The Carbon Economy Series of ecological education and sustainable living workshops returns to Santa Fe Community College this month. And, for the first time, in January the CES will also host a 3-day Carbon Economy Summit in Albuquerque.

The theme of the 2013-2014 series is Building Resiliency in Our Personal Lives, in Our Community and in the World. Well-known experts in a variety of fields will teach how people can develop resiliency in relation to food, water, soil, energy, business, health and climate change. Iginia Boccalandro, founder of the 3-year-old nonprofit says, “In response to the changing climate, the challenging economy, the ravaged environment and the rapid transition we are being asked to make, these workshops are designed to foster personal growth, strength, perseverance and tenacity.” And, she added, “to teach the world how to shrink our carbon footprint.”

CES sponsors include Arete Consulting Group, Green Fire Times, Inn of the Governors, La Montañita Co-op, Los Alamos National Bank, Santa Fe Community College, Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen and Joe’s Dining. The CES is seeking additional partners, sponsors, underwriters and volunteers. For more information, call 505.819.3828 or visit http://carboneconomyseries.com

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCE

October 12, 9:30 am-5 pm: Fire Crafting

Matthew Brummett (http://mattbrummett.com) will teach several techniques of this ancestral survival skill, along with fire safety.

November 8, 9 am-12:30 pm: The Greening of the Workforce

Bea Boccalandro will show how corporations and businesses can be green and socially responsible, how employees can be healthy, fulfilled and productive, how high-impact corporate community involvement is benefiting society and how Santa Fe can benefit.

January 2014 – Carbon Economy Series Summit (Albuquerque)

Keynote speaker Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms will teach a pre-conference intensive seminar on integrated farming for food production and the power of mentoring. There will be two days of short, powerful plenary sessions with local experts covering a myriad of subjects such as: bees, seeds, wise water management, soil food web, Permaculture design, energy efficiency, Pueblo agriculture and zero-waste. There will also be a sustainability trade show and a farm-to-table gourmet fundraising dinner with Joel Salatin to help provide scholarships.

February – Wise Water Management

March – The Soil Food Web

Biological solutions to increasing fertility, reducing water usage and growing healthy crops.