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What’s Going On, January 2011
US Green Building Council-NM Luncheon
MCM Elegante Hotel, 2020 Menaul NE.
An update from the Technical Advisory Committee on 2010 LEED projects and a presentation of the UNM student case study of the LEED Gold Certified Barcelona Elementary School. Also, a couple of perspectives on the recent GreenBuild conference in Chicago, and a preview of the 2011 legislative session. Emerging Professionals: $18, Members: $25, Non-Member: $30 Open to the public. Pay in advance with PayPal at
USGBC-NM Membership Directory
As a service to members and the general public, the USGBC-NM has launched a new Membership Directory to help members promote their services and products. Members are encouraged to log on and update their profile with more complete information. www.usgbcnm.org.
Jan 13, 2011, 8:30 am – 4 pm
NM Water Dialogue
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
The Dialogue is a nonprofit with a diverse statewide board and seeks to foster communication and education about NM water issues. This year’s 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. Update on the state water plan. Lunch catered by the IPCC. Fees reduced for early registrants and Dialogue members. Register online at http://www.nmwaterdialogue.org.
Jan. 15, 9 am-4 pm
Winter Bird and Bat Festival
2901 Candelaria NW
The festival offers talks and slide shows, bird and nature walks, kids’ crafts, and live birds and bats. Event benefits Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center. Day-use park pass: $3. For more info, call Peter Kelling: 505.856.2922
Jan. 29, 11:30 am – 2 pm
Souper Bowl 2011
5840 Office Blvd. NE
Roadrunner Food Bank invites you to attend this popular event, held at the Food Bank’s new distribution facility. The event features dozens of Albuquerque’s finest chefs and restaurants, live entertainment and prize drawings. Proceeds help feed the growing number of hungry New Mexicans. For more info, visit: www.rrfb.org/souper_bowl.htm
Feb. 18-19 7:30 am – 5 pm
2011 NM Organic Farming Conference
Marriott Albuquerque Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd. NE
Organized by Farm to Table, The NM Dept. of Agriculture, NM Organic Commodity Commission, NM State University Cooperative Extension Service. Jane Sooby of the Organic Farming Research Foundation will give the keynote address: “How Organic Research Can Improve Your Farm.” There will be many workshop sessions and opportunities for networking. Exhibitors will offer displays and information. For a special lodging rate, call 1.800.262.2043 or 505.821.3333. To register for the conference: www.farmtotablenm.org. For info, call Le Adams at 505.473.1004, ext. 10 or email@example.com (Santa Fe) or Joanie at 505.841.9067 (Albq.)
Focus Group on Food Safety Requirements
Farm to Table is hosting a focus group during off-conference time at the Organic Farming Conference to answer questions regarding this issue. To participate, contact Ilana Blankman: 505.473.1004, ext. 12.
16th Water Conservation & Xeriscape Conference
Hilton Albuquerque, 1901 University Blvd. NE
“Connecting People, Nature, Environment” Exhibitors, speakers, free seminars. Contact the Xeriscape Council: 505.468.1021, PO Box 14311, Albq. 87191, www.xeriscapenm.com
Feb. 26, 9:30 am – 6 pm; Feb 27, 10 am – 5 pm
Water Conservation & Xeriscape Expo
Expo NM – The Fairgrounds
Vendor registration is now open. http://xeriscapenm.com/xeriscape_conferences/2010/expo.php
March 24 – 25, 2011
Albuquerque Low Impact Development-GI Conference
Albuquerque Marriott Uptown
Second annual Albuquerque Arid LID-GI Conference. Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, Bernalillo County, SSCAFCA, City of Albuquerque, US Forest Service, AMAFCA, NMDOT, Middle Rio Grande Stormwater Team. Conference will focus on Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development in Arid Environments. More info and online registration and to subscribe to our news feed to receive future updates.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Jan. 2, 11 am
On Wisdom – Craig Barnes
The Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta
Journey Santa Fe presents Craig Barnes, author of Democracy At The Crossroads, Growing Up True, and In Search of the Lost Feminine. Barnes’ radio show in Santa Fe is on Saturdays at 9 am on KSFR (101.1 FM) $3-$5 contributions are encouraged. Journey Santa Fe is a group of thinkers who meet each Sunday to explore life values and seek community. www.journeysantafe.org
Jan. 3, 6:30-8 pm
Reversing Heart Disease with Dietary Changes and Nutritional Supplements
Integrative Holistic Healing Center, 826 Cam. De Monte Rey, Ste. B2
A presentation by Daniel Cobb, Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Free. For more info, call 424.9527
Jan. 6, 6:30 – 9 pm
Why Slowing Down Matters: Finding Satisfaction in the Here and Now
Academy for the Love of Learning, 1012 Marquez Place, Ste. 306A
Free introductory Evening of Exploration ask: “What can we learn about ourselves if we stop and taste the moment? Through an interactive dialogue, explore how learning can lead not merely to the accumulation of knowledge but perhaps more – personal transformation and the expression of our innate gifts, longings, and individual natures. RSVP is necessary to attend: 505.995.1860 or email@example.com, www.aloveoflearning.org
Beginning Jan. 8, 4 pm MDT
Green Talk Radio
KTRC – 1260 am
A new weekly show with Faren Dancer. At a time when our culture is requiring a major shift in how we relate to the Earth and our fossil fuel-based economy is poised for transition to a renewable future, awareness and knowledge are keys to true sustainability. Each week we will explore the issues, the politics, the science, and the evolution of consciousness that impact the balancing of life on our planet.
