June 2010

Skilled NM Graduates Sought for Green Jobs – Online Service For Job Seekers and Employers

An innovative, online service called NM CareerMatch is now helping New Mexico employers and graduates with their talent and job searches. Employers specializing in green products and services are encouraged to sign on to this no-cost service, which is funded in part by a US Department of Labor Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant.

NM CareerMatch is available for job-seeking graduates of the University of New Mexico (UNM), UNM-Valencia, Central Community College of New Mexico (CNM), Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and New Mexico Tech who register on the nmcareermatch.com web site. More schools will be added in the More >

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2010 June Edition

The Blue Economy – Gunther Pauli, Permaculture Credit Union’s Tenth Anniversary, Every Day Green, Sustainability At Home, Sustainability Week, Green Remodeling, High-Tech View of the Past, Albuquerque Solar Projects, Kidnapped by the House (Part 3), Immigration Policy March, International Workers Celebration, Community Learning and Social Development, Resolana for Children and Families, Green Careers, Dreaming New Mexico’s Weather, Immigrant Farmer’s Initiative, Sostenga Garlic Fesival, A First Time Garden, Change in How People Care for the Environment, High Tech View of a Meaningful Past, What’s Going On?

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“Kidnapped by the House” – Affordable Housing, Land, and the Green Imperative – Part 3

Rebekah Zablud Azen

The Indispensable Community Land Trust

“Whereof what’s past is prologue, what to come in yours and my discharge,” the celebrated words of William Shakespeare summarize all too precisely our present predicament. We are circumstantial inheritors of land tenure patterns spanning centuries that typify gross disparities in land distribution and the accompanying maldistribution of social and economic benefits, along with a limitless expansion of destructive “externalities” (a term used by economists to describe the largely unaccounted-for fallout of economic progress) such as ecological collapse, resource depletion, and massive social dysfunction. That the majority of people lack access to affordable housing More >

Resolana for Children and Families

A upcoming series of “Better Together” collaborative dialogues focused on working to transform the lives of children and young people in Santa Fe will be facilitated by the Santa Fe Partnership for Communities and Schools and the Center for RelationaLearning,

The three dialogues will include jurisdictions, agencies and community organizations, which have been invited to design and create a partnership model. Participants will include leadership from the City, County, State and Santa Fe Public Schools, as well as business and faith-based communities, youth groups, foundations and service organizations.

What: La Resolana is a Northern New Mexico tradition for community problem solving. It literally More >

2nd Annual ¡Sostenga! Garlic Harvest Festival

2nd Annual ¡Sostenga! Garlic Harvest Festival

Camilla Bustamante

The Second Annual Garlic Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, July 3rd at the Sostenga Farm on Rail Road Avenue at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola. The annual harvest usually falls on the 4th of July but this year the holiday fell on a Sunday, which presented a double conflict for many community members. “Most years it will not coincide with the Santa Fe Farmers Market, but since it does, this year we invite all the farmers to get an early morning breakfast burrito on their way to Santa Fe,” said Jan More >

Immigrant Farmers of NM Unite: National Initiative Holds Meetings Across NM

Serafina Youngdahl Lombardi

In Los Lunas, NM, Carlos Munoz supplements his work in the yard of a construction company with family farm work. He rises early to milk goats and care for his rabbits, ducks, geese, doves and chickens. He hopes to turn the milk into added-value products, and to be able to grow all of his own alfalfa to feed his animals. Don Carlos has a ranching degree from the University of Chihuahua, the state from which he hails. His dream is to sell his products beyond his family network, acquire his own land, and make farming and ranching his More >

Permaculture Credit Union Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Member-Owned Institution Blends Business with Sustainable Living

A credit union is a cooperative of individuals with a common bond who save their money and make loans. Credit Unions are member-owned, not-for-profit institutions. They are regulated by the chartering state and the federal government, and as with banks, all deposits are federally insured for up to $100,000, in this case by the National Credit Union Administration. The first credit union in the US was organized in 1909.

