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What’s Going On – March 2011
U.S. Green Building Council-NM Luncheon
MCM Elegante Hotel, 2020 Menaul NE
“LEED certification from the GECI perspective” presented by Melanie Dubin of the Green Building Certification Institute. A behind the scenes picture of the process. Emerging Professionals: $18, Members: $25, Non-Member: $30 Open to the public. Pay in advance with PayPal at www.usgbcnm.org.
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 services and products. Members are encouraged to log on and update their profile with more complete information. www.usgbcnm.org.
Recycling Festival for kids
Hispanic Cultural Center
Sponsored by Roots and Shoots. Contact Lisa Silva, Environmental Educator: firstname.lastname@example.org
High Country Gardens Spring Seminar Series
6921 Pan American Freeway
An excellent source of information on gardening in the Southwest. March 5, 10 am: Beautiful Waterwise Design, presented by Judith Phillips. Learn how to add style, aesthetics and value to your home landscape with the elements of exceptional xeriscape design. Book signing after talk; March 12, 10 am: Soil for the Soul. Learn how to add amendments to develop rich, fertile soil for abundant vegetables, flowers and strong trees. Presented by Greg Birkenfeld, president of Soil Mender; March 13, 10 am-4 pm: Guy Wolff Pottery Throwing Demo. Pottery will be auctioned off to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation; March 19, 10 am: Creating Shade with Flowering Trees. Presented by Jim Ord, sales rep with J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.; March 26, 10 am: Container Planting demo with landscape architect Bob Ross. Learn to select and arrange the best vessels, soils and plants for stunning potted combinations and vertical hanging gardens, and how to grow food and even trees in containers through the seasons. Free admission. For more info, call 505.867.8585, or visit the website at hcgstores.com.
March 16, 7-9 pm
Lonely Are the Brave Benefit Screening and Presentations
Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave. NE
Lonely Are the Brave – Made in Albuquerque in 1962 using the Sandia Mountains as a dramatic landscape for a mythic struggle between the “last cowboy,” Jack Burns (played by Kirk Douglas), and the encroaching modern world. Based on Ed Abbey’s novel The Brave Cowboy. This event includes presentations by award-winning Santa Fe-based aural historian, Jack Loeffler, on the Life and Times of Ed Abbey, and Dave Foreman, founder of the Rewilding Institute, on Albuquerque in the early 1960’s. Admission is free, donations accepted. RSVP tickets available by calling NM Wilderness Alliance at 505.843.8696. Tickets also available at Guild box office.
March 17; March 7 Registration Deadline
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep
UNM Continuing Ed., 1634 University Blvd., NE – So. Bldg. Rm. 222
This course, presented by Green Ideas, outlines basic knowledge of LEED and sustainability. The exam must be passed to be eligible to pursue a specialty in the AP credential. Practice exams, online exam simulator, flash cards, study materials and more. Cost: $320 for USGBC-NM members and $350 for non-members. Go to usgbcnm.org to register. For info, contact Ryan Moore: email@example.com
Regional Challenge Science Fair
UNM’s Johnson Gym
Students have been working on solar projects for this event. Special Award judging will take place March 18: 12 noon registration, 3:45pm close of judging. Contact Jim Palmer: jdPalmer@frontier.net
March 19-20, 10 am – 5 pm
International Green Ideas Show
Expo New Mexico
Held in conjunction with the Ultimate Home Showcase, this show brings together inventors, companies and concerned groups from around the world to network, gain exposure and communicate cutting-edge innovations one-on-one with earth-conscious consumers. Hundreds of new home, home improvement and lifestyle exhibitors. Admission $8 – Adults, $5 – Juniors (13-17) and Seniors (65+), Kids free (12 & under) Visit www.hbashowcase.com for admission discount. Contact: 505.265.1582, firstname.lastname@example.org (See ad on page XXX of this issue of GFT.)
March 22 – 23, 2011
Albuquerque Low Impact Development-GI Conference
National Hispanic Cultural Center
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. Registration ($75) is now open at https://www.regonline.com/2011_albuquerque_arid_lid_workshop. A limited number of scholarships are available. For more info, contact Steven Glass, CPSWQ Water Resources Planner, Bernalillo County Public Works Division, 505.224.1673
March 23, 1-5 pm
Workshop: Responsible Material Selection
UNM Continuing Education, 1634 University Blvd NE, So. Building – Rm 222
What makes a material green? All aspects of material selection will be presented, including material content, embodied energy, toxicity, maintenance protocol, designing to reduce use, and planning to minimize waste. Who should attend? Design, construction, real estate, government, operations & maintenance professionals. $150 USGBC-NM Members/$175 Non-members. 4 CEUs USGBC/AIA. To register, go to: www.usgbcnm.org
April 25, 5 pm – April 28, 6 pm
First Annual Intl. Indigenous Well Being Conference
“Planting the Sacred Roots of Healing and Well Being” A unique learning experience from indigenous and western perspectives that will connect spiritual, mental, social, and physical. Educators, health professionals, and community leaders and individuals are welcome. Keynote address, workshops, dialogue sessions, well being presentations, networking, traditional night, film review. Registration through April 25. 505.792.2900, www.seedgraduateinstitute.org
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
2011 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 Co-op 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.
