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Free workshop to help businesses reduce energy costs and qualify for rebates

Southern New Mexico businesses interested in reducing their energy bills by incorporating energy efficiencies in their buildings may have an opportunity to have El Paso Electric cover part of the bill.

Owners of commercial and industrial properties can learn about rebates available for such projects at a seminar to be offered by the New Mexico State University Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in cooperation with El Paso Electric and Energy Control, Inc. The Partners in Energy Incentives Program Workshop will be held 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 2, in the Boeing Room in Goddard Hall on the NMSU Las Cruces More >

Sec’y of Interior, Other Dignitaries to Join Celebration of Rio Grande del Norte Nat’l Monument on March 30

TAOS, NM—March 28, 2013—Dignitaries including Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Rep. Ben Lujan (D-NM), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Deputy Director Neil Cornze and others are expected to speak at a celebratory event at Taos Mesa Brewing in honor of the March 25 designation of Rio Grande del Norte – New Mexico’s newest national monument. The public is invited.

WHO: Dignitaries scheduled to appear include: Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar; Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM); Rep. Ben Lujan (D-NM); Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Deputy Director Neil Cornze; BLM NM State Director Jesse Juen; and NM Green Chamber More >

Commercial Algae Farming Workshop April 11-12 in The Woodlands, Texas

Commercial Algae Farming Workshop (including a tour of the NAA Test Center)

Homewood Suites by Hilton 29813 I-45 North 77381. The Woodlands Texas

April 11-12, 2013

(Early Registration Extended to March 29th)

The National Algae Association, a 501(c)6, is the first non-profit algae trade association in the US to assist algaepreneurs and algae farmers in creating commercial-scale algae farms on non-arable acreage or inside large commercial buildings in the US using algae research, proven technologies and commercial algae production equipment.

The algae industry’s current focus is on the early-stage production of high value products and co-products today, then focusing on large-scale biofuels projects over the More >

La Semilla Food Summit, April 7-9

La Semilla Food Summit Dig In!

Anthony & Las Cruces, New Mexico April 7-9, 2013

Set to take place between Anthony & Las Cruces on April 7th, 8th, & 9th, Dig In! is shaping up to be an amazing educational experience! Presented by the Southwest Marketing Network, Farm to Table, USDA, and La Semilla Food Center, the Summit will include many garden, farm, and cooking workshops along with a public lecture by Dr. Ricardo Salvador and a cooperative development forum! And, De La Vega’s Pecan Grill is hosting Eat What You Sow! A local foods benefit dinner and silent auction for La More >

Eldorado Funky Chicken Fuster Cluck

WHAT: Eldorado Funky Chicken Fuster Cluck — A benefit dance & silent auction for the Legal Defense of “The Eldorado Nine”

WHO: featuring The Broomdust Caravan with many special guests including Matthew Andrae, Laurianne Fiorentino, Joey Wilson, George Adelo, Puppets revenge and Drastic Andrew and the Cinnamon Girls with Special Guest Host: Alan Hutner of “Transitions Radio”

WHEN: Friday, April 5th at 5 pm

WHERE: The Performance Space in La Tienda at Eldorado

COST: $20 suggested donation (no one turned away)

EXTRAS: Best Deviled Egg Dish Contest ($5 entrance fee) Bring your best chicken joke to tell.

Green bills await governor’s signature

The New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce  reports that the following  NMGCC-drafted or -endorsed bills are now on Gov. Martinez’s desk awaiting signature.

HB 40 Benefit Corporation

This legislation allows corporations to voluntarily  have a dual purpose: profit and social benefit.  Existing corporate law requires directors to maximize profits and does not allow directors to consider environment and society.  Benefit corporation laws encourage business growth; provide options for entrepreneurs and to attract new investment.  These corporations also produce annual qualitative reports.    This bill has bi-partisan sponsors and bi-partisan support in the House and Senate.  There is no fiscal impact to this bill More >

Local Gardener Receives Sodexo Foundation Grant to Fight Childhood Hunger on Global Youth Service Day 2013

Michael Meade, a 25 year old Santa Fe native, has been awarded a Sodexo Foundation Youth Grant. The grant will support Michael in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of childhood hunger. Service activities will take place on Global Youth Service Day, April 27, 2013, an international service event celebrating the contributions of children and youth.


Michael’s project will bring together youth volunteers at the Agua Fria Elementary School to install drip irrigation and rainwater catchment, construct a hoop house for aquaponics and spirulina cultivation, and prepare the garden for spring planting.  By expanding the school’s food production More >

Genoveva Chavez Community Center Celebrates Earth Day

Save the Date, Sunday April 20, 2013

SANTA FE, NM – The Genoveva Chavez Community Center announces that it will host an Earth Day event on Sunday, April 20, 2013 with tree seedling giveaways, family activities, dancing and more. The event is free and will feature a variety of entertaining and educational activities for all ages. The Recreation Division has partnered with Keep Santa Fe Beautiful and The Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency to sponsor this event.

Details will be posted on our website when the event schedule has been finalized.

The Genoveva Chavez Community Center is located at 3221 Rodeo Rd, More >

Legislative actions to be discussed in Sunday program

This Sunday March 24, 2013 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

David Bacon and Guests in Conversation on Recent Legislative Actions and Other Issues of The Day, in the ongoing conversation of Who Controls Water in the Bio Region.

JOURNEYSantaFe sponsors Sunday morning gatherings 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 Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeeshop at 202 Galisteo Street.

Community Forum in Albuquerque on genetically engineered food labeling

Albuquerque, NM- Disappointed by the recent demise of New Mexico Senator Peter Wirth’s Senate Bill 18, an amendment to the New Mexico Food Act, requiring the labeling of GE food throughout the state, hundreds of friends and neighbors ask the city council to introduce and pass a local resolution.

