Sustainability

Water Crisis in the West: Thinking Like a Watershed

March 27, 2014 (Thu) 7:00pm

KiMo Theatre

FREE

Thursday Night at 7pm Five panel discussions led by Jack Loeffler Author of Thinking like a Watershed Producer of Watersheds as Commons Project Director – Lore of the Land, Inc. March 27th, 2014 Indigenous Perspectives: Native Americans Featuring panelists: Rina Swentzell, Lyle Balenquah, Estevan Arellano Panelists will present multi-cultural land/water…

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Array Technologies Commissions Ramona and Valley Center Solar Sites

 

ATI completes two sites for a total of 19.5 MWdc in Southern California

Albuquerque, NM – December 19, 2013/ — Array Technologies has completed the DuraTrack™ HZ single-axis solar tracker supply for the Ramona and Valley Center, Calif. Solar Sites. Developed by GCL, the projects were constructed by engineering, procurement and construction company Blattner Energy. Both sites, located just east of Escondido, will provide renewable power for San Diego Gas & Electric under a power purchase agreement (PPA).

 

The DuraTrack HZ was chosen for both of these projects based on its unmatched flexibility, ability to squeeze into tight spots and maximize ground More >

International Festival To Help Feed New Mexico’s Hungry

The St. Felix Pantry in Río Rancho announces its “Annual International Festival” in honor of Mother Angela’s ministry for people of all cultures.  Mother Angela is the Foundress of the Felician Sisters in Río Rancho, NM as well as the Felician Sisters worldwide.  The event is in support of its mission, to provide food, clothing, and household items in times of need to New Mexico families.

The highly anticipated fundraiser will take place on October 6, 2013 at the Albuquerque Sheraton Uptown from 1 pm-4 pm.  “Inspired by an International Community, we have some exciting dishes planned,” said Manuel Casias, Vice More >

Comments Sought on NAFTA and the Environment

Nearing the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),  the trinational commission in charge of the trade pact’s environmental side agreement is  seeking public input on 20 years of expanded trade and its ecological impacts.

In a call for comments, the Montreal-based Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is seeking written information and commentary on pertinent issues leading up to an October 17-18 meeting in Washington, D.C., where government officials, activists and academics will gather to “reflect on the successes and shortcomings of (NAFTA), and how or whether trade liberalization can continue to co-exist with strong environmental protection.”

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Home Grown New Mexico June Calendar

ABQ Saturday, June 29 from 10am-12pm Home Grown New Mexico and Skarsgard Farms Pollination Gardening Class by Loretta McGrath from Pollinator Partnert Project Skarsgard Farms Urban Agriculture Education Center – 3435 Stanford Drive NE Contact homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or 473-1403

June Potluck for Community Homesteaders Home Grown New Mexico South Valley in ABQ Last week of the month Call 473-1403 or homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com with questions

Santa Fe Saturday, June 1 at 9am-11am Pollinator Gardening Class- FREE Home Grown New Mexico and Farm to Table Earth Care Community Garden (Country Club and Jaguar) homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or 473-1403

Saturday, June 8 from 10am-4pm and Saturday, June 22 from 10am-1pm All-Grain Brewing Class

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An Interview with Santa Fe City Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger

GFT: What is needed for fresh, new approaches to revitalize Santa Fe’s tourism?

RW: “Visitors want to experience a city, a culture, in an authentic way. The key distinction we’ve made in terms of creative tourism is that you can experience it hands-on. Since the International Creative Cities Conference in 2008 where we presented 50 different creative tourism experiences, we’ve focused, in Santa Fe, on building the infrastructure. By that I mean identifying additional artists who are willing to interact with tourists. We’re now up to over 300 on our website. We have offered training so they’re better able to sit More >

Southwestern College “Transforming Consciousness Through Education”

Southwestern College in Santa Fe is a 30-year old progressive training institution and graduate school which draws upon ancient world wisdom, modern social science, and current developments in the fields of counseling, psychology, art therapy, neurobiology, quantum physics and conscious leadership. Their approach is influenced by the likes of Carl Jung, Carl Rogers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Abraham Maslow, Rudolf Steiner, Phineas Quimby, Ancient and Indigenous Wisdom Traditions, Neurobiology, cognitive behavioral approaches, and the great wisdom schools throughout the centuries.