Rio Grande Community Farm Opportunities
RGCF is a non-profit, certified organic farm in Albq’s North Valley. Their mission is to connect people, earth, water and wildlife in an urban setting by farming sustainably, enhancing wildlife habitat, and providing fresh, certified organic food to diverse populations in Albq. The RGCF offers many opportunities for qualified volunteers.
RGCF programs include: Sustainable farming on 50 acres of Los Poblanos Fields Open Space, Community Garden, Education programs & gardening workshops, Americorps program (farmer training), Share the Harvest (donations to food banks), Farm to School (APS), Farm to Restaurant, Annual Maize Maze, Wildlife habitat program, Community partnerships and special events
RGCF is seeking board members. Individuals must have an interest in sustainable agriculture and be willing to serve as an ambassador for RGCF in the community. For more info, contact board president Stephanie Dobbie at 256.4343, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.riograndefarm.org
Feb. 3-April 14
Climate Master™ Class
The NM Environment Dept. is offering an 11-week free series of classes on climate change and what you can do to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions in your daily life. Topics include Home Energy, Water, Transportation, Green Building, Renewable Energy, Yards, Consumption and Waste, Food, Sustainable Behavior, and Climate Change Communication. Local experts will discuss these topics. Community members are provided 30 hours of training and in return they “pay back” the program through 30 hours of volunteer service. Individual action is critical because individuals are the end users of most energy production via home heating and cooling, appliances, food, travel, and disposable products. Class is limited to 25 participants. See the website for details: www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/NewMexicoClimateMasters. For more info, contact Emily Geery: email@example.com or 505.476.4315.
March 3, 6:30 pm
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
James A. Little Theater
Films that speak to environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet and the work communities are doing to protect the places we love. The stories give us a sense of place and what it means to be responsible stewards of the earth. The festival kicks-off a national tour to over 100 communities. Introduction by Jack Loeffler. Hosted by the Quivira Coalition. Tickets $10. For details, visit www.quiviracoalition.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505.820.2544 ext. 2
March 5, 9 am-12 noon
Kraig Kraft book signing
SF Farmers’ Market
Kraig is co-author (with Gary Nabhan and Kurt Michael Friese) of Chasing Chiles: Hot spots along the Pepper Trail (Chelsea Green Publisher).
March 5, 10 am–4 pm
Wildness in Your Heart
Academy for the Love of Learning, New Center in Seton Village, 133 Seton Village Rd.
Finding Your Place In The “Family Of Things,” the natural world: the land around us, and our own inner “undomesticated” spirit. Relax more fully into Being and gain deep insight. The Academy carries forward E.T. Seton’s legacy. $75.00. To register: email@example.com or 505.995.1860, www.aloveoflearning.org
March 5, 10 am-5 pm
Health and Wellness Expo
La Tienda, Eldorado
50 practitioners will have booths. Ongoing free lectures throughout the day, free drawings, and lots of worthwhile information available. Info: 505.466.6707
Sunday Mar. 6, 11am-12pm
Journeysantafe Weekly Talk
Travel Bug Bookstore
839 Paseo de Peralta
The Waldorf School Student Council speaks out on today’s issues. Free. Contributions donated to nonprofits. More info: 474.1457. Web site: journeysantafe.org
March 10, 12 Noon; March 7: RSVP deadline
American Institute of Architects/Santa Fe Luncheon
The Lodge, Santa Fe
Commercial Construction LEED Services speaker: Johnny Rehders, LEED AP. This program is eligible for one hour of continuing education credit, HSW, SD. $20 for AIA members, $25 guests. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
March 11, 7:30 pm
Laurianne Fiorentino Concert
Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Cam. de los Marquez
“Simple as the Sun: A Healing Journey Through the Divine” An inspirational evening with mystical songstress Fiorentino (guitar, voice, bamboo flute, ocarina), Dave Borton (trombone) and Kelvin McNeal (piano). Tickets: $20. 505.983.5022, www.lauriannefiorentino.com
New Mexico Rivers at the Roundhouse
Participate in efforts to educate state legislators about the importance of healthy rivers. For more info, call the Gila Conservation Coalition at 575.538.8078.