Jan. 8, 1-5 pm
How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci
Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East # 3
Learn the secrets of Leonardo’s genius. Michael Gelb, internationally best selling author, will take us through the 7 principles and guide us to applying them to challenging life issues. Access deeper levels of intuitive wisdom and harmonize them with critical thinking skills. Cost: $60. To register, call 505.474.8555, www.santafesoul.com
Jan. 10, 6:30-8 pm
How to Reverse Osteoporosis with Dietary Changes and Nutritional Supplements
Integrative Holistic Healing Center, 826 Cam. De Monte Rey, Ste. B2
A presentation by Daniel Cobb, Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Free. For more info, call 424.9527
Jan. 10 Deadline
Logo Contest – Multicultural Alliance for A Safe Environment
MASE envisions respectful, peaceful communities cherishing a healthy environment. The organization is rooted in the experiences of uranium-impacted communities of the southwestern U.S. working to restore and protect the natural and cultural environment through respectfully promoting intercultural engagement among communities and institutions for the benefit of all life and future generations.
Current MASE Objectives are to:
• Stop Roca Honda Mine Permit through a legal challenge and a community organizing strategy
• Amend RECA to include Post 71 workers
• Move the homestake tailings pile, and reset the background cleanup standards.
• Find Funding to cleanup abandoned uranium mines.
• Do a water study to evaluate the extent of groundwater contamination and its movement by obtaining a comprehensive water study through the USGS.
• Do a comprehensive health study to evaluate uranium effects on our health.
MASE Core Groups include the Bluewater Valley Downstream Alliance, Dineh Bidziil Coalition, Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining, Laguna-Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment, and the Post-71 Uranium Workers Committee.
The logo must communicate MASE’s vision and mission. It will be used online, in print, and in all marketing applications. It must resize easily and look good in black & white as well as color. It must contain the words “Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment.” The winning designer will receive a $500 cash prize. See complete submission guidelines on MASE’s website: masecoalition.org
Jan. 13, 4 pm
Buckman Direct Diversion Project Board Meeting
Santa Fe City Council Chambers
Jan. 18, starting 3:30 pm
New Innovation Center Opening
Discovery District, 560 Montezuma (2nd fl., to the right of the World Market near Sanbusco)
Following the opening will be 3 days of keynote lectures, discussions and presentations by notable innovators, inspiring entrepreneurs and senior business executives on topics such as accelerating the process of innovation, the development and adoption of products in the marketplace and how to enhance sustainable entrepreneurial growth in NM. Presented by the High Desert Discovery District, an independent nonprofit dedicated to helping NM entrepreneurs succeed. For a full description of activities, visit www. hddd.org.
Jan. 20, 7 pm
Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour and Eco-Short Film Competition
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Presented by WildEarth Guardians (www.wildearthguardians.org). Contact Terry Flanagan, 505.231.5180 or Angelisa Espinoza, 505.988.9126, ext. 0. General Admission: $15. For tickets: 505.988.1234, www.lensic.org or Sangre de Cristo Mountainworks: 505.984.8221, www.sdcmountainworks.com
La Casa Sena Cantina, 125 E. Palace
Networking for green-mined people. Learn what environmental initiatives are on the 2011 legislative agenda. Enjoy chef Patrick Gharrity’s Farm to Restaurant appetizers. www.santafealliance.com
Jan. 29, 11:30 am – 2 pm
Souper Bowl XVII
SF Convention Center
A benefit for The Food Depot, northern NM’s food bank. More than 25 restaurants compete for the honor of “Best Soup.” Pick up tickets in advance (adults $25, children $10) or at the door ($30, $10), downtown at the SF Convention Center. Gp to www.thefooddepot.org or call 505.471.1633 for info on participating restaurants and ticket prices.
Through Jan. 30
Tree Seedlings for Sale
The Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with the NM Natural Resources Dept., Forestry Division, is offering applications for low cost tree seedlings. Applicants must own at least an acre of land, and plant the seedlings for windbreaks, reforestation, Christmas trees, erosion control, conservation education, or wildlife plantings. There are many species available that are adapted to our area in both deciduous and conifers. For more info call 505.988.6253, ext. 3.
10th annual Española Basin Workshop
Santa Fe Community College Jemez Rooms
The theme: “Española Basin Surface and Groundwater Quality.”
Who should come: Everyone who is conducting geological, geophysical, and hydrological studies within the greater Española Basin region. Attendees are encouraged to contribute a poster presentation to the meeting. Abstracts are due Feb. 11. Further info on registration and instructions for submitting abstracts are posted on the website: http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/ebtag/upcoming.html
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.
