The Sustainable Santa Fe Commission works to implement the Sustainable Santa Fe Plan, passed by the Santa Fe City Council in 2008, through policy recommendations, progress tracking and community engagement campaigns and initiatives, including the annual Sustainable Santa Fe Awards. Starting this month, you’ll be hearing from the commission through our monthly column, as we provide updates and articles about our community’s efforts to reduce our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, reduce our ecological footprint and promote social equity throughout Santa Fe.

The Sustainable Santa Fe Plan was created through a series of public forums in collaboration with local experts in transportation, renewable energy, urban planning, food security, ecological adaptation, water conservation, green building and waste reduction. It outlines programs and policies that can help the city achieve its commitment under the Climate Protection Agreement from the U.S. Conference of Mayors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels. Like many communities in the United States, Santa Fe has not yet met this goal.

The commission works to coordinate efforts between community groups and city departments to advance policies, projects and campaigns that address sustainability objectives. The commission has taken a leadership role in projects such as the Convention Center’s design as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-rated building, residential green building codes and the reusable bag ordinance. The commission co-hosts the website http://sustainablesantafe.wordpress.com, which includes articles about sustainability efforts in Santa Fe, model projects/best-practices from around the country, and a resource section to connect community members with local organizations and initiatives.

The commission, which currently has one vacant seat, meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 2:30–4:30 p.m. in the Council Conference Room in City Hall. Meetings are open to the public, and community members are encouraged to participate in subcommittees. Interested community members should contact the commission staff, Katherine Mortimer, at kemortimer@ci.santa-fe.nm.us

 

 

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