Community Resources & Solutions for Green Living in Southern New Mexico

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Nonprofit Resources

Aldo Leopold High School
A tuition-free charter school offering a college-preparatory education with a focus on environmental stewardship, community participation, and inquiry-based learning in Silver City. Admission by lottery.

PO Box 770
Silver City, NM 88061

Asombro Institute for Science Education
Fosters understanding of the Chihuahuan desert.

PO Box 891
Las Cruces, NM 88004

BAG/WAAG Bicycle Advocacy Group- Walkability Accessibility Advocacy Group
Advocates for creation of two community multi-modal transportation pathways that are seamlessly integrated into Silver City's infrastructure.

Grant County Public Health Office
2610 North Silver Street
Silver City, NM 88061

BAG contact:


Bayard Community Garden
Community Garden & Summer gardening with Seniors and children; Permaculture is practiced here.

PO Box 147
Bayard NM 88023


The Bikeworks
A community bicycle resource space making bicycles accessible to everyone.

Silver City Recreation Center
1016 N. Silver St.
Silver City, NM 88061


Border Partners
Low-tech solar and sustainable classes and products, micro-business start ups in Columbus and Palomas

406 Granite St. South,
Deming, NM 88030


Black Range Resource Conservation & Development
Grant writing assistance / alternative energy /natural resource assistance

2610 N. Silver Street
Silver City, NM 88061
575.388.1569 ext 5


The Bountiful Alliance
A non-profit community organization whose projects include the Farmer's Market Community Garden, Recycling Project and others.

Truth or Consequences NM


Broad mind Media
Promoting green practices on "The Morning Show"

1015 West Street
Silver City, NM 88061

Build Green New Mexico
Preserving New Mexico's environment and insuring a sustainable future through smart home building and buying guidelines.

Center for Biological Diversity
Because life is good

503 W. Spring St.
Silver City, NM 88061-4844
tel: 575.388.8799
fax: 505.534.0876

Ciclovia Las Cruces
Provides a safe environment whereby the community of Las Cruces & Doña Ana can participate in a variety of fun physical activities for all age groups.

PO Box 6217
Las Cruces, NM 88006

Colonias Development Council
Social, economic, environmental justice; green living in colonias communities

Las Cruces, NM


Community Access Television of Silver City
Channel 17 Local Public Access TV

213 N. Bullard Street

Silver City, NM 88061


Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico
Our vision is to end poverty in southern New Mexico

3880 Foothills Rd. Suite A

Las Cruces, NM 88001
fax 575.523.8646


Corre Caminos/SWRTD
Corre Caminos is a public transportation system in Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna Counties. Not only helping to reduce the number of cars on the road, it offers transportation for those who have no other way to get around.

PO Box 1078
1313 N. Country Club
Deming, NM 88030


Doña Ana County Extension
Master Gardener Program

Volunteer organization that helps with gardening education including hotline, outreach and gardening certification

530 North Church Street
Las Cruces, NM 88001
fax 575.525.6652



Downtown Las Cruces Partnership
Volunteer organization that helps with gardening education including hotline, outreach and gardening certification

530 North Church Street
Las Cruces, NM 88001
fax 575.525.6652

Gila Conservation Coalition
Celebrating 25 Years of Saving New Mexico's Last Wild River

305A North Cooper Street
Silver City, NM 88061

Gila Conservation Education Center
Promoting Conservation in Southwest New Mexico through education, example, and involvement

c/o 3005 E. Camino del Bosque,
Silver City, NM 88061

Gila Mimbres Community Radio
The voice of many voices' providing local, independent, non-commercial community radio for SW New Mexico.


Gila Native Plant Society
Educational & active membership organization working to promote & preserve our native flora.


Gila Resources Information Project
Promoting Healthy Communities by Protecting Our environment

305A North Cooper Street
Silver City, NM 88061

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Gila Wildlife Rescue
Rehabilitation of all wildlife; specializing in raptors and mammals


Guadalupe Montessori School
Montessori school serving children 14 months - 12 years. With year round organic garden and food program.

1731 N.Alabama
Silver City, NM 88061


Habitat for Humanity Gila Region
Build/rehab homes for low-income working families

720 N Santa Fe Street
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Habitat for Humanity Re-Store
If you are building new, remodeling, moving, going out of business, landscaping or replacing old with new, don’t throw anything away; donate it to Re-Store.

704 W. Market St.
Silver City, NM 88061

Habitat for Humanity Mesilla Valley
Build homes for members of our community who are in need

704 W. Market St.
Silver City, NM 88061

High desert Organic Gardeners (HiDOG)
Network of local, backyard gardeners which meets monthly to teach & discuss how to grow food in the high desert.

