Climate Change & Sustainability

Climate change is one of the most important challenges of our time and threatens the survivability of all species on our planet. GRIP served on the Silver City Climate Committee to develop a Climate Action Plan calculated to reduce the Town’s greenhouse gas emissions as well as to establish the Office of Sustain- ability. With the involvement of many volunteers and organizations in the community, GRIP organized the weekend-long Viva Verde Expo in 2009 to provide education on how to reduce one’s carbon footprint. GRIP also developed two editions of the Viva Verde Guide (including a 2011 bilingual version) and a green jobs curriculum for New Mexico high schools. The Viva Verde Residential Energy Efficiency Program improved the energy ef- ficiency of over 60 homes in Luna County. GRIP is work- ing with the Office of Sustainability on its Sustainability 2030 Plan that will include measures to adapt to climate variability and increase the resiliency of our community to the impacts of climate change. GRIP continues to up- date the Viva Verde Guide at www.vivaverdenm.com to provide green living resources to southwestern New Mexico.

Photo: Dennnis O'Keefe

Town Hall Meetings on Silver City Comprehensive Plan

Town of Silver City to Update Comprehensive Plan Community Development Department Holding Input Meetings by District It’s that time again. The Town of Silver City is overdue for an update of the 2004 Comprehensive Plan, a tool to guide how our community will grow in the future, to protect important assets and resources, and to […]

Grant County landscape by Dennis O'Keefe

Grant County Trails Guide Available Online

Grant County Trails Group’s Trails of Grant County Walking/Hiking Guide features some of the easiest, most accessible and best loved trails and walking areas in both Silver City and in the Mining District (Bayard and Santa Clara). Also, Grant County Trails Group has produced Trails of Grant County, a film that features local Grant County trails enthusiasts out and about on […]

Economic Development & Public Lands – Pt 2 on Earth Matters Radio

To listen to the podcast on Gila Mimbres Community Radio, visit: http://gmcr.org/earth-matters-ecotourism-p2/

Community Planning Links & Resources

Center of the American West provides excellent information about growth patterns and trends in the Western U.S. U.S. Census Bureau provides abundant information about population, housing, economic factors and more on their site at http://www.census.gov/ Town of Silver City Community Development Department Town of Silver City Office of Sustainability Viva Verde Guide Grant County Planning […]

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Economic Development & Public Lands – Pt 1on Earth Matters Radio

To listen to the podcast on Gila Mimbres Community Radio, visit: http://gmcr.org/earth-matters-ecotourism-p1/

Nick Sussillo on Climate Change / Earth Matters Radio

To listen to the podcast on Gila Mimbres Community Radio, visit: http://gmcr.org/earth-matters-nick-sussillo/

2012 in Review – Pt 2 on Earth Matters Radio

To listen to the podcast on Gila Mimbres Community Radio, visit: http://gmcr.org/earth-matters-2012-in-review-pt2/

Creative, Sustainable Architecture & Design in the Home

More than two millennia ago, Socrates observed: “In houses that face toward the south, the sun penetrates the portico in winter, while in summer the path of the sun is right over our heads and above the roof so that there is shade.” More recently, when Mexican settlers arrived in the San Luis Valley of […]

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Sustainable Building Principles

SITE DESIGN Green building begins with responsible site selection and design. By taking site characteristics into consideration early on in the design process, one can develop a plan that incorporates such elements as capturing and storing rain water, improving solar gain for energy efficiency and daylighting and utilizing existing vegetation for summertime shading. Passive solar […]

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Sustainably Built Homes

SUN, STONE & EARTH HOME 1. 2. 3. More than 50% of a conventionally-built home’s energy is used for space and water heating. The owners of this home avoid much of those costs thanks to intelligent siting that maximizes heating through passive solar gain in the winter (1, 3). A large solar water heater provides […]

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