Energy Improvements for Nonprofits in the Southwest

This program brings together a group of nonprofit housing providers, faith-based groups and advocates for climate justice, building trades and labor unions, workforce development organizations, private enterprises and academia to each have a role in achieving the program goals. Apprenticeships with union contractors performing the work will build the future of their workforce. Students at NMSU/DACC will showcase their knowledge and skills by performing post-retrofit data analysis to evaluate, measure and verify energy savings.

Community Benefits

Tierra del Sol has been a catalyst for community change for 50 years, improving housing and economic conditions in distressed low-income communities and underserved rural colonias. Its approach empowers minority, marginalized communities with economic mobility, improves community conditions, advances racial equity, and improves the quality of life for all. Project partnerships with New Mexico State University/ Doña Ana Community College Environmental and Energy Technologies Program will provide learning opportunities for students from low-income communities. Students will conduct post-retrofit analysis of energy use, learning skills pertaining to real-world applications. Tierra del Sol will also partner with the New Mexico Building Trades Council, an alliance of craft unions, and will seek bids from union contractors and Minority Business Enterprises. Justice40 will be achieved by improving energy efficiency of nonprofit-owned properties located in distressed census tracts and communities, and in underserved rural colonias.


  • Doña Ana Community College (DACC)
  • New Mexico State University (NMSU)
  • New Mexico Building Trades Council
  • New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
  • Southwestern Area Workforce Development Board
  • EnergyWorks

Federal Funds Invested


Cost Share

$892,929.00 (20.16%)

Number of Buildings


Illustration of buildings, including homes, hospitals and schools