We aim to create new opportunities for business by advocating on behalf of renewable energy, strengthening local economies and seizing the green business advantage.
The Southwest NM Green Chamber of Commerce is focused on putting small business first with solid, sensible policies that promote and benefit local businesses and our communities! Our members are a mix of locally owned businesses and those striving to make Southwest NM a more exciting and vibrant place.
The mission of the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce is to support and connect locally-owned businesses dedicated to building Sustainable Economy Communities. The Green Chamber strives to be the voice of responsible business. Additionally, the Green Chamber advocates for renewable energy development on a national, regional, and local level.
“Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.”
– Ralph Bicknese, U.S. Green Building Council
Sustainable Economy Communities are communities that produce and exchange locally as many products needed by their citizens as they reasonably can, while reaching out to other communities to trade fairly in those products they cannot produce at home. These communities value their unique character and encourage cultural exchange and cooperation.
For the Green Chamber of Commerce, business success is being redefined as that which balances People and Profit with the Planet we live on. We work to bridge community cultural divides, and on a community grass-roots level, to stimulate LOCAL food, energy, and jobs for developing and maintaining sustainable communities for all.
Cultural sustainability is an important aspect of our community. The New Mexico Tamale Festival, now called Tamal Fiesta y Más, was begun in 2011 by the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with The Volunteer Center and community leaders who understood the importance of preserving and celebrating the Hispanic heritage of Silver City and Grant County. Now the Village of Santa Clara continues this tradition of cultural sustainability.