To educate the public about local sustainable economies
To promote economic and community development through environmentally and socially responsible entrepreneurship
To partner with allied organizations to advance socially responsible economic and community development policies and practices
Think Local First
In partnership with the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, we have launched Think Local First initiatives across New Mexico. These are intended to educate the public on the benefits of shopping locally and supporting small business. To find out more, click here.
Support for National Monuments
America’s national monuments and parks serve a vital role in protecting New Mexico’s and our nation’s natural and cultural heritage and providing unique opportunities for recreation and learning. These parks also serve as valuable economic engines spurring tourism and supporting jobs and businesses throughout New Mexico. For more information on the PRB’s efforts to support New Mexico’s National Monuments, click here.
We are currently developing a Green Certification Program to encourage businesses to become more eco-friendly and energy efficient. The program will also provide participant businesses with advertising opportunities to attract responsible customers. In order to become a Green Certified Business, your business will agree to a set of criteria for various categories of certification. Find out more here.
The Partnership for Responsible Business is committed to projects that support local economies, reflect the needs of New Mexico’s unique communities, and support sustainable rural and urban economic development. We strive to create public awareness for businesses and consumers interested in investing in people, protecting our planet, and creating long-term sustainable profits.
We work to educate the public as to the benefits of “Thinking Local” by keeping their dollars invested in their local economies. Buying local provides a positive multiplier benefit to the community. At the same time, buying local avoids negative health and environmental impacts of supply-chain transportation.
We work to educate business owners on practices that enable them to conserve resources. Better practices include reducing energy use, conserving water, mitigating carbon, increasing recycling, and supplying locally. We believe responsible business owners can in turn provide broader leadership to the community to make these conservation practices more commonplace.
Board of Directors
Dante Di Gregorio, President
Dante Di Gregorio is an Associate Professor at the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. He earned a PhD in strategy from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Prior to working in academia, Dante served as an independent consultant and jointly founded an international business consulting firm. In this capacity, he provided market research, business intelligence, and consulting services to public and private entities, including government agencies from Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Brazil, as well as Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.
Originally from Gallup, New Mexico, Dante is actively involved in efforts to promote regional economic development and to create linkages with academic programs. These efforts have included involvement in a project to assess the impact of a proposed water pipeline on the Navajo Nation, working with local companies and UNM spin-outs, consulting to the renewable energies program of Sandia National Laboratories, assessing the consequences of title insurance regulatory systems for the state government, and producing analyses of the international business activities of local small businesses.
He recently served as a consultant to the NM Small Business Development Center’s Gateway to Exporting program and has helped UNM’s Gallup campus develop entrepreneurship education programs serving the Navajo Nation and surrounding areas. He has also served as co-project director of two $200,000 grants from the US Department of, as well as project director of a $100,000 grant to expand student exchange programs with Canada and Mexico.
He actively collaborates with several local business organizations and entrepreneurs and serves on the board of directors of New Mexico PBS (KNME-TV) and as vice president on the executive committee of UNM’s Latin American and Iberian Institute. Dante has studied and/or worked in Mexico, Germany, and Austria, and has been involved in coordinating academic programs in or involving Mexico, Italy, Iraq, Ecuador and China.
Robert A. Mang
Bob Mang is the principal owner of Regenesis, LLC, a Santa Fe development company. He co-founded the Regenesis Group, an international consulting company to developers, also located in Santa Fe, and serves on the Board of Directors of AMC, Ltd., a real estate development company in Calgary, Alberta.
In a civic capacity, he is currently a member of Partnership for Responsible Business, and also serves on the Board of Conservation Voters of New Mexico, Education Fund and New Voice of Business, a national business organization. He has served as a founding Board Member of 1000 Friends of New Mexico, and SCI/ZERI, a Santa Fe based sustainable communities organization. He has authored articles on community and ecological development.
He and his wife, Pamela, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Craig has been the Energy Programs Specialist for Santa Fe County since April, 2011. He is responsible for promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and green building in the commercial and residential sectors. Before working for the County, Craig was the “Special Assistant for Renewable Energy” for Governor Bill Richardson and served in that capacity during the Governor’s eight years in office (2003-2010).
Mr. O’Hare worked in the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department and served as the Department’s principal lobbyist for Governor Richardson’s clean energy legislative agenda. Mr. O’Hare worked with the renewable energy industry drafting legislation and successfully getting critical incentives and requirements adopted by the legislature. Craig was also the Department’s lead staff person for promoting the Governor’s climate change mitigation policies.
Mr. O’Hare worked closely with the N. M. Economic Development Department to attract prospective renewable energy enterprises to the state. From 1996-2002, Craig was the Water Programs Administrator for the City of Santa in charge of water conservation and drought emergency management, long-range planning and watershed management. Craig has Bachelors of Arts degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Business Economics and Geography.
Howard Kaplan has more than 45 years of experience in the planning, organizing and execution of architectural and engineering projects. His extensive experience includes designing and managing projects for Municipal, County, Institutional, Department of Defense and Private Clients. In 1982 he founded, and has managed, the Facilities, Architecture and Planning Department of Wilson & Company in the Albuquerque Office. Howard has received many career-related awards, including the Award of Merit from the Albuquerque Conservation Association, the A.I.A. Honor Award for Excellence in Design, the Progressive Architecture Award and the New York City Society of Architecture Gold Medal after graduation.
Howard has been actively involved in the “Green” building movement for most of his professional career. He co-founded the New Mexico Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-NM), served as its President and was the only Architect on Governor Bill Richardson’s Climate Change Advisory Group, the foundation organization for the development of New Mexico’s Green Energy Programs. He was a Technical Team Leader for the Architectural Surety Team of Rebuild Central New Mexico (RCNM) and has published papers on the benefits of green building and made presentations to organizations throughout the State of New Mexico.
Howard Kaplan is co-founder and President of CASA – A Center Advancing Sustainable Architecture begun in 2006. CASA was created to educate the building community about the benefits of green building and was one of the organizations involved in developing the New Mexico green building codes. CASA is also one of the developers of the Smart Home Project, a program that provides homeowners with low interest, long term loans for energy efficiency retrofits.