Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of the Green Chamber?

The New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce (NMGCC) works to foster the success of local economies and promote businesses committed to the triple bottom line.

What is the triple bottom line?

The “triple bottom line” is a belief that a successful business looks at three bottom lines: Investing in people, protecting our air, land and water, and creating sustainable profits. The Triple Bottom Line can also be thought of as the 3 P’s: People, Planet, Profit

Who is becoming a part of the Green Chamber?

Local businesses, as well as Clean Energy businesses and other organizations with a green and renewable energy focus are joining with the Green Chamber to strengthen their local economies and create a sustainable and prosperous future.

Why locally owned businesses?

Locally owned, independent, community focused businesses are the cornerstones of our communities and the starting point for real and sustainable economic prosperity.

Why renewable energy?

New Mexico leads the nation in renewable energy potential, but is one of the last states in terms of development. The Green Chamber promotes the use of renewable energy because it is a great source of jobs for New Mexico, and will establish our state as a leader in the clean energy economy of the future.

Who is the Partnership for Responsible Business?

The Partnership for Responsible Business (PRB) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and serves as the educational arm of the Green Chamber. The PRB helps establish NMGCC educational programming like Think Local First, Green Certification, and much more. If you want to know more, visit their website: www.prbnewmexico.org.

What will the Green Chamber do?

  • Create and strengthen networks of locally owned businesses;
  • Develop and promote public policies that enable local businesses to succeed;
  • Champion civic action, social diversity and ecological health;
  • Provide businesses with resources to become more energy efficient and promote businesses working towards a sustainable future; and
  • Promote clean energy as a tool for economic development and job creation in New Mexico communities.

What can member businesses do right now to “go green”?

  • Produce and exchange locally made products;
  • Reach out to nearby communities to trade fairly in those products you cannot produce at home;
  • Support public policies that promote responsible stewardship of our natural environment;
  • Assess the social and environmental impact of the businesses we run, work for, or buy from; Institute a purchasing policy that supports good companies (e.g. recycled or “green” products);
  • Devote a portion of personal assets to making responsible investments;
  • Put your savings into a local bank that will use your money to build stronger small businesses and healthier communities in your area; and
  • Spread the word to other business owners that energy efficiency is good for business.