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The following organizations can provide information about sustainable building practices and energy conservation. Use the embedded links to go directly to the organizations' web sites.
US Green Building Council
The US Green Building Council - NM Chapter is a local non-profit with a mission "to transform the built environment through education, collaboration and outreach, and to promote environmentally responsible practices that are economically and socially beneficial to the community." It is through the USGBC that the LEED sustainable building programs are managed. One helpful web site that discusses green building for homes is the USGBC's Green Home Guide.
Build Green New Mexico
The Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico developed Build Green NM to promote and facilitate sustainable construction. "...Build Green New Mexico was launched March 10, 2006 at the National Green Building Conference, which was hosted in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was accepted as a pilot program from the Green Building Initiative, a national program that helps local Home-Builders Associations begin green Building programs. A committee of New Mexico professionals tailored the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines to reflect the arid climate, and put it to work. So far, about 40 builders are learning the guidelines and certifying homes."
The Center for Advancing Sustainable Architecture, or CASA, is an organization located in Albuquerque New Mexico, whose mission is to "be a unifying force to facilitate, lead and manage the transformation of the way we design and construct buildings to achieve more efficient, healthy and carbon neutral homes, offices, schools and business."
Architecture 2030 is a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization, which was established in response to the global-warming crisis by Santa Fe architect Edward Mazria in 2002. Architecture 2030's mission is to "rapidly transform the US and global building sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the global-warming crisis. Its goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the global-warming-causing greenhouse gas emissions of the building sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed."
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars--all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills.