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Fires of Change and Landscapes of Life and Death

Two exhibitions presented by 516 ARTS deepen relationships to life, death and the fragile ecosystems we inhabit.

 

“Generally, the idea of death makes people slightly, if not wholly, uncomfortable,” writes curator Mary Anne Redding, “especially when it’s the intimate idea of human death… or the mass destruction of life and landscape after a devastating fire. Yet many artists explore the shape of loss as a meditation on the landscape of death, whether contemplating their own or through a more universal meditation on loss and grief.”

 

This month presents an important opportunity to look at and deepen our relationships to life, loss, death More >

What Does It Mean to Work for Gender Justice in New Mexico?

 

Fatima van Hattum and Sarah Ghiorse

 

What does it mean to work towards gender justice in a time when political leaders on the national and state levels are actively defunding programs and services critical to women and communities most impacted by structural inequities? Over the past year, NewMexicoWomen.Org (NMW.O), along with a team from University of New Mexico, engaged with women and communities around the state in dialogues on this topic. This month we will publish the results in a two-part report titled The Heart of Gender Justice in New Mexico: Intersectionality, Economic Security and Health Equity.

 

Perhaps the most important theme More >

OP-ED: Pam Roy / Soda Tax and Health: The Work Continues

 

Just because the voters defeated Santa Fe’s proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages on May 2 doesn’t mean that the city’s dietary health problems have gone away. While the price of soda will remain the same, the ballot initiative did heighten awareness of problems associated with unhealthy eating.

 

Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in particular and unhealthy foods in general is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic in the United States. According to Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, one in three children in the U.S. is overweight or obese, with the trend disproportionately affecting Hispanic and Native American More >

Newsbites – June 2017

National Parks and Monuments May Lose Protections

National monument designations make lands off-limits to commercial development. President Trump has described national monuments created since 1996 that cover more than 100,000 acres as “a massive federal land grab” that “should never have happened.” The president has proposed reducing or redesignating 27 monuments in 11 states. Under an executive order, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was instructed to produce a final report in 120 days.

 

Conservationists see Zinke’s review as the first step in turning over monuments to become federal land that can be transferred to state trust lands required to generate income for the More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – June 2017

 

June 7, 8:30 am–4 pm

NM Recycling Coalition

ABQ Museum, Ventana Salon

Annual meeting and professional recycling training. 6 CEU credits towards NMED and National Sustainable Resource Management Recertification. $100/$175. 505.603.0558, www.recycyclenewmexico.com

 

June 7, 5:30 pm

First Forum Lecture

National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th St. SW

“Advancing Healthy Politics in New Mexico.” Join New Mexico First for an evening on strengthening and rewarding a healthy democracy in the Land of Enchantment. Featured speakers: retired U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott, co-authors of Crisis Point: Why We Must – and How We Can – Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America. Bipartisanship awards will More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – June 2017

 

June 4–6

Next Generation Water Summit/Green Expo

SF Convention Center

Learn about new tools and models for building to become radically more water-efficient. An event for policymakers, building designers, builders/developers, water conservation professionals, water system designers, landscape designers, land use planners, etc. Educational sessions. Keynote speakers: Ed Mazria, Mary Ann Dickinson. Registration: $299/$50 students. 6/4: Green Expo and Green Home Show. Hosted by the City of SF, SF Green Chamber, Green Builder Coalition, Santa Fe Area Homebuilders Association. www.NextGenerationWaterSummit.com

 

June 5–30

Art of Academics through Native Connections

Gonzales School

Free, full-day program for rising 1st through 8th grade Native American students. Students work on literacy, math More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – June 2017

 

June 1–Sept. 29

Earth Bag Building Workshop

Learn to build a sustainable, affordable, off-grid solar home. 575.770.0085, earthandsunsustainablebuilders.com

 

June 4, 11, 25; July 2,9,16, 1–5 pm

Indigenous Herbalism and Healing Series

Arroyo Seco, NM

Seven classes taught by Grandmother Flordemayo, Emigdio Ballon (Bolivia), Henrietta Gomez (Taos Pueblo), Howard Badhand (Lakota), curandera Tonita Gonzales, Tiffany Freeman (Cree). $350. Natives from local pueblos may pay on a donation basis. 914.400.7558, www.nativerootshealing.com

 

June 17, 12–6 pm

Rally for the Río/Río Grande del Norte

Orilla Verde Recreation Area

Pilar, NM

Reconnect with the río and conservation organizations. Food, music, fun. Kids welcome. Free float trips for Amigos Bravos members from Los Ríos River Runners. Directions, More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – June 2017

 

June 4, 9 am–4 pm

Corrales Garden Tour

Corrales, NM

Sweet Tree Farm, devoted to preserving heirloom trees and plants is one of six distinctive, private gardens on the self-guided tour. Tickets: $12/adv., $15 day of tour. www.corrales-gardentour.com, Info: 505.350.3955 or info@corrales-gardentour.com

 

June 4–10

Geology of Northern NM

Ghost Ranch Education Center near Abiquiú

Class includes 3 full-day excursions, including the Valle Caldera, Río Grande Gorge and a mining district near Dixon. 505.685.1000, ghostranch.org

 

June 5, 10 am–2 pm

Economic Development Incentives Workshop

El Zócalo, 264 S. Cam. Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM

Learn about NM incentive programs, tax credits, financing programs and more. NM Dept. of Workforce Solutions, USDA, Realty One More >

City Calls for Members for Public Banking Task Force

Public-led group will forge path forward for public banking in Santa Fe – Apply by June 9th

The City of Santa Fe is calling for members of the public interested in serving on the inaugural Public Banking Task Force to submit a resume and a letter of interest that briefly addresses their reasons for applying and their expertise in one of the required areas, detailed below.

The Public Banking Task Force is charged with determining the “procedures, timelines and requirements that would be necessary to establish a chartered public bank and to make recommendations to the governing body in preparation for the More >

Journey Santa Fe: A Brief History of Acequias in Santa Fe, With Phil Bové

Journey Santa Fe sponsors Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).

May 28, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconic  Coffeehouse

The Santa Fe Watershed Association & JourneySantaFe present: A Brief History of Acequias in Santa Fe, With Phil Bové Hosts: Andy Otto, Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy

Phillip Bové has been a commissioner More >

Journey Santa Fe Water Series: A Brief History of Acequias in Santa Fe, With Phil Bové

Journey Santa Fe sponsors Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).

May 28, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffeehouse

The Santa Fe Watershed Association & JourneySantaFe present: A Brief History of Acequias in Santa Fe, With Phil Bové Hosts: Andy Otto, Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy

Phillip Bové has been a Commissioner More >

Journey Santa Fe Water Series: OUR WATER, With Claudia Borchert, Santa Fe County’s Sustainability Manager

Journey Santa Fe sponsors Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).

May 21, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik  Coffeehouse

The Santa Fe Watershed Association & JourneySantaFe present: OUR WATER, With Claudia Borchert, Santa Fe County’s Sustainability Manager Journey Hosts:  Andy Otto, Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy

The Santa Fe Watershed Association, in More >

Journey Santa Fe: An Exploration of Solutions to the Colorado River Basin’s Water Problems, with John Fleck

Journey Santa Fe sponsors Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).

May 14, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffeehouse

Water is for Fighting Over & Other Myths About Water in the West: An Exploration of Solutions to the Colorado River Basin’s Water Problems, with John Fleck Hosts: Andy Otto, Alan Webber More >

Taos County’s first ever Guns to Gardens Gun Buyback

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Saturday, May 20th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Taos Sheriff Department, 599 Lovato Pl. Taos, New Mexico 57571

Taos, NM: Join New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and the Taos Sheriff’s Department.

Following a successful fundraising effort by NMPGV, May 20th will mark the third statewide gun buyback to safely get unwanted working guns out of homes and off the streets. Over the coming year, RAWtools, in partnership with Santa Fe Community College welding and sculpture students, will forge unwanted, dismantled guns into garden tools and public art projects and installations. Watch RAWtools at work here: http://rawtools.org/swords-to-plows/.

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“Planning for a Secure Water Future Means Everyone is at the Table”

The New Mexico Water Dialogue’s 23rd Annual Conference

 

Lucy Moore

 

New Mexico has been officially “water planning” for the past 30 years, ever since legislators in El Paso tried to reach across the border and help themselves to New Mexico groundwater. The battle was decided in court, and the judge said that New Mexico could deny El Paso’s permit to take our water only if we could prove that we needed every drop for ourselves. This inspired the state to establish a process for a state water plan that would shut the door on thirsty neighbors.

 

The state water plan would be More >

Water Newsbites – May 2017

 

Mixed Messages on New Mexico’s Water Supplies

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials say that because of above-average mountain snowpack along the Colorado-New Mexico border, this summer farmers and cities along New Mexico’s Río Grande river system, including the Río Chama, can expect a full allotment of water. They cautioned that their forecast, which was also based on soil moisture and climate predictions, is a guess and that things can change.

 

The Sangre de Cristos near Santa Fe, the Pecos River Basin and other mountains farther south have had below-average snowpack due to a hot, dry March and “flash drought.” Months of More >

Next Generation Water Summit

 June 4-6 in Santa Fe

 

Seth Roffman

 

 

Water is the true limit to growth in the Southwest. Buildings must become radically more water efficient. New tools and regulatory models have been developed, allowing us to do this now. – Kim Shanahan, executive officer, SFAHBA

 

Making our communities sustainable in the long term given predicted drops in renewable surface water flows, and resilient to short -term and long-term impacts from the effects of climate change, are critical issues across the southwestern United States, as well as many other regions around the world. — Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives

 

 

The Santa Fe Home Builders Association, More >

An Introduction to the Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS®)

 

Mike Collignon

 

The use of analytics, modeling and metrics is increasing, whether it’s in advertising, sports or social media. Now it’s making its way into the construction industry. In the energy-efficiency world, there is the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score (HES). Water efficiency now has a performance-based metric: The Water Efficiency Rating Score, or WERS®.

 

What is WERS®?

WERS® is a predictive, performance-based approach to residential water-efficiency and water-resource management. WERS® is the culmination of calculations that consider the loading from principal plumbing fixtures, clothes washers, structural waste and outdoor water management. Potential rainwater, greywater, stormwater More >

Next Generation Green Building Codes: Modeled Performance

 

Katherine Mortimer

 

In 2009 the City of Santa Fe adopted a green building code for new single-family residences. The code addressed building energy use, water conservation, greenhouse gases embedded in building materials, indoor air quality, lot design and homeowner education. Recently, the city, in consultation with the local building community, adopted a major change in the code focused more specifically on energy, water and indoor air quality, using three performance standards. 

 

The big (good) news is…there’s no more checklist! Most green building programs use a checklist of items in a range of topic areas. The process of collecting cut sheets and More >

What Water Is Right?

 

Doug Pushard

 

Water, water everywhere, but what is right for me? With water we do have lots of choices and not all are created equal. You are probably wondering what I am talking about. What choices, what water?

 

Of course there is city water that most of us utilize abundantly. But we also have rainwater, greywater and blackwater. All of these are potential sources of water that could be used to drive our net water use to zero or better; helping us to become a net producer of water.

 

Each one of these waters has different characteristics that make it well suited for More >