The NM Center on Law and Poverty maintains an energy-conscious, green workplace. We use 100% recycled paper, toilet paper and toner cartridges. We use paper on both sides and recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass. We use cloth towels, napkins and rags and washable dinner ware and utensils rather than disposable products. At meetings, rather than offer plastic water bottles, we bring glasses and water in 2½ gallon containers. Thanks to support received through the PNM Resources Foundation, the Center is taking steps to improve our energy efficiency, cut down on energy waste, and reduce our water consumption. With funding provided by PNM’s “Reduce Your Use” grant program, the Center purchased and installed energy-efficient appliances, programmable thermostats, and water-saving sinks. We also hired a consultant to conduct an energy audit of our office space. The audit helped identify several larger structural improvements that we must make to become even more energy efficient in the future. We’ve already implemented two of the audit’s recommendations. First, we replaced all of our old, single-paned, leaky glass windows with new, more efficient double-paned vinyl windows. We also added insulation to the ceiling of one of our office buildings.
Thanks again to the PNM Foundation for providing the resources to make these important energy-saving improvements possible.