November 2013

New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce Member Profiles


EXHIB-IT! – A Fast-Growing Trade-Show Marketing Firm

EXHIB-IT! specializes in high-quality trade-show displays and trade-show management. The small Albuquerque-based business with seven full-time employees and 3-5 seasonal contract employees provides a wide range of services, from design, printing and exhibits, to installation, storage and marketing of booths.


Although 72 percent of the products the company offers are sold nationally over the Internet, 71.3 percent of EXHIB-IT!’s expenditures are made locally. The woman who owns EXHIB-IT!, DJ Heckes, says that having a passion for community causes has helped grow EXHIB-IT! globally. Seventy percent of EXHIB-IT!’s product lines are green, including eco-friendly trade-show booths constructed of recycled materials.


Heckes is the author of two books: Full Brain Marketing, and The Noise behind Business. She writes about effective forward-thinking strategies for small businesses and provides a guide to utilizing trade fairs. Heckes also has a blog on her website. She says, “EXHIB-IT! knows how to help businesses by putting their brand to work for them. We make sure our customers stay innovative, unique and creative, all critical for success in the marketplace. We present their message in a way that sets their company apart and drives traffic to their booth when they exhibit at a show.”


EXHIB-IT! Displays, Graphics, Marketing

877-964-1965, local: 505.440.1878,




Nubu Design

Sustainable interior design planning for our changing times


Do your purchases reflect your values? If not, why not? Because it has simply become too complicated? Can you follow the unintended consequences of your purchases? Probably not. Sources of production are remote and mostly unaccountable.


This is where Nubu comes in. Nubu has developed a protocol to help its clients and the interior design industry, based on examining its suppliers for proof of triple-bottom-line business practices. Nubu is constantly seeking better partners, those that balance social justice issues and environmental protection with the need for financial reward. With the awareness of so many negative production impacts, many of the old definitions of “beautiful” have fallen away for Nubu, which refers to this consciousness shift as the “new beautiful” or NUBU.


Nubu’s LEED-credentialed designer Chris Putnam is writing a book on sustainability. Putnam is a founding board member of the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, a group of values-driven, small and local businesses dedicated to a better world through much improved business practices. Rewarding triple-bottom-line businesses is at the core of Putnam-Pritchard Interiors’ Nubu Design initiative.


Nubu Design

3600 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507





RainVessels: If you have one, it will rain.

RainVessels emerge from prototyping and are ready to launch.


RainVessels is the new business venture of Santa Fe architect and custom green homebuilder Bob Kreger of Kreger Design Build, LLC.

When Kreger first learned of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, he joined immediately. “The New Mexico Green Chamber really embraces what is important to me: not just profit, but people and planet too,” he says. “To grow a business and prioritize environmental accountability is just common sense.”

Kreger is always looking for better sustainable solutions. He has patented a unique system that substantially expands opportunities for collecting and storing rainwater and grey water in locations that were never allowed for that purpose before. RainVessels can work with planned developments, design review communities and historic districts coast to coast. The innovative cisterns will work in urban contexts, for rural businesses, industrial, municipal and even government sites.

Unlike disruptive high-liability buried cisterns or ugly above-ground industrial tanks, RainVessels are architecturally enhanced to blend with any building style, and are sized from 600 to 10,000 gallons to match each client’s needs, and they can be insulated up to R-45.

There is no system like it,” Kreeger says. “The design and fabrication processes solve major challenges currently inhibiting wider adoptions of non-potable water.”


RainVessels USA





Southwest Green Building Center

Smarter Products for Better Living


Locally owned and operated Southwest Green Building Center, with 2,000 square feet of showroom and retail space, offers a wide array of healthy, safe, efficient, durable and ecological products. Owner Cathy Kumar stocks non-toxic paints, stains, glues and finishes for every surface; cork, wood, bamboo and Marmoleum flooring; insulation; low-flow water fixtures; LED lamps and organic mattresses. The wide variety of green living products will add value to any home or office. They are presented in a friendly, educational and professional manner. SWGBC is also a recycling center for all rechargeable batteries and cell phones.

Being on the I-25 north corridor provides easy access for Albuquerque, Río Rancho and Santa Fe residents. The center is open 10-6 Monday thru Friday and Saturdays from 10-2 and ships anywhere in the USA. 