March 17, 10-4
Santa Fe Fix a Leak Event
Genoveva Chavez Center, 3221 Rodeo Rd.
Learn how to find and save water. An American home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks. The city and county are partnering with EPA’s WaterSense® Program. In many cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by handy do-it-yourselfers, or contact a plumbing professional. WaterSense® also partners with certified landscape professionals who can check irrigation systems for leaks. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense to find WaterSense products or an irrigation partner in your area. Contact Daniel: 505.955.4221
March 18, 7-11 pm
Youth Media Project’s Audio Revolution! Showcase
Santa Fe Complex
An evening to celebrate northern NM youth talent through music, dance, media, spoken word performances and a dance with local youth bands. Educational projects amplify youth voices and impart awareness and involvement in social issues. http://youthmediaproject.org
March 22, 6:30–9 pm
Finding the Hidden Gift in Disorientation: When Dilemmas Lead To Insight!
Academy for the Love of Learning, New Center in Seton Village, 133 Seton Village Rd.
The times when things seem to be falling apart are quite often the moments when our most powerful and life-changing learnings make themselves apparent. This is a free evening of exploration. RSVP is necessary to attend. Contact: 505.995.1860, email@example.com or visit www.aloveoflearning.org
March 22, 23
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places. $15 per ticket, $25 both nights. Presented by the SF Conservation Trust. Info: 505.984.8221
March 25, 9:30 am–5 pm
Mapping the Territory: Creating The Ground for Personal Leadership and Action
Academy for the Love of Learning, New Center in Seton Village, 133 Seton Village Rd.
Reconsidering your work, imagining a life change, or feeling part of yourself is “unlived”? A vital step in visioning what could be — is becoming aware of what is! This day of reflection and exploration invites you to step back from your daily life, reconnect with your inspiration, and find your bearings. $85 earlybird by March 18. To register: 505.995.1860, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.aloveoflearning.org
March 28, 6:30-8:30
Green Drinks – Focused on Film
La Fonda Hotel, NM Room
The networking event’s guest speaker will be Holly Roach, owner of Green Production Resource. Launch of SFA’s Business to Film Project. www.santafealliance.com, www.greendrinks.org
March 31-April 1
Law of the Rio Grande
Inn at Loretto
11th annual conference. A discussion of hot topics in Colorado, NM and Texas. Learn from and network with the experts. Get the latest updates and possible solutions regarding the Rio Grande. Tuition: $695. To register: www.cle.com/santafe or 800.973.7130
April 7, 10 am-2 pm
Campus Center at Santa Fe Community College
Spring Community Career, Education and Training Resource Fair addresses the needs of SFCC students, graduates and community members, and reflects the current local job market. Information available from career service agencies, employers, education and training programs, and small business development organizations. Contact: Patty Armstrong, 505.428.1406, patty.Armstrong@sfcc.edu, www.sfcc.edu/career_services
April 16, June 4, July 16
Permaculture Farm Community Days
Near Pojoaque, NM
The Permaculture Institute and Scott and Arina Pittman invite everyone interested in permaculture to join them on this year’s Community Days at their “Lots of Life in One Place” farm. See their energy-efficient strawbale house, visit gardens, orchards, animals and community; talk permaculture and meet like-minded people. Reservation required; $10 suggested donation. Contact Arina at 505.455.0514 or email@example.com
Saturdays, 4 pm
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.
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
Volunteers Sought for Homeless Shelter Remodel
The former Pete’s Pet’s on Cerrillos Rd. is being converted into a shelter. The Interfaith Community Shelter Group is seeking a volunteer Registered Professional Electrical Engineer to design modifications to the existing electrical distribution system and a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer to design modifications to the heating and ventilating system. For info, contact the project architect, Vahid Mojarrab at 505.412.1242.
HERE & THERE
MiaGreen – Green Convention of the Americas
Miami Convention Center, Miami, FL
More than 200 city & municipality governmental officials from the Southeast U.S. as well as from Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Columbia, Costa Rica and more. More than 1,000 AIA architects. Green innovations in products, technology and services. Seminars ranging from: Designing & Building Greener Americas, Greening the Hospitality Industry, How To Be Green and Profitable, Green Building Operations, LEED Waste Management Strategies, The European Experience for Market-based Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction, Recycling in Construction, Remodeling & Renovation. 303.412.0000, mail@MiaGreen.com, www.miagreen.com
March 7, 5:15 p.m.
