mexico. Chapters of the NMGCC are members of The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).

Partnerships

The New Mexico Green Chamber is proud to work with the organizations below.