In a financial economy where most consumers are simply worried about their money’s security, member-owners of the Permaculture Credit Union also invest in sustainability

for their communities. More >

The Blue Economy – Gunter Pauli

10 Years, 100 Innovations, 100 Million Jobs

Seth Roffman

On May 6, the Santa Fe-based Permaculture Credit Union celebrated their 10th anniversary at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Global eco-entrepreneur Gunter Pauli, founder of the Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives (ZERI) Network, was the special guest speaker.

Pauli introduced his new book, The Blue Economy: 10 Years, 100 Innovations, 100 Million Jobs,” which has just been published by Taos-based Paradigm Publications. The book explains how a new generation of entrepreneurs can bring innovations to the marketplace and make sustainable businesses competitive. Over one hundred such innovations, including many that have been brought More >

Community Learning and Social Development (Part l)

Miguel Angel Acosta

Colegio sin Fronteras, a new charter school, provides skills building, social support and workforce development training for at-risk students.

For the past several years, I have been part of a network of community educators across three continents who have been deeply engaged in a “Community Learning” praxis that has had a profound impact on our understanding of this sort of work and its essentialness to all social development. Economic Development, Community Development, School Reform, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities, Workforce Development, Quality Universal Early Childhood Programs, Green Economies; you name it. None can exist and succeed in a socially sustainable More >

High-Tech View of a Meaningful Past in the Tularosa Basin

Joan E. Price

A diverse crew of archeologists and interns is about to finish excavation of an impressively large pre-Columbian site in a narrow strip of land on US Highway 54 just south of Carrizozo. In a grid barely 100 feet wide and 200 feet long, three Navajos, a Pueblo-Comanche, two women of German and Jewish heritage, and two Mexican Americans have worked side by side since last October, squeezed in between roaring semi trucks, cars and recreational vehicles on the two-lane highway, and the Bonito water pipeline supplying Alamogordo and Holloman Air Force Base, running beside the barbed wire fence More >

Army National Guard Enlists Permaculture Institute for Crash Course Before Afghanistan Deployment

Permaculture is an ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects of human endeavor that one forward-thinking Army National Guard officer decided was integral for the training of his Afghanistan-bound troops.

Fourteen soldiers from Oklahoma’s 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer Higginbotham arrived on May 14th to begin an intensive, 15-day Permaculture/Sustainable Living Practices course in Northern New Mexico prior to a yearlong deployment.

Specially crafted by Scott Pittman, one of the foremost teachers of Permaculture in the US, and Arina Pittman, director of the Pojoaque-based Permaculture Institute, along with several guest lecturers, the course covers design More >

My Own Garden: Starting from Scratch, A First-Time Garden

Susan Waterman

Starting first-time vegetable gardens for a couple of my clients this spring has been a great refresher course for me. The process has been fun, and already anticipation of the rewards is exciting. I’d like to share the process for anyone who is also starting a garden for the first time in a site that has never been planted. We all have busy days, so of course time can be an intimidating factor, but don’t be discouraged. A garden can be launched step-by step over a number of days, including planting just one or two plants at a time, More >

Every Day Green – Walk the Talk

Susan Guyette

Matching our values with everyday choices can be a challenge. Add in confusing information, the pull of time constraints, and finding the resources to live a safer, more conscious lifestyle, and the result can result in, well – overwhelm. Yet, conscious daily choices for food and our personal environments contribute to better health, sleep, normal weight, and increased energy. You and your family are worth the investment; think of green choices as the 401(k) for your health. Value-based decisions lend an immeasurable quality to life.

Much confusion exists about the term “green” on products. With no legal definition in existence, More >

Sustainability at HOME is Sustainability for the Planet

Laurie Lange

This spring we’re witnessing the worst oil spill ever off the coast of Louisiana. There is talk of better regulations to prevent accidents. There are renewed calls for a “clean energy policy,” and perhaps, just perhaps, the tragic event in Louisiana will have some effect in creating better regulations and policy.

