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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:47 pm 
Office Of Sustainability To Close June 30
But all is not lost. In a cost cutting measure, as austerity tightens its grip, the office will close and the current acting director, Denise Smith, will become the Sustainability Planner in the Community Development Department (2nd floor of the Annex).

The other employee, Terry Timme, will retire June 30th after having received, on June 7th, the prestigious "E. Gifford Stack Lifetime Achievement Award" from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition; a well earned distinction as he leaves his mark on literally every aspect of our local recycling.

Denise was, just yesterday, elected to head the Recycle Advisory Committee freeing Terry Timme to go traveling with his new bride. Denise has been the titular coordinator of the various trail projects around town and will continue in that position as well as continue to write grants for sustainability of various resilience programs.

Terry Timme, left, Recycling Planner and Denise Smith, acting Director. Both have been working half time and when Denise moves to Community Development she will work 3/4 time. Since its inception the Office has raised $2.2 million for various project benefiting the town residence from Solar Arrays to Greenways to recycling and water conservation and Denise will continue the work.

Nick Sussillo, top center was the first director when the office opened in 2009 and located in what is now the GC Convention Center. Then called the Joint Office of Sustainability in partnership with Grant County as both had funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The first project grant created a weatherization crew led by Mike Sauber, top right. Some of that crew are in the photo but are unidentified. This crew went to private homes and Town and County offices with upgraded lighting, shower heads and patched air leaking cracks. The savings to the official Town offices and shops is estimated to be $147,000 per year.

When the American Recovery money was used up the County, never really into the OoS, withdrew their support and shortly thereafter the Town moved the Office to the newly acquired and remodeled gas station on Pope Street and just after the Installation of the Solar Array at the Visiter Center. The Array was funded by the American Recovery money granted to the Town's OoS through the NM EMNRD in 2010 and built in 2011.

No decision has been made on the use of the the current building but inside it are the controls for the last remaining gas pump used by town cars and trucks.

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