2000: Santa Fe County created the Community College Planning District to build sustainability into all future development in the area surrounding SFCC, with an emphasis on respect for the environment, community, connectedness, and economic development to provide jobs close to neighborhoods.
2004: SFCC began delivering classes in renewable energy, water conservation, and environmental technologies through the Center for Community Sustainability. City of Santa Fe adopted economic development plan that included the goal of establishing Santa Fe as a leader in renewable energy.
2005: SFCC, City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, Local Energy, and the Santa Fe Business Incubator formed a partnership to study the feasibility of creating a venue for the development of community-based water conservation, renewable energy, and other technologies for community sustainability, and to support businesses developing and deploying those technologies with education and workforce training programs.
2006 / 2007: SFCC launched Certificate and AAS in Environmental Technologies. Partners contracted with David Breecker Associates, Inc. to conduct a feasibility study financed by the partners and by a local private foundation. The report recommended the organized delivery of services to support the creation, development, and growth of businesses and non-profit organizations, with the primary goal of engendering a viable small-scale industry cluster, and an emphasis on empowering entrepreneurs, within a framework of regional cooperation. The result will include education and workforce training, job creation, increased wages, and an expanded tax base for the region.
2007: Santa Fe County voters passed bond for initial $7.5 million for a Trades and Advanced Technology building at SFCC. Bond for additional $4.2 million on November 4, 2008 ballot to complete building.
2008: Sustainable Technologies Center founded. City of Santa Fe and Regional Economic Development Initiative (formed by local governments in northern New Mexico) target renewable energy technologies as bringing greatest opportunity and potential high wage jobs to the region to diversify its economy.