But even if we make policy changes, the efficacy of those measures to prevent environmental degradation and ameliorate climate change will be questionable because some aspects of the problem are being ignored. The partial way the problems are defined means that our solutions fall short. There’s little mention, for More >

Wind Energy Center to be Built in Cibola County

On May 12, Cibola County Commissioners voted unanimously to support the county’s intention to finalize plans with Red Mesa Wind, LLC, for a 102.4-megawatt wind turbine farm on approximately 5,000 acres of private land 60 miles northeast of Grants, 15 miles north of Laguna. The company plans to install 64 398-foot towers to deliver energy into the electric grid through a PNM transmission line.

The commission is scheduled to vote on a $215 million industrial revenue bond issue on June 15. There will be no county financial obligation or taxpayer money used, according to commission chair Eddie Michael. The project is More >

Albuquerque Sunport Solar System Installed

Goal is to become the “Greenest Airport in the United States”

The city of Albuquerque recently contracted Consolidated Solar Technologies, LLC and Mosher Enterprises, Inc. to design, engineer and integrate a large solar photovoltaic (PV) array for the Albuquerque International Sunport. It was the city’s intent to utilize an existing structure that would be the most efficient and cost effective site to produce renewable energy.

The new solar system incorporates 480 SunPower 305w mono-crystalline PV modules attached to the existing carport shade structures atop the sunport’s parking facility. The system will produce an estimated 235,170 kWh of energy annually. This is projected More >

Coal Mining Giant Peabody Invests in Carbon Capture

Peabody Energy has bought a $15 million equity stake in Calera, a developer of technology that converts carbon dioxide released from power plants into sustainable building materials. The deal is an example of fossil-fuel corporations’ attempts to fit into greener supply chains.

Calera’s technology can capture carbon dioxide gas released from all kind of industrial facilities — from coal-fired power plants to cement manufacturers — and, using simple seawater, solidify it into hard carbonates that can be used in bricks or eco-friendly cement. The company says every ton of its building materials can sequester up to half a ton of carbon More >

New Mexico’s Weather: A Quick Portrait

New Mexico is landlocked with moisture arriving from the Gulf of Mexico (500 miles to the southeast) in summer; the north Pacific (500 miles to the northwest) in winter; with occasional heavy rains from the Gulf of California/East Pacific. The west and northwest facing slopes, the highest mountains as well as the lands west of the Continental Divide capture the Pacific frontal storms in winter and have the most snow. The lands farthest from the Pacific, especially in the south, have the least rain or snow in winter. Those farthest from the Gulf (especially the Colorado Plateau) have the least More >

NM Greenbuilt Tour Presented by the US Green Building Council – NM Chapter

This year’s GreenBuilt Tour comes at an exciting and challenging time. Despite a difficult economy, green building continues to expand. Locally and nationally, both homes and commercial/institutional buildings are being sustainably built or remodeled. The number of projects pursuing certification through LEED, Build Green New Mexico, and other third party rating systems continues to rise. Every new project brings increasing awareness to the people that live, work, and learn in these green buildings. By encouraging ongoing practices like green housekeeping and recycling, these buildings influence behavior in positive and lasting ways.

In support of these efforts, USGBC has launched several new More >

The Low Hanging Fruit – A Place To Start When Remodeling Green

Faren Dancer If you’re looking to do a major renovation on an existing residence, a large menu of possibilities exists for how to green your project. You might look at not only potential energy savings and a lower carbon footprint, but also an array of healthful and sustainable solutions to add to your ever-expanding wish list. Most of us may not be able or willing to tear off the roof, demo the old wing or leave just one wall standing. There are sensible levels of attainment based on what the budget allows.

In our Santa Fe climate a great place to More >