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Community and Sustainability

The first three organizational themes of a healthy place focus on energy, water, and materials -- the essential nonliving components of which all life depends. The community theme describes the interactions of people and their environment.

A healthy environment enhances the quality of nature’s services. Trees provide oxygen, cool the city, and bring people together. Being close to nature provides recreation and spiritual comfort. Las Cruces has many beautiful parks, but less than five percent of the city shaded by trees.

The residents of a community also contribute to the economic and social vitality of a region. Providing opportunities to participate in community decision making, enjoy special events or informal exchanges walking down a street all contribute to a sense of place. The Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market is the perfect example of a community gathering to support local entrepreneurs.

By enriching community experiences members increase their investment in one another, the economy and environment. This investment – the triple bottom line – defines sustainability and our concerns about place, equity, responsibility, and long-term planning.

Here are some opportunities to participate in and enjoy our community:

City of Las Cruces related:
City Parks
City Trails
Bike Routes
Bus Transit Routes
Attend a Museum of Nature and Science Program
Attend a Branigan Cultural Center Program
Learn more about Main Street Downtown
Learn more about the El Paseo Corridor Project
Arroyo Management Plan

Farmers and Craft Market
Master Gardener Program
local fruits and vegetables
Vision 2040