1919 Bartlett Street
Silver City, NM 88061


HiDesert Sustainable Living
Promoting hands-on education in sustainable living: food, water, shelter.

Institute of Permaculture Education for Children
Where children learn and inspire nature-connected living for a whole planet.

78 El Rey Drive
Corrales, NM 87048


Keep Luna County Beautiful
KLCB partners with local youth groups by employing them to organize clean-up & beautification projects.

700 Silver, PO Drawer 551
Deming, NM 88031


La Cooperativa de la Frontera de Palomas y Columbus
A transborder artisanry cooperative in Palomas, Chihuahua and Columbus, NM whose mission it is to empower women and their families to improve their lives by learning new skills and earning a living.

c/o Our Lady of Palomas
PO Box 496
Columbus, NM 88029
575 313 9685


Las Esperanzas Inc,
Mesquite Historic District & Transit

Preservation, restoration and protection of the Mesquite Historic District

PO Box 1626`
Las Cruces, NM 88004


Local Solutions
Grassroots resource advocating sustainability and relocalization

634 N Tornillo Street
Las Cruces, NM 88001
fax 575.527.5426


Meadowhawk Erdkinder
Alternative junior high school, organic garden, hands-on learning environment

21 Meadowhawk Lane
Arenas Valley, NM 88022


Mesa Lands Community College
Offering an Associate of Applied Science in wind energy and technology.

911 South Tenth Street
Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401


Mesilla Valley Audubon Society
Appreciation of birds, other wildlife and habitat

Native Plant Society of New Mexico
Educate New Mexicans on native plant identification, ecology, and uses; encourage preservation of natural habitats; support botanical research; and promote use of native plants for conservation of water, land, and wildlife.

Las Cruces, NM

New Mexico Green Collaborative
To make New Mexico a national leader in the green economy movement through creation of green jobs in a widespread, collaborative, state-wide effort.

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
Office of the Secretary
401 Broadway Blvd., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87103
(505) 795-2702


New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
Dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued enjoyment of New Mexico's wildlands and Wilderness areas

Downtown Mall
Las Cruces, NM 88001

New Mexico Recycling Coalition
Grassroots organization which encourages citizens to work directly with elected officials on setting up recycling programs.

Truth or Consequences, NM 88030

2852 W. Amador Ave.
Las Cruces NM 88005
575.528.3589 resources.htm


New Mexico Solar Energy Association
Silver City Chapter

The Silver City NMSEA affiliate presents the K-12 "Sunchaser" curriculum in the public schools and at public events.

PO Box 5129
Silver City, NM 88062

Oasis and Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park
The Silver City NMSEA affiliate presents the K-12 "Sunchaser" curriculum in the public schools and at public events.

PO Box 891
Las Cruces, NM 88004

Office of Catholic Social Ministry
Lead processes that help the faithful understand how they can reveal their Catholic identity through concrete deeds of charity and justice.

1280 Med Park Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88005

Restorative Justice Community Center
Restorative justice & mediation services, as an alternative to court. Combines new & old approaches to creating & building links that bond communities.

2610 North Silver St.
Silver City, NM 88061

Rio Grande Restoration
Protecting Sustainable River Flows

HCR69 Box 3-C
Embudo, NM 87531

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter
Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet

Silver City Daily Press
Press coverage of environmentally sustainable events

300 W. Market St.
Silver City, NM 88061


Silco Theater
Book your community event in the Silco

311 N. Bullard
Silver City, NM 88061

Silver City Main Street Project
The Silver City Main Street Project encourages a vibrant, historic downtown which is recognized as the heart of our diverse community.

P.O.Box 4068,
Silver City, NM 88062


Slow Food Rio Grande
New Mexico’s chapter of agency promoting “Slow food.”

Small Business Development Center
Assist with business expansion and start up.

P.O. Box 680
Silver City, NM 88062

Southwest Environmental Center
Dedicated to protecting and restoring the unique natural heritage of the Southwestern borderlands

275 North Downtown Mall,
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Southwestern New Mexico
Environmental Health Resource Guide

Grant, Luna, Hidalgo & Catron Counties
Helps citizens address environmental health issues in their communities. Available in both english and spanish.

A project of GRIP and the New Mexico Department of Health/Office of Border Health. Electronic & hardcopy versions available.

305A North Cooper St/
Silver City, NM 88061-4844
tel: (575) 538.8078

Texas Master Naturalists
A corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

El Paso County Extension Office
P.O. Box 929
Clint, TX 79836
915.851.2515 ext 240

Tierra Madre Sustainable Community
Creating an intercultural and sustainable community on the U.S. - Mexico border.

