ALBUQUERQUE

March 4
Opportunities for Immigrants to Farm
S. Valley Economic Development Ctr., 5:30-7pm
318 Isleta Blvd, a few blocks So. of Cesar Chavez
Meeting Sponsored by the Natl. Immigrant Farming Initiative
Contact Don Bustos: 505.842.7374 or email serafina3333@yahoo.com

March 6
USGBC-NM Monthly Luncheon
Marriot Courtyard, 5151 Journal Center Blvd., 11:30-1 pm
Specifying for LEED – a joint USGBC NM/Construction Specifications Inst. event. Cost: $25. Reservations: luncheonrsvp@usgbcnm.org. Questions: education@usgbcnm.org.

Mar 17-19 W/Th/F 8 am-5 pm; Birk Jones
Fundamentals of Facility Energy Retrofitting Class (70550)
UNM Div, of Continuing Ed. class for contractors, facility managers and designers in Green Building construction. Curriculum developers include UNM School of Engineering, the Assoc, General Contractors of NM, Assoc. Builders and Contractors of NM and the Mechanical Contractors Assn. of NM. $99 for 24 hours. For more info, contact Marie McGhee: 505.277.0723 or mmcghee@unm.edu. Register online at dce.unm.edu or call 505.277.0077.

March 20-21, April, May
Rain Sponge Garden Classes
Location: Half way between SF and Albq.
Hands-on workshops on soil prep, layout and planting;
More info: botanicarts@earthlink.net

March 23-24
Albuquerque Area Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development Workshop
Rotunda at UNM Science and Technology Park
An innovative workshop designed for water resource professionals, drainage and flood control engineers, architects and landscape architects, developers, municipal officials and watershed organizations. Learn principles of low impact development and green infrastructure within the context of central NM’s climate and region. Protect and preserve our area’s watershed, including rivers, streams and our overall water supply. Speakers include the US EPA, local officials, researchers, scientists and educators. Adm: $40. For more info visit www.aridlid.org or contact Steve Glass, Bernalillo County Public Works: 505.224.1673 or email at sglass@bernco.gov.

April 10-11
Homebuilders, Remodelers and Green Ideas Showcase
Albq. Convention Center
NM Solar Energy Assoc. booth and workshops on efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability. 505.246.0400, 888.886.6765, www.nmsea.org

April 13-14
Biofuels Policy Summit
Embassy Suites Hotel
Energy and environmental leaders from state, federal, industrial and research will focus on obstacles and solutions to biofuel development in the SW. More than 30 technical papers and posters will be presented and the NM Biofuels Strategic Plan will be unveiled. Presented by the SW Biofuels Association; Email: mariasannes@hotmail.com or visit www.swbiofuels.org/biofuels

Albuquerque Backyard Farms Collaborative
Teaching how to grow and eat healthy foods and herbs and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Groups include: The Gardeners Guild, Mother Nature Gardens, Mid-Region Council on Govts., Sunstone Herbs, Albq. Backyard Farms, The Source, Girls Gone Green, Transition Towns NM, UNM Sustainability Studies, San Jose Elementary School Gardens, Zia Elementary School Community Garden and the Albq. Chicken Coop Tour. Many workshops offered. For more info, visit www.abqbackyardfarms.com/ABQ_Collaborative.html

SANTA FE

March 4:
Solar Energy for Your New Mexican Home lecture by Randy Sadewic
St. John’s Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Tr., 2-4 pm
Presented by Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning; Members: $7, non-members: $10; To register, call 982-9274 or visit www.renesan.org.

March 10
SFCC Green Careers Fair
SF Comm. College Campus Center: 10 am-2 pm
Pre-fair Event: Jemez Rooms, 9-10 am, Keynote Speaker: Carol McClelland, Exec. Dir. Green Career Central (www.greencareercentral.com); Green Businesses/services/employers who wish to book a vendor table, contact www.sfcc.edu/career_services/employer_services. Free admission. For more info, contact Patty Armstrong: 505.428.1406 or email patty.armstrong@sfcc.edu.