Southwest Green Building Center

5620-L Venice Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113





Sol Luna Solar


Sol Luna Solar is a family-run solar company based in Dixon, New Mexico. Sol Luna’s staff, with over 30 years of experience, excels in both photovoltaic and solar thermal radiant/hot water design and installation.


The company began the journey to renewable energy and specifically solar when it started as a small cabinet-making business called Los Ebanistas, Inc. Over the years, owner Mark Johnson developed a successful custom homebuilding business, with a main focus on sustainable building practices. This included installing some of the first solar greenhouses in northern New Mexico and constructing homes that were highly energy efficient.


Los Ebanistas started installing solar thermal radiant and solar hot water systems in the custom homes it was building as a way to offset natural gas and propane costs. These systems became so efficient that in recent years Los Ebanistas has installed them in every home the company has built.


With renewable-energy demand rising, Johnson decided to create a segment of the business to handle solar installation; thus Sol Luna Solar was born. The mission was clear: create reliable energy solutions for more homes and businesses, and do it using the same competitive pricing and transparency that had been achieved over the years in custom homebuilding.


Sol Luna sets out to exceed expectations, not just meet them. The company has a very successful record. Their construction background has allowed these contractors to operate a full-service company with licenses in solar, general construction, mechanical (plumbing) and electrical. Sol Luna is unique in that the company can perform all of its services in-house, limiting the cost and need for sub-contractors.


Sol Luna Solar looks forward to continuing to be an active participant in the growth of solar as a means of not only providing jobs, but also of helping produce sustainable communities that will grow and thrive for many years to come.


Sol Luna Solar – 575.770.7042,,


Renewable Taos and Sol Luna Solar are sponsoring a free public discussion moderated by Roberta Salazar, executive director of Rivers and Birds, on Nov. 7, 6-9 pm at the KTAOS Solar Center. “Renewable Energy in North-central New Mexico” will feature Luis Reyes, William Brown, Nichole Koontz and Mark Johnson. RSVP: 575.770.7042




Consolidated Solar Technologies


The owners of locally owned and operated Consolidated Solar Technologies (CST) believe that, with the power of the sun, they have an opportunity to equip communities with the technology and products necessary to achieve energy independence and help secure the environmental health of our state.


In addition to its Albuquerque facility, the company has two new store locations, in Santa Fe and Las Cruces. The CST team has great expertise to facilitate the professional design, engineering, installation and monitoring of residential, commercial and utility-scale photovoltaic solar systems across New Mexico.


CST helps people save money on electric costs when they convert to solar. The Union of Concerned Scientists found that by 2020, the utilization of renewable energy in this country is projected to save $190 million in electricity and natural gas bills.


Investment in New Mexico’s renewable-energy industry has the potential to create thousands of green jobs. To promote clean-electricity production, CST fosters strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations such as the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce. Through internships, CST also provides opportunities for youth to learn and utilize the principles of sustainability and environmentally friendly practices.


Consolidated Solar Technologies—Albuquerque: 505.792.6359; Las Cruces: 575.305.3028; Santa Fe: 505.982.9044,




NetSolar Homes

Las Cruces-based NetSolar Homes has demonstrated its commitment to the triple bottom line. NetSolar is breaking new ground with its LEED Platinum-certified solar homes in Metro Verde, a master-planned community. To date, every home built by NetSolar in Metro Verde has already been awarded LEED Platinum or has met all requirements and is anticipated to achieve this highest designation offered by the US Green Building Council.

NetSolar Homes owners Javier Cabrera and Emmanuel Dominguez are dedicated to making all the green-built benefits of LEED Platinum-certified homes available to homebuyers at prices that are comparable to other homes that lack the energy efficiency, solar photovoltaic systems, water savings and superior indoor air quality that their homes offer. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) indices of these homes range from 21 to 29 and promise to save homeowners thousands of dollars on their utility bills each year.


NetSolar Construction LLC





Positive Energy Solar


Positive Energy Solar (PES) has added solar to thousands of homes and businesses in New Mexico since 1997. The demand for solar today is greater than ever before. More and more people are realizing that solar saves them money, fixes long-term energy costs and helps the environment, all at the same time. People choose Positive Energy Solar because of its highly qualified team, and because it’s a local, values-based business committed to community, customers, employees and sustainable business practices.


