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Green Fire Times November Events
Nov.3, 11:30 am -1 pm
Monthly Luncheon – U.S. Green Building Council – NM
MCM Elegante, 2020 Menaul NE
Protecting Our Water with Low Impact Development. Counts as LEED CEU credit. Open to the public. Fees: $25 members, $30 non-members, $18 EP members. http://www.usgbcnm.org
Nov. 6, 5-8 pm
NM Tribal Libraries Fashion Show Fundraiser
Isleta Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,11000 Broadway SE
3rd Annual event. Silent auction: 5 pm; Dinner: 6 pm; Waterlily Fashion Show: 7pm; To RSVP, call 505.362.6463
Nov. 6-7, 8 am-5 pm
PV Design and Installation Class
Yale Blvd., So. of Lead and Coal Aves.
Hands-on rooftop instruction and application. Instructors Marlene Brown of Sandia Solar Programs and Chris Ellis of Positive Energy. Fee: $700. Presented by the nonprofit American Solar Energy Institute. Call 505.554.2641 or visit aseinstitute.org for more info.
National Community Land Trust Conference
Sawmill Community Land Trust
The largest gathering of Community Land Trusts in the country. Learn and share experiences with practitioners, board members, residents, partners and others. Core courses in the CLT Academy curriculum; seminars such as the new model ground lease, homeowner engagement, tribal land ownership, the London CLT, fair housing. Hands-on green rehab practicum. Release party for The Community Land Trust Reader, in collaboration with the Lincoln Institute. Bus tour to Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo to learn about innovative approaches to housing development on tribal lands. Registration is now open. Contact Greg Rosenberg: email@example.com. For more info, go to www.cltnetwork.org to download the conference brochure.
Nov. 10, 8:30-noon
Quivira Pre-Conference Workshop
“Bringing Life Back to Your Land: moisture, microbes, and climate change” Craig Sponholtz of Dryland Solutions, Inc. and Doug Weatherbee, Soil Doctor. 505.820.2544 or visit www.quiviracoalition.org
Quivira Coalition’s 9th Annual Conference
The Carbon Ranch: Using Food and Stewardship To Build Soil and Fight Climate Change. “Carbon pioneers” will speak about how to reduce the atmospheric content of CO2 while producing substantial co-benefits for all living things, including local food production, improved ecosystem services, restored wildlife habitat and rural economic development. Free opening night presentation by Dr. David Montgomery on Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. For complete details and to make online reservations, call 505.820.2544, e-mail Catherine Baca: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.quiviracoalition.org.
Nov. 13, 11 am-12:30 pm
Sustainable Energy & Building Talk
SW Green Building Center, 5620-L Venice Ave. NE
Jane Whitmire, Residential Energy/HERS Rater/Green verifier will speak and answer questions about common energy wasters and ways to reduce heating bills. 505.821.6259
Nov. 13 noon-3 pm
Peacecraft Benefit Silent Auction
3215 Central Ave., NE
Albuquerque’s only Fair Trade store. Twenty-one years of serving the greater NM community. Featuring beautiful textiles and the permanent collection of beautiful, unusual global artifacts. Refreshments. Call 505.255. 5229 or e-mail: email@example.com
November 13 • 7 pm
El Otro Lado: The Other Side
National Hispanic Cultural Center
The Academy for the Love of Learning, with partners 516 ARTS and the Natl. Hispanic Cultural Center, present a community storytelling event and exhibit opening for El Otro Lado: The Other Side – Albuquerque, a collaborative, interdisciplinary art project led by artist Chrissie Orr, Academy faculty, and writer Michelle Otero. The event will be emceed by Michelle Otero, and features project participants and NM poets. Free to the public. For more info, contact Chrissie Orr: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nhccnm.org
The Inter-American Foundation an independent agency of the U.S. government, has put together this conference featuring five IAF grantee organizations from Bolivia, Mexico, Panama and Peru. The IAF works to improve the quality of life for regions by developing sustainable tourism and economic development programs that involve culture. The conference will include demonstrations, panels, performances and workshops by the visiting groups. The events are open to the public at no cost. For more info, contact Robin Zimberoff at 505.768.7209 or email@example.com.
