It's only natural in Silver City and Grant County - after all, New Mexico, with year-round sunshine, was one of the first states to adopt alternative construction building codes.
Readily available are nationally marketed high-tech appliances and construction materials, locally manufactured adobes, small diameter wood products from the Gila National Forest, hand-made ceramic tiles, standing seam metal roofs with integrated solar photo-voltaic film or panels, and eco-friendly products through licensed contractors and certified building professionals.
Energy use and costs are among the most important considerations for your home ownership. EcoBroker is an education and certification program for real estate professionals who care about the environment and want to promote energy-efficient and "green" features in homes and buildings.
Cissy, Walking Her Talk
After a vast search of the west, Cissy McAndrew found Silver City, and the mantra, "build community, respect culture" came to her. She's been living it since. A certified fundraiser, Cissy has developed an extensive and diversified network of friends and resources. Her participation over the years on committees including the Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo, Copper Cowbells, Freeport McMoRan Community Partnership Panel, Habitat for Humanity, Gila Regional Medical Center Collaborative Council, Women of the Moose, Grant County Prospectors, and PNM Energy Efficiency Advisory Group (to name a few) enables her to unify the community by sharing first-hand knowledge across the region.
Not only is Cissy an award-winning real estate agent, she is also the only certified EcoBroker® and GREEN Realtor® in southwest New Mexico. Energy efficiency and renewable technologies are a way of life for Cissy. Previously the Executive Director of the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce and she practices range management and recycling, which extends to her goats, as they recycle produce waste into quality fertilizer.
In support of her community, Cissy practices triple-bottom-line decision-making: think local, buy local, and invest local. You are likely to bump into her at one of the locally owned businesses, the Farmer's Market or Single Socks. "It's all about personal relationships," she says. She even pays her utility bills in person (although those bills are much lower with her new solar array).