March 13
SF Residential Green Building Code for Building Professionals (CRN 31517)
SF Community College – 9 am-noon; 1-4 pm
Course taught by Katherine Mortimer and a HERS Rater. Learn how to comply with the Green Building Code, how to get the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) required in the six categories, how to communicate the code requirements and the benefits of building green to clients. Cost: $50.

March 13
NM Youth Unite
Warehouse 21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta; 7-9 pm
Spoken word showcase featuring top youth poets from teams across the SW. Presented by W21 and the SF Indian School; $5 adults, youth under 19 free.
Contact: 989-4423, sfispoets@gmail.com or www.warehouse21.org.

March 20
Gala Honoring Native Elders
Inn at Loretto – 3:45-11 pm
“Celebrating Oneness in a Great Coming Together” – Cultural presentations, community dialogue and performance by Yolanda Martinez, Lozen Apache; Honoring Salvador & Florence Yepa, Jemez Pueblo Fire & Sun Clan traditional storytellers, peyote singers and tribal drummers. Tickets: $60. More info: 877-844-HAWK, www.yraceburu.org

March 20
Housing Trust Event
ElderGrace Common House, 3466 Cerrillos Rd., 10 am
Speakers: Gail Haggard of Plants of the SW, Gordon Tooley of Tooley’s Trees and Christine Green of Down to Earth Landscapes. Lunch provided. Contact Spencer Haynsworth: 505.989.3960

March 20
Northern NM Rocky Mtn. Sweet Spring Sting
NM Church of Christ, 1205 Galisteo (Galisteo & Cordova); 9 am-1 pm
A symposium for beekeepers with Kirk Webster of Champlain Valley Bees and Queens, Nate Downey of SF Permaculture, Corwin Bell of BackYardHive.com. Presented by Zia Queenbee and Sangre de Cristo Beekeepers. Pot-lunch. Pre-registration and more info: 505.689.1287 or ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

March 21-23
The Global New Energy Summit
Buffalo Thunder Resort, Pojoaque
Second annual gathering of national and international new energy leaders from the key disciplines of science, industry, policy and finance. Discussions will include oil & gas, nuclear, coal, solar, wind, algae biofuels, storage, smart grid, transmission policy and international public policy. A poster session will highlight emerging innovation including hydrogen, advanced transportation, carbon sequestration, geothermal and the water/energy nexus. Presented by the Rocky Mtn. Technology Alliance, LANL, NREL, Los Alamos Natl. Bank, Technology Ventures Corporation, ITC, Conoco Phillips, Rocky Mtn. Venture Capital Assn., McCune Fndn., Toronto Stock Exchange. For more info or to register, visit http:gnes2010.rmtech.org or call David Blivin: 505-412-8537.
March 23
Economic Impact of Climate Change in NM
Santa Fe Preparatory School, 1101 Camino de Cruz Blanca, 7 pm
Professor Janie Chermak from UNM Albuquerque will give a free talk on economic impact and associated legislation. Presented by the Northern Group of the Sierra Club. 983.2703, http://riogrande.sierraclub.org/santafe/

March 31
Santa Fe Green Drinks
Back Road Pizza, 1807 Second St., 6:30 pm
Fun, informative social networking among environmentally conscious people. Featuring a presentation on Earth Care International’s efforts to develop a local urban food system. Meet organizers of community garden projects and learn how to get involved. Contact Kathleen Chambers: programs@santafealliance.com.

April 8
Demystifying the Santa Fe Residential Green Building Code for Everyone (CRN 31518)
SF Community College – 5:30-8:30 pm
3-hour course taught by Katherine Mortimer will introduce the SF Residential Green Building Code and make it accessible to anyone. The intention, how it is structured and strategies for complying with its requirements. Perfect for anyone thinking about building a new residential structure (including guesthouses) within the city of SF or the areas that will be annexed. Cost: $25.00. For more info, call 505.428.1617. To register, call 505.428.1270.