It is PES’s practice to provide the highest quality solar products and installation services. As documented on the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners’ website (, PES has an abundance of nationally certified installers and sales advisors. Every job it does has either a residential or commercial electrician on hand to ensure the quality of the work. You can see what its customers have to say at


Only Solar B-Corp in New Mexico

PES is the only solar company in New Mexico that is a certified benefit corporation. PES has been evaluated by a third party and certified as being beneficial to the community, the environment, its customers and employees.

PES’s Beneficial Practices:

  • Recycling cardboard, paper, aluminum, glass, wire, metal scraps and batteries—Top Business Recycler Award 2012 from the NMGCC
  • Materials are sourced locally first
  • Energy conservation and carbon footprint is offset 100 percent
  • Offices are solar powered
  • Supports local and state legislation to promote renewable energy
  • Pays a portion of health insurance costs for employees
  • Guarantees 100 percent customer satisfaction
  • Evaluates products for lifecycle impacts


Solar Panels Deliver ‘More Power For Life’™

As a SunPower® Elite dealer, PES says that it installs the most efficient solar panels available. SunPower® is advertised as the only solar panel manufacturer that offers a 25-year product and production warranty, which not only covers product replacement; it pays for shipping and labor as well.


Drive Green for Life™

As a result of the momentum behind electric cars and the importance of solar to help offset the electric charging cost at homes and offices, PES has a partnership with Chalmers Capitol Ford Lincoln to promote a net-zero lifestyle and help their solar customers switch over to driving gas-free. For many people, this makes it possible to go into town, run errands, and still be well under the approximately 75 miles before needing to recharge.


Join the Solar Movement

PES has financing partners who can help you go solar for $0 down. To request a free home solar evaluation and quote, call:


Positive Energy Solar—855.344.8931,




PPC Solar – Taos, New Mexico

PPC Solar, a second-generation Taos solar electric installer with a branch in Colorado Springs, Colo., is ranked number 86 on the Solar Power World 2013 Top 250 solar contractors list for the US, and number 2 in New Mexico. The list ranks applicants according to influence in the residential, commercial and utility solar-installation markets, and includes companies small and large, privately owned and publicly traded. With 10 employees, PPC Solar qualified for its ranking by installing 3.45 megawatts in 2012, with 5 MW installed since its founding in 1979. Its most recent utility project is a 1.5-MW single-axis tracking system for Blue Sky Energy in Taos.

PPC has built a reputation for excellence,” says Frank Andorka, editorial director of Solar Power World. “Their obvious humility and passion for solar is exactly what this industry needs. Many companies applied, and not all made the list. The team at PPC should be proud.”


Paradise Power Company / PPC Solar

1036 Reed Lane, Unit A, Taos, NM 87571





Sunspot Solar – Las Cruces, New Mexico

Locally owned and operated Sunspot Solar Energy has been recognized among the nation’s top solar energy contractors by Solar Power World magazine in its September 2013 issue. Ranked by total amount of megawatts installed in 2012, Sunspot was number 40 among residential contractors nationwide, and the highest-ranked New Mexico-based residential contractor on the list. “Solar energy is expanding in popularity and consumer acceptance,” said Mellow Honek, owner of Sunspot. “We work hard to deliver outstanding value and service, and the results keep showing up.”


The company works with each business and homeowner to determine their energy usage and requirements. Then Sunspot designs a system that fits the aesthetics of the location and the client’s budget. Once installed, the owner is paid for all the electricity the system produces, and even the amount used, through El Paso Electric Company’s Renewable Energy Credit.


Sunspot is a valuable member of the community, actively supporting many area events and organizations. The company uses racking systems made in New Mexico. Every solar system installed includes a monitoring system to inspect the system’s performance remotely through a web browser.


Sunspot Solar Energy





Wentz Electric—Silver City, NM

Wentz Electric is a trusted name for quality, energy-efficient electrical and solar PV systems for homes and businesses. In business in Silver City, NM since 1987, Wenz Electric has built numerous electrical systems for custom homes and remodels, and has built over 60 solar PV systems for grid-tied, stand-alone or hybrid capability, using conventional or building-integrated installation techniques and equipment.