Nov. 16, 1-3 pm
Community Forum on Biofuels Standards
NMSU Albuquerque Center Auditorium, 4501 Indian School
Join USDA Officials and help shape America’s Biofuels Roadmap to meet Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022. USDA needs input and feedback on interim plan. Review the plan at http://tinyurl.com/USDABiofuels; RSVP to Maria Zannes, Southwestern Biofuels Assn., 505.400.9747 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainability Reporting Training
In partnership with the ISOS Group, Concept Green hosts a Global Reporting Initiative Certification course through group exercises, lectures, group critiques and individual homework assignments for sustainability professionals, watch groups and sustainability students. Call 505.414.9313
Jan 13, 8:30 am – 4 pm
NM Water Dialogue
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Registration is now open for this event. The focus will be “Economic Stress: Hard Times for Water Planning and Management?” Speakers will discuss market-based transfers of water rights and how planning changes during a time of both scarce finances and water resources. Lunch is catered by the IPCC. Register online at http://www.nmwaterdialogue.org. Fees reduced for early registrants and Dialogue members. The Dialogue is a nonprofit with a diverse statewide board and seeks to foster communication and education about NM water issues.
Albuquerque Backyard Farms Collaborative
A group of organizers who lead gardening and farming education organizations are coordinating efforts in 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 Governments, Sunstone Herbs, Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque Chicken Coop Tour. For more info, visit www.abqbackyardfarms.com/ABQ_Collaborative.html
2012 Edible Albuquerque Gardens Registry
See what people are doing in ABQ. An “edible garden” is any place you grow food near where you live – from growing on your terrace – to having a full-scale frontyard or backyard farm. E-mail: email@example.com or visit http://.2012abqgardens.ning.com
Beneficial Farms CSA
Now accepting members in Albuquerque. Weekly distribution at La Montanita Coop Warehouse, 3361 Columbia Dr. NE. Beneficial Farms CSA works with up to 40 regional farms each year, and offers abundant, affordable shares of fresh fruit and vegetables and other local and regionally produced foods year round. All produce is grown with sustainable chemical free methods.
Nov. 3, 5-8 pm
Develop Planning Skills, Set Goals and Define Strategies
Santa Fe Business Incubator, 3900 Paseo del Sol
Workshop led by Bette Bradbury, WESST Director of Training and No. NM Regional Manager; Fee: $25. Contact Roseanna: 474.6556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 4 Registration
Workshop – Nov. 6, 9 am-3:30 pm
Wetland Restoration Training
Eldorado Community Preserve
This is your chance to learn land restoration firsthand from the innovative experienced agro-ecologist Craig Sponholtz. Craig will provide training to implement the same locally-appropriate, ecological restoration techniques EWI uses for the healing of wetlands and streams throughout Santa Fe County. 505.982.9806, www.earthworksinstitute.org
Nov. 5, 3-6 pm
IAIA Open House
IAIA Campus, 83 Avan Nu Po Rd.
Visit the Institute of American Indian Arts to see their new digital dome (the only one of its kind in the country), classroom demos that highlight their unique facilities, a special screening of award-winning Native films, “Art in the Raw” uncensored student exhibit and more. Also, see six amazing exhibits at IAIA’s Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (open until 7 pm) downtown. Free. More info: 424.2351
Nov. 6, 10 am-4 pm
The Natural Kitchen
Deborah Eden Tull from Creative Green will present this workshop in association with the release of her new book, The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution. Explore the relationship between our health and the planet’s health in the kitchen. $50 to $65 sliding scale. Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center. 505.780.0535, www.ampersandproject.org
Nov. 6, 1-2 pm
Green Building & Sustainable Development Radio
Faren Dancer will host SF County Commissioner Kathy Holian to discuss the upcoming SF County Land Use Plan. Also, NM State Rep. Brian Egolf on the election and outlook for the upcoming session.
Through Nov. 7
Public Review of Transportation Improvement Program
The SF Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has released a proposed amendment to the TIP FY2010-2013. The board will hold a public hearing before taking action at their November 17 meeting. The amendment is available for review on the MPO website: www.santafempo.org.