April 24-27
Water and Energy Summit/Expo
Hilton of Santa Fe
Public and professional events will bring together agencies, organizations and individuals to learn about the close relationship between water and energy, and to provide tools and information about resource conservation. Speakers include leading experts, LANL scientists, local and state officials. Registration: $195 includes 2-day conference, all materials, lunches and reception; One-day only: $100; Students: $30. Expo is free to the public. Registration: www.lensic.com.

Rainwater Harvesting Accreditation Course
Also held on April 24-25 will be an American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) accreditation course, designed for individuals desiring to pursue a career in rainwater management and attain the ARCSA professional accreditation. Cost: $295

2010 Sustainable Santa Fe Award Nominations Sought
The Sustainable SF Commission and Youth Advisory Board are seeking nominations for the Sustainable Santa Fe Awards for projects completed during 2009. Categories: Education Project, Youth-led Project, Green Building Project, Clean Renewable Energy Project, Alternative Transportation Project, Ecological Adaptation Project, Water Conservation Project, Solid Waste Reduction Project, Food System Project and Outstanding Project that not covered under the other categories. April 24 Awards Ceremony at the Hilton, 5-7 pm. Celebrate this year’s winners and all the great projects launched for the Global Youth Service Week of events. Look for the sustainability link at www.santafenm.gov.

HERE & THERE

March 6
Basket Making – Woven Stories
Hamaatsa, east of Santo Domingo Pueblo – 10am – 3pm
A special interactive day with Samuel Suina from Cochiti Pueblo, who will demonstrate step-by-step the ancient art of red willow basket making while sharing engaging stories from his Keresan Pueblo oral tradition. Sam is one of just a few weavers who continues the same woven style of his ancestors done in the villages along the Rio Grande. Cost: $30 includes Pueblo-style meal. Info: 505.899.6028, email littlebird@hamaatsa.org, www.hamaatsa.org.

March 13
Opportunities for Immigrants to Farm
Santa Cruz Farm, 830 El Llano Rd., Espanola – 2 pm
Immigrants interested in farming or ranching are invited to a meeting sponsored by the Immigrant Farming Initiative in collaboration with local organizations. For more info, call Ana Vival: 505.927.7767.

Ecological Economics Program
Spring semester, UNM/Los Alamos
NM’s first Ecological Economics Program; a problem-based approach to methodological development and inquiry into the unprecedented human existential predicament and the problem of carrying capacity and health status of the Earth. Learn about Payments for Ecosystem Services and work to promote/develop applications of these policies to real life problems. Training in prevalent worldviews, myths, values and their evolution in human consciousness, and action (cosmology, metaphysics, theology, ethics); fundamental thoughts, ideas, wisdom in natural sciences (ecology, biology and physics) and social sciences (aesthetics, history, anthropology/sociology and economics); historical perspective on social-natural interaction. Contact Miro Kovacevich: 505.217.8765.

Gifts from the Source
Visit Rio Grande Return’s online store to order gift packages with products from local farmers and producers. Each gift is in turn a gift back to the source – The Rio Grande. Conservation donations go towards spring and watershed restoration projects at Zia Pueblo and Hamaatsa. Info: www.riograndereturn.com

March 9 deadline
Community Action and the Environment Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program. CARE is a unique community-based, multimedia demonstration designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental concerns from all sources. Eligible entities include local governments, tribal governments, nonprofits, colleges and universities. $2 million for up to 9 awards is available. For more info, go to: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html.

May 21-23
8th Annual BALLE Business Conference – Lighting the Way to a New Economy
Charleston, South Carolina
The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies is N. America’s fastest growing network of socially responsible businesses, comprised of over 80 community networks representing over 21,000 independent business members across the US and Canada.
BALLE is convening business owners and innovators who are shaping new economy at the grassroots level in local communities. Find inspiration, share proven tools and successful programs. General registrants rate through April 15: $515; Visit www.livingeconomies.org/conference/2010-conference.