PO Box 1678
115 Mesa Verde
Sunland Park, NM 88063


Town and Country Garden Club Thrift Shop
Recycling of donated clothing, housewares, books, and miscellaneous

P.O. Box 2164
606 N. Bullard Street
Silver City, NM 88061


Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City
Developing the Green Sanctuary program for people wishing to live more sustainably.

PO Box 4034
3845 N. Swan Street
Silver City, NM 88061

United Way of Southwest New Mexico
A corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

106 S Water St
Las Cruces, NM 88004

Upper Gila Watershed Alliance
Promoting the long-term health of the Upper Gila Watershed and its communities of life

PO Box 383,
Gila, NM 88038
575.534.0397 office

USA CAN Recycling Warehouse
Aluminum Can Recycling.

2180 W. Hadley Ave.
Las Cruces NM 88007

Veterans Green Corps
Veterans Green Jobs has combined efforts with the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to create the Veterans Green Corps (VGC) to provide transformative and leadership building work experience for military veterans.

1376 W St Mary Rd
Tucson, AZ 85745


Veterans Green Jobs
Provides exemplary green jobs education and career development opportunities for military veterans, empowering and supporting them to lead America’s transition to energy independence, ecological restoration, community renewal, and economic prosperity.

PO Box 1129
Boulder, CO 80306


Volunteer Center of Grant County
Mobilizing volunteers to eradicate hunger and poverty in Grant County. Holistic, locally-focused resources.

PO Box 416,
Silver City, NM 88062

The Wellness Coalition Youth Service Corps/Americorps
Mobilizing volunteers to eradicate hunger and poverty in Grant County. holistic, locally-focused resources.

1311 N. Grant
Silver City, NM 88061

WNMU Toy Lending Library
Accepting toys, video games, and books

Glaser Hall 513 West 12th St.
Silver City, NM 88061


Youth Conservation Corps
Promote the education, success and well-being of the youth of New Mexico through the conservation and enhancement of the state’s natural resources and lasting community benefits.

141 East DeVargas Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
P: 505.827.1437
P: 505.827.1438
F: 505.827.1439

County Government Resources

Doña Ana Community College
Offers 37 academic and degree programs, including electrical and plumbing apprenticeship programs.

3400 South Espina St
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8001
Fax: 575.527.7515


Hidalgo County Recycling
Recycles Metals- Scrap metal; Paint exchange; Cardboard; Tires; Yard trimmings for mulch given back to the public

300 South Shakespeare Street
Lordsburg, NM 88045

Transfer Station 101 Transfer Road

Sierra County Landfill
Batteries; Glass - All; Metals - Scraps; motor oil, no antifreeze; Plastic #1 & #2) Tires

100 N. Date St
T or C, NM 87901

Landfill - off State Road 52


Southwest Solid Waste Authority
Main Landfill at 318 Ridge Road, Silver City Recycling of Automotive Batteries, Glass Household Hazardous Waste Accepted year round, for waste exchange, Metals - Tin, Aluminum, scrap metal; Oil, Anti-Freeze; Waste Exchange for HHW and other usable items; Cardboard, Newspaper, White Office Paper, Magazines; Plastics #1 and #2 bottles accepted at the Main Landfill Tires (call to see which transfer stations accepts tires); Tree Trimmings and Green Waste

318 Ridge Rd.
PO Box 2617
Silver City NM 88061

City Government Resources

City of Bayard Recycling
Metals - Tin, Aluminum; Cardboard, Newspaper, White Office Paper

PO BOX 728
Bayard, NM 88023;
575.537.5384 or 538.2560

Location: City Maintenance shop on NE Street

City of Las Cruces Recycling Program
Batteries, Cartridges for Ink or Printer, Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs), Electronics / Computers, Household Hazardous Waste, Metals, Aluminum Cans, Steel Cans, All Types of Metal Motor Oil and Antifreeze, On-site Waste Exchange for Paint, stains (No charge) and other usable items, for $10), Paper and Cardboard, Phone Books Plastics#1 #2 Clear & Translucent, Tires for recycling (surcharge $1 per tire), Yard Trimmings

Las Cruces Recycling Center
2855 W. Amador

City of Las Cruces, Community Development Dept. Home Rehabilitation Program
assists low and moderate income families to secure loans and grants to rehabilitate, make ADA improvements and extend the useful life of their existing home.

PO Box 20000
Las Cruces, NM 88004

City of Las Cruces Roadrunner Transit
Provides public transportation and Dial-a-Ride

PO Box 20000
Las Cruces, NM 88004

Las Cruces City Government
Glass, Plastic, Cardboard Recycling for Las Cruces.

2852 W. Amador Ave.
Las Cruces NM 88007

San Juan Community College School of Energy
The School of Energy offers Associates of Applied Science degrees and Certificate programs in Renewable Energy.