Nov. 9, 16
SFCC Continuing Education Classes
Nov. 9: Water Harvesting, Nov. 16: A Guide to Successful Building; Non-credit classes taught by Dan Clavio of Architects, Designers & Contractors Network, along with experts in each topic. 3-hour classes are designed for people preparing to build or renovate a home or commercial building. For info, contact SFCC at www.sfccnm.edu or 505.428.1676, or ADC Network at www.adcnetwork.org/classes.html or 505.474.8388.
Nov. 9, 6 pm
Public Hearing on Revised Sustainable Growth Management Plan
SF County Commission Chambers, Grant Ave.
Board of County Commissioners meeting. See revised final draft at www.santafecounty.org. For more info, contact Planning Manager, Robert Griego: 505.986.6215 or e-mail email@example.com.
Through Nov. 14, 10 am-5 pm (Tues.-Sat.)
Community Gallery (SF Convention Center)
An exhibit of art created from recycled materials. 50% of all artist materials were destined for a landfill. Presented by the SF Arts Commission in collaboration with the Solid Waste Department and the Recycle Santa Fe Arts Festival. Info: 505.955.6705
Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival
El Museo Cultural
Eco-conscious art market, juried art event, student art show, trash fashion & costume contest (Nov. 12, 7 pm). Art market coordinator Sarah Pierpont: 505.603.0558, firstname.lastname@example.org. More info: www.recyclesantafe.org
Congreso de las Acequias
Santa Fe County Fair Building
The NM Acequia Association’s annual meeting. The Congreso is the governing body of the NMAA. The meeting is held to pass resolutions that guide the strategic direction of the NMAA, and to elect the eleven-member Concilio. For more info, contact NMAA at 505.995.9644
November 14, 3-5:30 pm
“Celebrating Our Community” EWI Fundraising Event
Joe’s Diner: 2801 Rodeo Rd.
Join Earth Works Institute in celebrating their community of donors and partners. Find out how you can become one and meet the wider EWI community. Hear about how EWI restores the earth and creates jobs. Learn how you can take action in the new environmental economy. Registration and Fee: Donations in the amount of your choice. To RSVP, call 982-9806 or e-mail: email@example.com. More info: www.earthworksinstitute.org
Flash Flood for a Living River
Santa Fe River
3,000 people carrying blue painted recycled cardboard will position themselves along the dry riverbed for a design to be documented from space by satellite. Organized by the SF Art Institute in coordination with 350.org, the event is part of a global campaign to raise awareness of the human impacts on climate change. The “Flash Flood” will be projected alongside 19 other global aerial designs as part of the Cancun Climate Change Summit Nov. 29 to Dec. 10. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 424.5050.
Nov. 20, 9-11 am
Santa Fe River Cleanup
Meet at Closson Footbridge. Wear long pants, bring water, work gloves. Organized by the SF Watershed Assn. Call or e-mail Greg Lower 699.6893, email@example.com
Nov. 26, 5-7 pm
Art for Animals Benefit
Hahn Ross Gallery, 409 Canyon Rd.
Benefit for Espanola Valley Humane Society; Exhibition of new works by Elizabeth Hahn, Lynne Loshbaugh, Joel Nakamura, Fran Nicholson and David Phelps. Food, door prizes. Call 984-8434 or 930.1450.
Dec. 1 Application Deadline
Master Gardener and Community Volunteer Training
16-week training begins February 7 or 8 (eve. or day classes). Learn about soils, plant selection, pest management, water conservation and more from NMSU educators and local experts. The mission of the Santa Fe Master Gardener Association is to teach and promote locally sustainable gardening practices. Cost: $175. For more info and an application, call 471.4711 or visit www.sfmga.org
Dec. 18, 10:30 am-12 pm
Storyteller Sunny Dooley (Diné)
New Mexico History Museum exhibition space. Free. www.nmhistorymuseum.org
Santa Fe Creative Tourism Initiatives
Artists and craftsmen who offer workshops and classes within SF County are invited to list their offerings with Santa Fe Creative Tourism at www.SantaFeCreativeTourism.org. See “Get Involved” tab to list. This service is free and provided by the city of SF Arts Commission.