Craig Wentz, the owner and master electrician, has over 35 years of experience in residential and industrial electrical work, is a NABCEP-certified PV installation professional, and is a member of the American Solar Energy Association and the NM Solar Energy Association.


The company works to help improve the community by making people aware of the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy, by recycling building and office waste, by buying NM-made products and by training the next generation of NM green electrical workers.


Wentz Electric Company, LLC

P.O. Box 5129, Silver City, NM 88062, 575.388.1727




EarthGift Herbals


Holistic, sustainable, eco-friendly: all buzzwords in the new green economy. These words mean nothing unless they actually solve a problem; at least so says founder of The EarthGift Group, Asaera Patricia Coté. She has a solution she thinks can help a lot of people.


Because of her own sensitive skin she started a handcrafted soap company many years ago in the mountains east of Albuquerque. Her soaps have garnered a loyal national following because of their skin-softening and moisturizing emolliency. The key ingredient to these spa-quality soaps is sunflower oil. And herein lies both problem and solution.


EarthGift’s oil currently comes from other parts of the country. Coté is keenly aware of both the economic and ecological costs of transporting raw ingredients. Like many fellow members of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, EarthGift strives to buy locally and leave a minimal manufacturing footprint. Coté looked for sustainable local source of sunflower oil. After a little research, she discovered that the entire Estancia Basin was once covered in sunflowers that farmers tilled under for bean and alfalfa production. She also discovered there is a migration toward the Southwest for sunflower oilseed production. Coté thought, “Why not create a new industry to help New Mexico’s farmers and create jobs for our local community?”


To that end EarthGift Herbals has worked with federal, state, municipal and local rural authorities, including EVEDA (Estancia Valley Economic Development Association), to analyze the soil, water, seed and economic conditions necessary for viable sunflower farming and oil-seed processing. Though still in the exploratory phases “The New Mexico Sunflower Project” has gathered together a group of organic farms, growers, artists, restaurant owners, personal-care product manufacturers and technical professionals to create support for an ecologically based economic development project. Given enough imagination, political will and funding, many different businesses and jobs could be established.


The draw of working with the sunflower is its versatility. It is essentially a zero-waste plant. Farming sunflowers can be used in rotation to improve soil health and greater yields of other crops. The oil, once processed, is an excellent zero-trans-fat cooking oil with high-heat qualities similar to peanut oil but without allergens. Sunflower oil can also be used as feedstock for other processed food products, especially those that currently use unhealthy and unsustainable palm oil. The mash residue from the oil processing can be turned into range cakes for cattle and seed cakes for birds. The stalks, stems and flowers can be shredded for agricultural mulch, livestock bedding and feed roughage, as well as for pulp in paper production.


Growing sunflowers and having them dot the landscape is a beautification that enlivens the soul,” says Coté. “It could also create economic development to sustain the East Mountain rural communities through agritourism and attract additional artistic interest to our region. It also helps me as a merchant and resident to go beyond just business and reach out to create healthy community. Nothing can be more sustaining than that.”


EarthGift Herbals

3620 Wyoming NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111

505.281.8588 or 505 288.2233




GreenClean – A Local Company

Founded in 2010 in Albuquerque, GreenClean is a small business that promotes itself as the only janitorial service in New Mexico with LEED-accredited professionals managing all operations. GreenClean puts a strong emphasis on quality and sustainable practices. Its commitment to the environment includes continual attention to its own facility.

Harmful chemicals in cleaning products, some of the worst created, are unknowingly used every day by people, even many who are environmentally mindful. Rough cleaning chemicals may do more damage to the people exposed to them than to the material being cleaned. GreenClean uses products that are human-, pet- and earth-friendly and contain no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) or ozone-depleting substances. The company only uses products with certifications such as Green Seal, DfE (Designed for the Environment) or CRI (Carpet & Rug Institute).

GreenClean operates in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas, offering a range of facility maintenance services such as janitorial, carpet cleaning, upholstery, pressure washing, etc.

