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Earth Day SF Bike-a-Thon and Southside Celebration—April 26
This Earth Day, you are invited to take action. Join Youth Allies’ Bike-a-Thon from 2:30-3:30 pm starting at Railyard Park, continuing down the river trail and Agua Fría Rd. to the Southside of town, where there will be a celebration from 3:30-5:30 pm at Earth Care/Zona Del Sol, 6601 Jaguar Dr. By participating you will help support one of the first solar projects on the Southside, organized by local youth in Earth Care’s Youth Allies program. Youth Allies leaders won a competition, created by Positive Energy, that will provide a full solar array and its installation for Zona Del Sol, which, in addition to housing, Earth Care, is home to other organizations and programs that serve thousands of Southside youth and families.
The event is being staged in partnership with New Energy Economy to raise the $5,000 match requirement for the grant. The ride’s theme is climate-change mitigation, alternative transportation and healthy lifestyles for all Santa Feans. “First and foremost, we want to do something about climate change,” said Gerardo Pineda, one the Allies’ lead organizers. “We are also raising the issue of green lifestyle access and changing things up a bit by doing an Earth Day action and community-wide engagement event that’s on the Southside. Residents there should have the same opportunities for alternative transportation, renewable energy and green living as other Santa Feans.”
The celebration will include food, music, a ribbon-cutting for the solar system, an art installation and performances. To register, sign up to volunteer, or for more information, call at 505.699.1025 or visit www.earthcarenm.org
Santa Fe One of Six Spotlight Green US Cities of the Earth Day Network
Community Conversation on Sustainability: April 22, Southside Library
More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. The Earth Day Network works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement.
The Green Cities campaign (www.earthday.org/greencities) is working to recognize outstanding sustainability programs and policies that can be replicated around the world. Santa Fe, NM has been selected by the Earth Day Network as one of six spotlight Green Cities in the US. Over the next two years, Santa Fe will work with the Network to bring together stakeholders in the community, organize dialogues about how to make Santa Fe more sustainable, and implement on-the-ground projects to green the city’s building, energy and transportation infrastructure.
“Santa Fe has set its sights on becoming a model green city,” said Franklin Russell, director of Earth Day at Earth Day Network. “Santa Fe’s commitment to improving its sustainability will improve the quality of life of its citizens, save taxpayer money and energy and help ensure a healthier future for the city.” “We are thrilled that Santa Fe has been selected,” said Katherine Mortimer, Sustainable Santa Fe Programs manager. “We work hard to make Santa Fe a model sustainable city and this recognition both validates our work and provides us with technical assistance to do even more.”
On April 22, at 5:30 pm at the Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive, community members can learn about the Sustainable Santa Fe Plan and join a conversation to discuss their priorities in the plan’s implementation. The city’s government wants to know how they can support improving the quality of life in the south side. There will be storytelling in an adjacent room for young children.
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