Save A Ton Recycling Campaign
The city of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe New Mexican have launched a campaign to double recycling in Santa Fe in one year. Santa Feans score way below state and national averages. For a city with its own recycling facility that envisions becoming a Zero Waste community, we can do better! People should get The Green Line in the Santa Fe New Mexican on the third Thursday of each month for a full page of recycling information. Find information on the Save A Ton campaign at www.sfnewmexican.com and click on Green Line or on Facebook. Contact Regina Wheeler, SF Solid Waste Director: 505.955.2209 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
HERE & THERE
Now 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, email@example.com
Application Due: Jan. 7
EPA Integrated Assessment of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Impacts $2 million in grants available. Eligible entities: States, local governments, territories, Indian tribes, international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions.
The EPA is soliciting proposals to advance comprehensive, integrated modeling and assessment of multiple greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Proposals should provide ways to enhance understanding of climate change impacts and their economic implications in order to assist decision makers and the public in effectively responding to the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. More info: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html
Application Due: Jan. 12
NOAA K-12 Environmental Literacy Grants
The U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration requests proposals. $8 million in grants available. Eligible entities: Institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local, and Indian tribal governments. This RFP will support education projects that advance inquiry-based Earth System Science learning and stewardship directly tied to the school curriculum, with a particular interest in increasing climate literacy. Up to 10 awards are anticipated. For more info, contact Carrie McDougall at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=56016. Refer to Sol# NOAA-SEC-OED-2011-2002608.
Jan. 14 Deadline
Public Comment on LEED Rating Systems
USGBC is accepting public comment on an update for the LEED Rating System. This update affects the Building Design and Construction, Neighborhood Development, and Homes rating systems. For more info, visit ttp://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2360
Sustainable Foods Summit
How do organic, fair trade and other eco-labels contribute to sustainability? What are the sustainability needs of consumers and food companies? The summit is geared at business, marketing and technical professionals from food manufacturers, ingredient firms, retailers & distributors, industry organizations & certification agencies, researchers, investors as well as others looking at sustainability in the food industry. E-mail: email@example.com, www.sustainablefoodssummit.com
Jan. 21-23, 9 am-6 pm
8th Annual Red Paint Powwow and Indian Market
Grant County Business & Conference Center, next to Ace Hardware, Hwy. 180, Silver City, NM
Dance demonstrations, storytelling, performers and music. Friday is an educational day for schoolchildren. Saturday and Sunday offer Competition Dancing as well as Gourd Dancing and Grand Entry. The Indian Market is open all three days. Cost: $10
Solar Power Generation USA Conference
Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Networking opportunity for educators, solar professionals, utilities, developers, policy makers, vendors and government agencies. Speakers, seminars, training courses, exhibitions. For more info, call 971.238.0700, visit www.solarpowercongress.com or www.greenpowerconferences.com
Annual EcoFarm Conference
Asilomar Conf. Center, Pacific Grove, CA
Jan. 31- Feb. 2
EUEC – Energy and Environment Conference 2011
Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
2011 Green Jobs National Conference
Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC
2011 Southwest Food Convergence
Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona
All over the Southwest, the food sustainability movement is growing. In south Phoenix, community members and nonprofits are planting gardens to help reverse food deserts. Students are asking their campus food service providers to purchase ethical and environmentally-sound products. Activists are working to ensure farmworker rights and fair wages. These seemingly disparate actions fit into the creation of a sustainable food system as a whole. In the context of the unique SW cultures, economies and environments, this conference, hosted by United Students for Fair Trade and the Real Food Challenge (http://realfoodchallenge.org/), will create a space for students and allies from across the food sustainability and justice movement to share knowledge and skills, cultivate relationships, and deepen our commitment. $35 registration. Info: http://www.usft.org/
Go Green Expo: For Business & the Public
Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
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, or call 505.466.1767 or toll free: 866.466.1767, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Statewide Computer Recycling Program
Computers do contain some environmentally sensitive materials. These can be safely removed or recycled, but only if the computers are kept out of landfills in the first place.
Goodwill Industries of NM, in partnership with Dell, is offering a free drop-off program for consumers who want to responsibly recycle any brand of used computer equipment in any condition, and request a donation receipt for tax purposes. All proceeds of value recovered from the equipment go to help New Mexicans seeking to overcome barriers to employment. For more info about Goodwill Industries of NM or to shop online, visit goodwillnm.org. For info about computer equipment donations, contact Ryan Stark: 505.881.6401, ext. 1920
Equipment can be brought to one of Goodwill/NM’s ten retail centers during regular business hours:
5000 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque (Northeast Heights)
6636 Caminito Coors NW, Albuquerque (Westside)
3211 Coors SW – Suite E, Albuquerque (South Valley)
1108 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque (Sandia Foothills)
2003 Southern – Suite 113A, Rio Rancho
3060 Cerrillos, Santa Fe
2601 N. Main, Roswell
1861 Hutton, Farmington
2005 N. Prince, Clovis
1820 E. Highway 66, Gallup
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