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USGBC New Mexico

P.O. Box 25771
Albuquerque, NM 87125 Map
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The USGBC New Mexico Chapter (USGBC- NM) is a local non-profit with a mission to transform our built environment through education, collaboration and outreach that promotes environmentally responsible practices that are economically and socially beneficial to the community.

Started in 2002, this will be our 13th year bringing green to New Mexico. To celebrate we have embarked on a new mission because we believe that New Mexico will be the healthiest and most sustainable state in our nation. Currently, our biggest effort to reach this goal is our Green Steps for Green Schools program, an environmental education and action initiative created by the USGBC- NM launched in 2014. The program will recognize schools in New Mexico who take annual sustainable steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible.


In Center for Green Schools 10.29.2015

Albuquerque students' Green Apple Day of Service booth yields hundreds of energy savings pledges

Students from the Del Norte High School’s Earth Club in Albuquerque, New Mexico, participated in this year’s Green Apple Day of Service. The DNHS Earth Club, sponsored by biology teacher Jim Butscher, partnered with the state Energy Conservation & Management Division of the Minerals & Natural Resources Department at their display at the opening weekend of the 2015 New Mexico State Fair.

The students had hundreds of fair-goers sign Energy Pledges asking for a commitment to reduce their energy use, and they demonstrated an energy bicycle that produced electricity through pedaling. The bike created energy that provided electricity to light a box comparing incandescent, CFL, and LED light bulbs. This demonstrated kinetically that LED light bulbs are a good choice to reduce energy costs. 

This experience not only provided an opportunity for these students to share their knowledge of energy conservation and efficiency, but it also developed their public speaking and leadership skills while supporting the District’s Water and Energy Conservation Program. The Earth Club has been conducting a lighting audit of their school, as well as designing a butterfly garden that will be planted in the fall.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Water and Energy Conservation program is looking for schools, teachers and students to organize Energy Teams. For more information, email Robert Lazar.

In Community 10.26.2015

Nominations extended for USGBC New Mexico Advisory Board

USGBC New Mexico is extending the deadline for nominations for volunteers to lead our organization as part of the 2016-2017 Advisory Board until Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. There are seven openings for new board members. The Advisory Board serves as the primary leadership voice for USGBC New Mexico, with the following objectives:

  • Market analysis
  • Strategy and annual work planning
  • Market development
  • Fundraising and support
  • Member, volunteer and partner engagement
  • Celebration of local success in LEED and sustainability

Board terms and expectations

Terms are for two years and begin January 1, 2016. Successful candidates will be expected to attend an orientation meeting with fellow incoming members in December 2015. The group meets on a monthly basis. Members do not receive compensation for service.

Nomination criteria

  • Must be an individual member of the USGBC New Mexico or willing to join
  • Must be willing to commit up to 10 hours a month in service of the objectives described above
  • Must be willing to work toward the positive financial development of the chapter
  • Ideal candidates are passionate about the sustainable built environment and its impact on the local community

If you would like be considered for a position on the USGBC New Mexico Market Leadership Advisory Board, please complete the interest survey by 11:59 p.m. EST on Oct. 30, 2015. A nominating committee will assemble a slate of qualified candidates for election by chapter members in November. Contact Ginny Kurrus or Karen Cook with questions.

Complete the interest survey

In Community 10.23.2015

Register for USGBC New Mexico green products and technologies seminar

USGBC New Mexico has partnered with America Training Solutions to provide a Green Building Products & Technologies Seminar on December 1, 2015 at the Doubletree in Albuquerque. The sessions will focus on products that can be used in green, sustainable and LEED-certified building projects for commercial and residential purposes. Attend this complete seminar and earn up to 7 AIA/HSW + 7 GBCI learning units (LU) credits. USGBC-NM members in good standing receive a $15 discount on registration.

Register today—and make sure to indicate you’re a USGBC-NM member for the discount.

USGBC-NM neither endorses or approves manufacturers or products highlighted in the seminar.