Where our state capitol let us down, our local city council has an opportunity to take the lead. Concerned citizens –farmers, scientists, business leaders, nutritional experts – will speak to the 300 in attendance. This event is part of Food & Water Watch’s ongoing campaign to make the labeling of GE food More >

Environment New Mexico Eagerly Awaits President Obama’s Order to Protect Treasured Landscapes

Albuquerque, NM – President Obama is expected to designate five national monuments on Monday including Río Grande del Norte near Taos, New Mexico.  These designations will permanently protect this landscape from development.

“Environment New Mexico eagerly awaits President Obama permanently protecting Río Grande del Norte,” said Sanders Moore, director of Environment New Mexico.  “This is exciting news for the hikers who explore Ute Mountain, a free-standing former volcano in Río Grande Del Norte, and the wildlife that live there.”

Río Grande Del Norte is home to thousands of plant and wildlife. The region is home to bald eagles and falcons; migratory birds, such as herons; More >

Labor report shows green jobs outpaced all other industries

From Huffington Post: For people looking to put their finances in the black, a new report suggests they may be wise to look green. [But ironically, the federal agency  that generated the report has since been hit with budget cuts as part of the sequestration and in the future  will not measure green goods and services. Editor}

That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that breaks down employment in green goods and services through 2011. As first pointed out by the LA Times, the report shows “green jobs” growing from 2010 through 2011 at a rate four times faster More >

Earth Hour Challenge is Saturday, March 23

SANTA FE, NM — At 8.30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013, hundreds of millions of people across the globe will switch off the lights of homes and businesses for one hour—Earth Hour—the largest environmental action in human history. This simple step brings our voices together to collectively say “We Care” and to make the commitment to take action and take better care of the planet in the years ahead. Earth Hour is a great opportunity for you, your organization, or business to step forward and be a leader in your community.

Councilor Patti Bushee said of this challenge, “It is More >

City Needs Volunteers for Bike-to-Work Week, May 13 to 17

SANTA FE, NM – The City of Santa Fe needs your help! The public is invited to help plan, support and participate in the City’s annual Bike-to-Work Week on May 13 to 17. The first planning meeting will be held on Monday March 18, at 5:15 p.m. in the City Councilors’ Conference Room at City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue.

Bike-to-Work Week is intended to get people out of their cars and onto their bicycles and features bike workshops, tune-up stations, and giveaways, with the week culminating in a gathering on May 17, 2013 at the Santa Fe Railyard. Last year’s Bike-to-Work More >

A Local Foods Benefit Dinner in Las Cruces

La Semilla’s Eat What You Sow! Local Foods Benefit Dinner will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at De La Vega’s Pecan Grill. The dinner will feature farm fresh veggies with a seasonal dessert – all sourced from area farms. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items including art, gift baskets, and local food treats.

Tuesday, April 9th 5:30pm De La Vega’s Pecan Grill 500 S Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, NM $60 each, $100 couple Tickets available at, in person at De La Vega’s, or reserved by phone at (575) 201-4981 Tickets are limited, so reserve More >

Volunteers needed for New Mexico Wilderness

Wilderness Volunteers is a nonprofit that organizes and promotes one-week volunteer service projects across the country in cooperation with public land agencies including the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Two scheduled projects in New Mexico need adventure-oriented people looking to give something back. After setting up a base camp, participants work four days on the service project and take a day off to explore the area and relax in a wild setting. Participants supply their own camping equipment. The $299 fee includes three meals and snacks each day, project leadership More >

Santa Fe takes a stand for genetically engineered food labeling Food & Water Watch to advocate for national legislation

Santa Fe, New Mexico— This past week, the city of Santa Fe became among the first in the nation to pass a resolution to call for the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, citing that consumers should have the right to know what is in their food. The consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch brought the resolution to City Council as a part of their “Let Me Decide” campaign to make GE labeling the law. GE foods have not been fully More >

Beyond Pesticides 31st National Pesticide Forum April 5-6



Beyond Pesticides’ 31st National Pesticide Forum brings together top national scientists with local and national activists and concerned citizens to share information on the issues local communities are facing, craft solutions and catalyze networks to manifest positive health and environmental policy and change. The 2013 conference will focus on organic food systems, building resilient communities, and bringing ecosystems back in balance—incorporating regional issues such as water and food sovereignty in the Southwest.


Sustainable Families, Farms and Food Resilient Communities Through Organic Practices

University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM April 5-6, 2013

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Permaculture Bootcamp

The community is invited to participate in a Permaculture Bootcamp. The event begins with a talk Friday night, March 15th followed by two days of workshops, March 16th and 17th.

Participants will learn the basics of Permaculture design and Permaculture core values. Participants will also leave the Bootcamp with a master plan for sustainability of their own site including expert peer review of their plan.

The Permaculture Bootcamp is part of the Carbon Economy Series and will take place at the Santa Fe Community College. Upcoming events in the series are Women’s Gardener, Farmer and Rancher Training which begins with a Friday More >

How GMOs Contribute to Global Climate Change

According to a recent paper by South Dakota State University researchers, grasslands in the “Western corn belt” is being converted to grow corn and soy at a rate “comparable to deforestation rates in Brazil, Malaysia, and Indonesia.” This trend may have a significant impact on global climate change, and subsequently, our ability to secure our food supply long-term. According to another research paper, converting sections of Midwestern corn fields into pasture for cows could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by as much as 36 percent. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a report titled: “Climate Change and More >