GreenClean Janitorial LLC – 505.385.8383,




Black Range Lodge – An Eco-retreat in the Gila

In a creek-fed valley of the Gila National Forest in southern New Mexico, the historic Black Range Lodge has long offered visitors a green getaway. Nearby hiking, biking and bird-watching options abound, including the spectacular Crest Trail, which leads through the Aldo Leopold Wilderness to the fire lookout at Hillsboro Peak. And recent additions to the lodge itself have expanded its appeal to the eco-adventurer.


Located in Kingston, a former mining boom town three hours southwest of Albuquerque, the Black Range Lodge is solidly built from local stones and ponderosa pine. More than 20 years ago, the current owner, Catherine Wanek, began experimenting with permaculture: planting fruit trees, grapes and berries, sheet-mulching the garden and raising chickens. Then she built a solar straw-bale greenhouse, for winter heat and vegetables. Gradually, Wanek transformed the grounds into a productive and edible landscape, and developed the lodge as a demonstration center for natural building.


Natural building, an ideal approach for the do-it-yourself owner-builder, utilizes local materials in construction and emphasizes energy-efficient design. Stone, earth, local lumber and straw are low-cost materials that, when combined with passive solar design, can create comfortable living spaces with a minimum of fossil fuel input.


Since 1995, the Lodge has offered straw-bale-, cob- and plastering workshops, and the construction of a new passive-solar classroom is expanding the facility’s potential for eco-education. The classroom is a 600-sq.-ft. flexible meeting space for up to 35 people. Groups may book the lodge and classroom for their own events. Beginning in the spring of 2014, Wanek plans to utilize the outdoor landscape for a natural building and permaculture tour once a month.


Open all year as a nature-oriented bed & breakfast, the Lodge invites guests to relax, restore and explore the nearby Gila, the world’s first designated wilderness. Comfortable guest rooms and suites offer private baths and balconies, and a healthy breakfast in the morning, with fresh-baked bread, home-cooked eggs, organic coffee and much more. The lodge is family- and pet-friendly. Amenities include a free game room, a movie library, a guest computer, and, of course, free wi-fi. Restful activities include stargazing from the hot tub, receiving a therapeutic massage, or just curling up with a book in a quiet nook. If you are looking for a quiet retreat off the beaten path, consider staying at the Black Range Lodge.


Black Range Lodge

119 Kingston Main Street, Hillsboro, NM 88042





The Foundation for Las Cruces Museums Keeps the Fabric of Southern NM Vibrant


The Foundation for Las Cruces Museums (FLCM), a nonprofit organization, is committed to the community and culture of the Las Cruces region of southern New Mexico.


Four Smithsonian-affiliated museums in the area—the Branigan Cultural Center, the Museum of Art, the Museum of Nature & Science and the Railroad Museum—offer exceptional exhibits, programs and classes relevant to the culturally diverse Southwest, enriching the experiences of residents and visitors.


As a membership-based group providing resources, volunteer efforts and advocacy for the museums, the Foundation also creates public and financial support and works to increase community attendance at the museums and advocate for legislation and appropriations.


Because the museum system is part of the municipal government, the programming is subject to the availability of tax revenue. The museums often have limited resources to accomplish their missions and visions, so the Foundation assists by generating fundraising events and encouraging gifts and endowments.


Although exhibits at the museums often coincide with current curricula, some schools cannot afford to rent buses for the half-day field trip. One of the foundation’s most recent projects was the launching of a pilot program to provide buses for children in the Las Cruces Public Schools system in an effort to encourage museum access to school-aged children.


The Foundation also recently purchased signage for the Museum of Nature & Science (also known as MoNaS, celebrating its first anniversary this November). Last month, the energy-efficient LED architectural lettering sign was installed, keeping with the theme of MoNaS and sustainability that began with the building’s design conception. The final wind turbines were also recently installed on the Water Street side, adding to MoNaS’ effort to become an exhibit of sustainability within itself.


The Foundation’s mission is to ensure the museums remain a vibrant piece of the fabric of Las Cruces. To become a member, visit,, or email:


Foundation for Las Cruces Museums

PO Box 2783, Las Cruces, NM 88004-2783,




The New Mexico Environmental Law Center


On any given day you may read an article in your local press about fights to protect New Mexico’s water, air and land from pollution, and preserve the public’s right to have a say in government decisions that affect their everyday health and well-being.