Las Vegas’ Farm to Restaurant Project
Luna Community College Cafeteria (off of Hot Springs Rd.), Las Vegas, NM
Farmers, ranchers, restauranteurs and chefs are encouraged to attend. The public is welcome. For directions and info, e-mail: email@example.com
March 10, 5:15 pm
Sustainable Las Vegas Meeting
NMHU Donnelly Library, Rm. 325, Las Vegas, NM
Local chapter of the NM Solar Energy Assn. Bob Wessely will speak on Las Vegas’ water situation: its issues, complexities, and how they are being addressed. Wessely co-founded and served as Technical Dir. of SciSo, Inc., a systems engineering firm providing design and management for government and industry technical projects over 29 years. He was a principal of the leadership team, which developed the Regional Water Plan for Sandoval, Bernalillo and Valencia Counties. He currently is a member of the L.V. Utility Advisory Committee and Vice President of the L.V. Community Water Board. For further info, call Emelie Olson: 505.454.3920.
Resilience 2011: Resilience, Innovation and Sustainability: Navigating the Complexities of Global Change
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
This 2nd Intl. Science and Policy Conference will bring together scientists from a broad spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds who are interested in the major science and policy challenges that face us all as a result of global change. www.resilience2011.org/
March 26, 8:30 am – 4 pm
Pueblos y Semillas Gathering and Seed Exchange
Northern NM College, 921 Paseo de Onate, Espanola
6th annual. Sponsored by the NM Food & Seed Sovereignty Alliance (NM Acequia Association, Traditional Native American Farmers’ Association, Honor Our Pueblo Existence, Tewa Women United) and Northern NM College. Bring seeds to share. Everyone welcome. For more info, call Pilar Trujillo: 505.995.9644 or firstname.lastname@example.org
April 6 – 8
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Phoenix, AZ.
Creating healthy environments. The industry’s premier conference on environmental sustainability for the healthcare sector. The event brings together healthcare professionals, university researchers, designers of professional buildings, and vendors of cleaner and safer products and services. This first and only conference dedicated to sustainable healthcare is expanding its focus on green buildings with two unique workshops: LEED for Healthcare and The Hospital of the Future, plus nine green building sessions. Main conference rate: $595. More info: 617.524.7021, email@example.com
Sustainable Opportunities Summit and Expo
Marriott Denver City Center, Denver, CO
6th annual business sustainability conference, the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Attendees from business, academia, and the public sector. This conference is co-hosted by CORE and the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business, University of CO. www.sosummit.org/home
Power Shift 2011 Conference
For those interested in sustainability, green jobs and green economy, and teachers who have students who are passionate about getting involved in government policy, action and youth empowerment toward a sustainable future. The Energy Action Coalition is a youth-led coalition of 50 organizations working for a clean, just and renewable energy future.
April 19-20 — Rocky Mountain Green
U.S.Green Building Council-Colorado will be hosting their annual Rocky Mountain Green annual spring conference. April 19 will include two pre-conference workshops: Homes 251-LEED for Homes Program Review and GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green. For more information on the workshops and conference, click here. Discounts for USGBC-NM members.
Land and Watershed Restoration in Native Country (Navajo/Dine) Navajo Reservation near Window Rock, AZ
Practical Permaculture Training. Workshop on land remediation and watershed restoration that includes working with forest, grazing and farmland. Led by Scott Pittman and Steve Vrooman. Students will work with Navajo Elders and local community members. This class is recommended for landowners, dryland farmers and ranchers, land restoration specialists, students of ecological design and biology, watershed management specialists, and permaculture graduates interested in dryland sustainability. Work cross-culturally with indigenous and non-indigenous people. Participants camp on the land and participate in food preparation. Fee: $775. More info: 505.455.0514, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.permaculture.org/nm/index.php/site/featured_project
April 30, 10 am-4 pm
Melody Park, Las Vegas, NM
Annual event. Volunteers are welcomed, now and during the event. For info, call Cheryl Zebrowski: 718-6932
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: email@example.com
Celebrando de las Acequias 2010 Online Documentation
Two-day symposium held in Dixon, NM in June was organized by writer/ historian Juan Estevan Arellano and featured aural historian
Jack Loeffler on watershed-based thinking, professor Sylvia Rodriguez, Ph.D., on the sacred role of water in northern NM, Ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan, Ph.D., on the biology of adaptation and native foods as a basis of cultural and ecological resilience. There were also speakers on food policy, stream restoration and erosion control, new directions in acequia landscape planning, and acequia culture in the context of state policy. For complete documentation produced by the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University, go to: http://aridlands.woodbury.edu/public_programs/celebrando_2010.html
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
NM Green Chamber of Commerce
The NM Green Chamber of Commerce, with chapters around the state, has a business directory that is a great resource for conscious consumers looking for locally owned and environmentally friendly businesses in their area. Contribute to a sustainable future by supporting businesses in your city/town that are striving to be leaders in green business practices. Info: 505.859.3433, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://nmgreenchamber.com/members?page=2
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