In February 1995, Sustainable Communities, Inc. was formed by a group of like minded citizens in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area.
In September of 2002, Sustainable Communities linked up with the Global ZERI Network and merged into a new organization, Sustainable Communities/ZERI-NM (SCZ). Gunter Pauli provided and explained ZERI methodology. Since then SCZ applies this methodology in all our project planning and work.
Originally, the organization's focus was to bring affordable housing to low and very low income families, to promote community development based on the sustainable integration of habitat with natural environment, and to work for safe, healthy neighborhoods in Santa Fe County.
Sustainable Communities worked for years on its Vista del Sol Project, and in 2004, won the Homewise Award. This groundbreaking photo shows, from left above, Bob Mang, the former President of the Board of Directors and Burke Denman, current President of the Board of Directors receiving the award from Mike Loftin, Executive Director of Homewise.
After 2002, our focus centered on the ZERI practical approach to satisfying humanity's need for water, food, energy, jobs, education, shelter and profits. It is an environmentally sustainable application of science and technology and the interweaving of government, non-profit organizations, business, academia, and communities with rich cultural traditions.
This ZERI approach is a shift in the concept of industry as a linear process, where waste is an expected and unused by-product, to a concept in which all by-products are used to stimulate further production. It creates a platform that generates jobs and programs that are of great benefit to the people and the environment of New Mexico and the border area.
Sustainable Communities/ZERI-NM is a public 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
This page was last updated on May 18, 2005
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