These articles may or may not mention, by name, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC). The Law Center is a nonprofit, public-interest law firm that provides free and low-cost legal representation to underserved communities throughout the state, working to protect public health, natural resources, quality of life, traditional lifeways and sacred places. The Law Center also fights for the voice of citizens throughout New Mexico to be heard in rulemaking decisions that affect their health and environment.


The NMELC represents a broad spectrum of clients, including grassroots groups, tribal and county governments, and environmental and social justice organizations. Most of the communities served have few financial resources, and more than 50 percent of its clients are members of Native American and/or Hispanic communities. Its work is made possible by private foundation grants and by contributions from individuals and families who are dedicated to protecting this beautiful state.


Whether it’s an extended effort to prevent the copper-mining industry from polluting New Mexico’s groundwater, an ongoing battle against renewed uranium mining on Native lands, or a fight against massive water speculation in the state, the NMELC does not shy away from taking on industrial giants and the state’s own government, when necessary.


Since its founding 25 years ago, the NMELC has worked with communities to keep oil and gas drilling out of the Galisteo Basin; helped return sacred lands to the people of Picuris Pueblo so they could keep making traditional micaceous pottery using local materials, and negotiated the transfer of land to create the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens’ Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve.


The Law Center is the most important environmental organization in New Mexico today. It has credibility with the Legislature, credibility with communities, and it takes on the right issues,” according to former New Mexico State Rep. Antonio Lujan.


With its members’ and funders’ support, the Law Center will continue to work for decades to come to protect the natural and cultural resources unique to New Mexico. A video on the Law Center’s work, entitled “A Big Damn Deal,” can be found at


The New Mexico Environmental Law Center





New Water Innovations

New Water Innovations is a small Santa Fe-based business with over 20 years of experience providing chemical-free water treatment solutions to residential, commercial and government clients. NWI’s HydroFlow system can be the solution for lime scale, bacteria, algae, filtration enhancement and corrosion reduction.

There are other environmental and financial benefits, including: reduction in electricity and water heating equipment usage; reduction or elimination of chemical usage, safety precautions and chemical disposal; non-intrusive installation, no change to the existing footprint and no plumbing alterations; average return-on-investment is less than two years.


New Water Innovations

1512 Pacheco St., Ste. C-104, Santa Fe, NM 87505





Anne La Lopa/Water Lady

Anne La Lopa/Water Lady has been a small woman-owned business for 15 years, treating hard water in a green way. Zeta Core catalytic water conditioners treat hard water without salt or chemicals. The Zeta Core eliminates scale buildup. There is no maintenance and a 10-year warranty.

La Lopa’s customers include San Juan Community College, the New Mexico State Capitol, Río Grande Community Farms, the Village of Melrose, and she has numerous commercial, agricultural and residential clients.


Anne La Lopa/Water Lady





The Climate Change Leadership Institute

Encouraging Local Leadership


Santa Fe Carbon Offset & Community Service Project

The Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI), in collaboration with the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico Energy Smart Academy at Santa Fe Community College and a number of other institutions, is spearheading the Santa Fe Carbon Offset & Community Service Project to fund energy-efficiency assistance for low-income households and do carbon sink planting with native grass throughout Santa Fe County.A carbon sink is anything that absorbs, accumulates and stores carbon for an indefinite period. Excessive carbon dioxide emissions, such as from coal-fired power plants, have been shown to impact the climate in ways that affect a region’s livability.


This project aims to achieve many goals at once: save water and energy, empower those in need, beautify the community, reduce our carbon footprint and raise awareness of the need to take care of the environment. Teams of citizens and local businesses are being asked to volunteer and contribute as a way to help offset current emissions of carbon dioxide in the US. Foundations are being asked to make donations, including matching contributions from what is raised in the local community. Businesses that donate an amount proportionate to their carbon footprint are eligible for a higher level of green certification by the Green Chamber.


Seed Grants and Leadership Awards

Each year the nonprofit CCLI gives out a series of community seed grants and awards to businesses and individuals to encourage leadership in the advancement of climate action, clean energy and conservation. The recipient of this year’s Innovation Seed Grant Award is Robert Hockaday, who, after years of work with Los Alamos National Laboratory, started Energy Related Devices and made a cooling Black Tip device that makes solar panels last longer and perform better, and created a solar mounting technology using recycled tires that endures extreme weather. Hockaday is building his business in the eastern plains of New Mexico and marketing his products to the ranching community.


