About Us

Eco El Paso

Eco El Paso is a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on sustainability in the hot-arid climate of El Paso and the surrounding region.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is the ability to exist constantly and refers to the capacity for the biosphere and human civilization to coexist. Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It's the process of people maintaining change in a homeostasis balanced environment, in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations. In short, its defined through the following interconnected domains or pillars:  environment, economic, and social. 

Our Mission:

Eco El Paso is dedicated to fostering a learning environment for sustainable systems and life styles while integrating workforce and economic development concepts. We do this by promoting eco‚Äźsensitive and energy efficient community planning, building design, construction and facility maintenance in El Paso’s region to professionals in the design, construction, renewable energy, and building maintenance industries. 


Eco El Paso was created in 2008 by a group of volunteers from different professional organizations including the American Institute for Architects (AIA), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and various other associations. In 2009, Eco El Paso became a 501(c)3 nonprofit and since then we have strived to create venues for discussion and collaboration on how El Paso will build-out its future. Eco El Paso provides educational training seminars and presentations from experts in the various trades for residential, commercial and institutional projects.

Our Members (see bios)

Shelby Ruff, President of the Board
Sr. Talent Scout / Recruiter, USAA 

Robert Garland, RA, Vice President of the Board
Architect at Wright & Dalbin Architects, Inc. 

Frederic Dalbin, AIA, Treasurer
Principal at Wright & Dalbin Architects, Inc.

Robert Moss, Secretary 
Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety, University of Texas at El Paso - UTEP

Reverend Dr. Robert Edward Mosher, Board Member
Director, Columban Mission Center

Robin Roberts, Board Member
Administrator (Ret), Workforce & Economic Development

Blanca Gadney-Moss, Board Member
Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 

Jonathan Macias, Board Member
Executive Vice President & Partner, Incite Consultancy LLC

Jesse Sanchez, Board Member
Project Manager, ISD

Joshua Blaine Simmons, Board Member
Board Member & Community Organizer for various organizations

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