Public Comments on Buckman Direct Diversion Review Draft Invited
Copies of the Draft Independent Peer Review Technical Report, which describes the evaluation of the potential health risks to Santa Fe residents from future tapwater use of the Rio Grande can be obtained on the websites www.bddproject.org and www.chemrisk.com. A Draft Community Summary and a Draft Executive Summary will also be available for review and comment. These are both shortened versions of the Draft Technical Report. Comments for the ChemRisk IPR team should be directed to Matthew H. Le, M.P.H. at MLe@chemrisk.com.
A third public meeting will be held on Dec. 7 from 6–8 pm at the SF Convention Center to present the final BDD IPR reports and the responses to comments received.
November through February
Earthship Intern Program
Winter learning opportunities: month-long sessions. Participants work up to 5 days a week on Earthship projects. Those who complete a month will earn a certificate to attend a future Earthship Seminar (a $450 value). This opportunity is open to those who would like to live in an Earthship on site while learning. For dates for each session and an email application, contact Kirsten Jacobsen, Education Director, Earthship Biotecture: 575.751.0462, firstname.lastname@example.org
HERE & THERE
Traditional Agriculture & Sustainable Living Conference
Northern NM College Auditorium, Espanola
Keynote speakers, Winona LaDuke, White Earth Land Recovery Project; Oscar Olivera, Water rights activist, Cochabamba, Bolivia; Chaz Wheelock, Oneida Nation; Arty Mangan, Dreaming NM. Workshops, seed exchange Labyrinth walk, vendors. For more info, visit www.foodandseedconference.info or call 505.747.8148 or e-mail: email@example.com
Nov. 6, 9 am-2 pm
Free Water Clinic
McCurdy School, Espanola
If you live in the Espanola Valley, test your water well now! Free basic testing for private well owners. Free information on recently discovered health risks in Espanola area groundwater. Uranium and arsenic combo test: $45. Bring one quart of water in a clean container. Sponsored by the Community Education Division and Good Water Company. For info, call 505.471.9036
Dixon Studio Tour
Studios & workshops around village of Dixon
Wander among the orchards and visit the 30+ open studios featuring a full spectrum of contemporary and traditional fine art and crafts. Info: www.dixonarts.org
Nov. 14, Dec. 5, 1-4 pm
Camino de Paz School & Farm Open House
Santa Cruz (near Espanola)
Nov. 25, 8 am
NM Agriculture Documentary on KUNM-FM
Examines changes in NM farming and implications for the economy, culture and identity of the region. Hear the voices of farmers, farmworkers, researchers, state ag officials and others.
Dec. 2 Postmark Deadline
Aldo Leopold Writing Contest
Open to students in grades 6-12 in NM. $2,500 in prizes; Tell the story of a local land ethic leader and reveal understanding of Leopold’s land ethic. Winning essays will be read at the national premier of “Green Fire,” a feature length documentary film about Aldo Leopold on February 5, 2011 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. For more contest details and an entry form, visit www.LeopoldCelebration.org.
Dec. 22: Application Due
USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – $6.3 million
Eligible Entities: State governments, local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture requests proposals for the Rural Community Development Initiative. RCDI supports organization capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural area. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to programs that support micro-enterprise and sustainable development, and programs to assist recipients in completing pre-development requirements for housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects by providing resources for professional services, e.g., architectural, engineering, or legal. For more info, including state contacts, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=58143.
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
Veterans Green Jobs Academy
Northern NM College, Espanola
Workforce training and specific degree programs to support military veterans in fully accredited academic certificate and degree programs in areas of environmental science related to renewable energy, hazardous materials response, forestry, sustainable agriculture, wildland fire science, construction trades and others. A partnership with the NM Dept. of Veterans Services. For more info, call Dr. Biggs at 505.747.5453 or visit www.nnmc.edu/vetacademy.htm.
Community Land Trust Forming
For those seeking a truly affordable home, stability and self-sufficiency, the Community Land Trust model provides an alternative to landlessness and its accompanying ills. We are forming a rural, self-sustaining, Community Land Trust in northern NM and seek donations of land/funds, or founding members who can invest at least $10,000. To learn more about CLTs, read Kidnapped by the House, a 6-part series in Green Fire Times beginning in April 2010 at www.greenfiretimes.com or call Rebekah at 505.424.9475.
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