Climate Leadership Weekend

The CCLI stages an annual weekend of community engagement events in October to educate the public on climate-change solutions. This year included the inauguration of the Native Prairie Grass Project at Santa Fe Community College, a “Fun-raiser” at Tesuque Village Market and a Kids’ Climate Ride.


Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI)





EnviroKarma, LLC: Converting vehicles to electric power

By Dan Baker


My Santa Fe-based business, EnviroKarma, LLC, is focused on converting used vehicles from gasoline to full electric power. I decided to start this particular business because I believe that electric vehicles will play a big part in helping move individuals and businesses to greener transportation solutions for their urban and suburban needs.

Refurbishing a broad choice of used vehicles to run on electricity not only shifts to cleaner sources of power; it avoids a good portion of the carbon footprint required to manufacture a new vehicle, resulting in lower total cost to the consumer and the environment.


I recently joined the Green Chamber to network with like-minded small businesses and offer my services to those seeking cost-effective ways to improve their “triple bottom line” by reducing their fuel costs by about 60 percent and being green at the same time. As my business grows I am looking to provide a career path in a new industry utilizing local vocational semi-skilled labor to provide good-paying green-collar jobs in any community.


Services that I currently provide include lectures and classes to students or adults, consulting and tool rental for the DIY enthusiast, and turnkey “build-to-suit” conversion services.


EnviroKarma, LLC,




Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair

A Green Business

Justin Bailey


In February 2011, due to an extreme weather event in Texas, which knocked out a power plant, pressure in the grid of natural gas lines dropped precipitously, and the gas company decided to cut off the natural gas supplies to Taos and Río Arriba counties. Meanwhile, in northern New Mexico, temperatures dropped to 20 below zero.


People who depend on natural gas for heat tried keeping warm with electricity. The electric grid quickly failed due to overload. With no Internet, radio talk-show hosts like Nancy Stapp and Paddy Mac stayed on the air around the clock, providing crucial information. People listened to the radio in their cars with the heat turned up high. Plumbers drove around dealing with a deluge of frozen, broken pipes. Folks with kiva fireplaces kept them going 24/7. All over Taos, walls in homes adjoining these fireplaces caught on fire. Fire trucks drove screaming all over the place to put out the fires.


This went on for almost two weeks.


Those of us who own wood stoves, however, were warm in our homes. We heated water on our wood stoves to take a bath. We fried eggs on our wood stoves and made pots of soup and stew to distribute to our less fortunate neighbors. Our pipes didn’t freeze. Our homes didn’t catch fire.


Heating our homes with wood—a local, renewable source of energy—gives us a level of independence and self-reliance unknown to those who depend exclusively on the utility companies for energy.


I’m a chimney sweep; I install woodstoves, consult on wood heat, and clean, inspect and service chimneys of all types. My phone, of course, was ringing off the hook during the gas outage. My business, Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair, facilitates safe heating with wood. We are here to help you be prepared for events like the gas outage of 2011. Installing wood stoves is my favorite thing about work, because I get to help people free themselves from the bondage of dependence on the energy grid.


Heating with a modern EPA-approved woodstove, we can reduce our carbon footprint, keep our money in our communities and protect ourselves from the failures and greed of politicians and energy executives.


To those of us who live in rural areas in or near forests, it is obvious that the health of the forest depends on responsible thinning. This thinning provides us fuel for heat.

When we burn a piece of wood in our woodstove, it emits the same amount of carbon as if that piece of wood rotted on the ground or burned in a forest fire. Efficient woodstoves emit very little particulate matter because they are equipped with a re-burn chamber that burns the combustible gases and particles in the smoke before it leaves the stove.


Everywhere we go, it seems, we hear about the need for green energy and green jobs. Heating with wood in an efficient woodstove is green energy, and the jobs of chimney sweeps and woodcutters are green jobs. We spend our money right here at home. Bailey’s Chimney C&R is a member of the Green Chamber of Commerce because we provide good green jobs and green services.


Why send your money to a utility company out of state when you can buy a cord of wood from a local father and husband who will turn around and spend that money here in the community, helping to provide more local jobs?


Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair—575.770.7769,




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