Go Green Expo in partnership with CBS Television
New York City, March 19-21; Pier 92 (co-located with Architectural Digest’s Home & Design Show); Philadelphia, April 16-18, 2010; Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks; Atlanta, May 21-23; The Cobb Galleria Centre. Grow Your Green Business in 2010. This event combines both Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer events into one show. To reserve a booth, contact Seth Berk: 212.655.4505 X244, email Sberk@gogreenexpo.com or visit www.GoGreenExpo.com for more info.

ALBUQUERQUE

March 12-31; Opening 3/12, 7–9 pm
Media Arts Collaborative Charter School Art Showcase
Warehouse 508, 508 First St, NW
New Perspectives: Film, Photography, Fine Art and Video and Audio pieces

SANTA FE

March 1 -17: Wed & Thurs, 2 pm-4 pm
Sustainable Land Development Plan Workshops
Public workshops every Wednesday and Thursday. The draft SLDP is available for public review on the County’s website: www.santafecounty.org. Contact Melissa Holmes at 995.2717 or email msholmes@santafecounty.org. Hard copies are also available at County offices, Satellite offices and public libraries. For more info, contact Planning Mgr. Robert Griego: 986.6215 or email rgriego@santafecounty.org or visit www.santafecounty.org.

March 10
Are SF County Govt. Actions Becoming More Transparent?
SF Hilton, 100 Sandoval St. 11:45 am
League of Women Voters monthly general meeting and luncheon; Discussion with Roman Abeyta, SF County Manager, and Kristine Mihelcic, Media Relations and Public Info Specialist. Contact Jody Larson: 982-0776, dtlars@aol.com, www.lwvsfc.org

April 5
LANL Hazardous Waste Permit Public Hearing
SF Community College Jemez Rooms
For the first time in over 20 years, the NM Environment Dept. hazardous waste permit for Los Alamos National Laboratory is subject to public hearing. The 10-year permit covers operations at 24 sites that handle and store hazardous waste, including the 63-acre dump at Area G. Issues include NMED’s denial of LANL’s application for open air burning of hazardous waste; financial assurance so that funds are available for LANL clean-ups; and groundwater protection. Hearings are to be scheduled for Pojoaque, Española and Los Alamos. For more info, visit http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/hwb/lanlperm.html

April 14 – May 1
Ohki Siminé Forest
Universalist Church of Santa Fe, 107 Barcelona Rd.
Spiritual teaching circles, weekend seminars & private sessions in Medicine Wheel ways; Two public events: April 14 at 7 pm – Wisdom of the Whales, a New Moon women’s ceremony; and April 16 at 7 pm – Turtle Earth Cycles, open to women and men. Presented by the Red Wind Center of Santa Fe; For info and reservations, contact Patricia Worth: 505.429.0529, nmregistrations@redwindcouncils.org or visit: www.ohkisimineforest.com and www.redwindcouncils.org

HERE AND THERE

April 24
SynergyFest 2010
Melody Park, NM Highlands University – Las Vegas, NM
Celebrate the potential of a sustainable future for the community surrounding Las Vegas. Share ideas and goals related to local and global sustainability. Get educated on resource conservation, renewable energy, local commerce and food production. Organized by Sustainable LV, the local chapter of the NMSEA, and the HU Sustainability Club.

Amigos de Rio Gallinas Charter School for Ecology and the Arts runs the Sunshine Kids Village; Entertainment: local bands & school groups; Luna Community College presents its renewable energy program; United World College student volunteers, presenters and entertainers; Regional businesses and organizations provide info, demos, workshops, goods & services. Info: Cheryl Zebrowski: 425-6008 or email: czebrowski@desertgate.com