4601 College Boulevard
Farmington, New Mexico 87402


Santa Fe Community College
The Sustainable Technologies Center (STC) at Santa Fe Community College integrates 21st century trades with advanced technologies and "green" curricula to promote a sustainability economy. The STC will work with community, state and national partners to further develop and expand the renewable energy industry cluster in the Santa Fe region while being recognized as a state, regional and national resource. Green technology curricula are offered in biomass, green building, small wind and solar.

6401 Richards Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87508-4887


Silver City Climate Protection Agreement Citizen’s Advisory Committee
Citizen committee that advises the Silver City town council on how to reduce the town's greenhouse gas emissions, while saving energy costs, improving quality of life for area residents and building our local economy.

101 West Broadway
Silver City, NM 88061

Town of Silver City Recycling Task Force
Representing Silver City residents in advocating recycling.

P.O. Box 1188
Silver City, NM 88062
575.538.3731 or 575.534.4841

Town of Silver City Housing Rehab Program
Assists low-income homeowners to rehabilitate homes to improve energy efficiency and safety.

Box 1188
Silver City, NM 88061


Village of Columbus Recycling
Metal - Scrap metal and aluminum and tin cans; Oil, anti-freeze); informal reuse area for usable items; Newspaper Tires

PO Box 1305
Columbus, NM 88029
Transfer Station on Highway 11


State Government Resources

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
Mission is to enhance productivity and competitiveness of New Mexico business and industry by improving the quality and availability of the New Mexico workforce.

322 East Oak D
eming NM 88030 P
hone: (575) 546-0192
Fax: (575) 544-3605

TELEPHONE (575) 524-6250\
FAX: (575) 524-6266


410 West Broadway
Silver City, NM 88062
Phone: (575) 538-3737
FAX: (575) 538-5072


141 Quinella Ste. 800
Sunland Park, N.M. 88063
(575) 589-0377 or (575) 589-0382 Fax (575) 874-9314

T or C
1301 N. Pershing
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
Telephone: (575) 894-1263
Fax: (575) 894-8036


NMDOT Park & Ride
Commuter Bus Service Las Cruces to White Sands Missile Range


New Mexico State University Institute for Energy and the Environment
The NMSU College of Engineering has integrated several Centers of Excellence, including a consortium for environmental education and technology development, a renewable energy resource development group, and a nuclear waste management and monitoring center to form the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE). The Institute for Energy and the Environment is a multidisciplinary, energy sector resource serving the Southwest and beyond.

New Mexico State University
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Fax: 575.646.5474


New Mexico State University Extension Service
Grant writing assistance / alternative energy /natural resource assistance

2610 N Silver Street
Silver City, NM 88061

New Mexico Office of the State Engineer Water Conservation Program
The NM Office of the State Engineer Water Conservation Program program goals are to increase awareness regarding the value of our water resources; provide assistance to entities initiating water conservation plans and programs and, to assist in the development of state government policies which will encourage the implementation of water conservation measures in various water use sectors.

130 South Capitol Street
Concha Ortiz y Pino Building
P.O. Box 25102
Santa Fe, NM 87504-5102
Phone: 505.827.6166
Fax: 505.827.3806

Water Rights District III – Deming:
301 South Tin
PO Box 844
Deming, NM 88031
Phone: 575.546.2851
Fax: 575.546.2290

Water Rights District IV – Las Cruces:
1680 Hickory Loop, Suite J
Las Cruces, NM 88005-6598
Phone: 575. 524.6161
Fax: 575.524.6160


Safe Routes to School
A federally funded program administered by the NM Department of Transportation that provides funding to communities and school districts in New Mexico to enable and encourage students in K-8th grades to safely walk and bicycle to school.

1120 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1149


Western New Mexico University
The Department of Applied Technology provides the opportunity to study Construction, Drafting and Design, Electrical, and Welding Technology.

P.O. Box 680
Silver City, NM 88062

Federal Government Resources

EPA Energy Star
Consult the Energy Star webpage to find energy efficient producst and practices or look for the Energy Star label on products that show that they meet stict energy efficiency standards.


US Department of Energy
The US Department of Energy's home page provides information on federal programs relating to energy.

1-800-dial-DOE |


US Environmental Protection Agency
EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Ariel Rios Building
200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
TTY (speech- and hearing-impaired) 202.272.0165


EPA en español
La misión de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de Estados Unidos es la de proteger la salud de los humanos y la del medio ambiente. Desde 1970, la EPA ha estado trabajando por un ambiente más limpio, más saludable, para el pueblo estadounidense. Le recomendamos ver el plan estratégico completo de la agencia, el informe anual y recursos de política pública.

Ariel Rios Building
200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
TTY (speech- and hearing-impaired) 202.272.0165



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305A North Cooper Street • Silver City, NM 88061 • p/f 575.538.8078