Southwestern offers Masters’ Degrees in Counseling and Art Therapy/Counseling, as well as a Community Education Program and Counseling Center, which offers sliding-scale More >

The New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts

NMAHA is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. The nonprofit school’s integrated massage and bodywork certification programs provide cutting-edge holistic bodywork training in multiple modalities. In addition to the Dual Massage and Polarity Program, students may gain certification in Ortho-Bionomy, Craniosacral, Reflexology, and Equine Positional Release. These programs are also offered as Continuing Education classes. A curriculum has been developed for a Holistic Medical Massage that NMAHA intends to initiate within the next year.

Students provide bodywork treatments to all populations in Santa Fe at low-cost in the student clinic and at externships within the community. NMAHA’s Harmony Integrated Bodywork Center, located just More >

Herbal Medicine Manifesto

A proposal to start community building around traditional medicine and herbalism

Tomas Enos

Whereas, our ability to utilize herbal medicines has been carried on for generations, and the knowledge to use plants for healing has been passed on successfully from our ancestors so may we pass it on to the next generation;

Whereas, our ancestors through the millennia formed a relationship with plants for the purposes of healing our families and communities, thereby insuring our survival;

Whereas, the development of distinct traditions of herbal medicine practices throughout the world has resulted in the most widespread medical system accessible to all people regardless of culture, More >

Recall to Basic Consciousness

A Traditional Elders’ Tribute – June 2011

In the 1990s, Thomas Banyacya, a Hopi Indian elder, issued a “call for native peoples in the West to come together to share their original spiritual instructions, teachings and prophecies.” Banyacya, whose life was devoted to a spiritual mission of saving the planet by spreading Hopi prophecy, died in 1999 at the age of 89.

According to a Hopi religious tradition, the Great Spirit Maasau’u, Guardian of the Earth, assigned them the duty of preserving the natural balance of the world and entrusted them with a series of prophecies warning of specific threats and providing More >

Our Local Economy’s Most Valuable Resource

by Nate Downey

Since the days of the Spanish explorer Onate, tourism has brought northern New Mexico more money than any other industry. But tourists are not our local economy’s most valuable resource. That would be water.

We often hear about how the people of the Rio Grande Valley survived through many dry spells over the centuries. Perhaps we don’t talk enough about how, during a drought, the 900-year-old Hokoman culture vanished from what is now southern Arizona. Without water, civilizations disappear.

New Mexico’s water supply is shrinking at an alarming rate. Sure, the Buckman Diversion project will buy Santa Fe some time, More >

NM Film is Not Hollywood, it’s Tamalewood

by Jon Hendry

You’ve seen the stars around town, the trucks and trailers, the ubiquitous yellow signs with initials, and perhaps the billboards touting “the largest job creation program since the Manhattan Project.” The movie business is clearly here in New Mexico, but are you seeing that business on your bottom line? Since prioritizing motion picture and television as a target for economic development growth in the late 1990’s, NM has gone from a backwater in the movie business (albeit the original home of movies in the U.S.) to one of the biggest production centers outside of New York & Los More >

The Farm to Restaurant Project

by Kathleen Chambers

I thought it would be best to start this article as I do every Thursday with my introduction of Cook with the Chef culinary demonstrations at the Santa Fe Farmers Market: The Farm to Restaurant Project (F2R) showcases local chefs of independently owned restaurants who support regional food producers, whether they have direct relationships with farmers who deliver to their doors, or they come down to the farmers’ market, or they are part of the pilot distribution project.

In the current global food system where food is mass produced, sprayed with chemicals and transported hundreds of miles to get More >

Everyday Green – Culture and Economies

by Susan Guyette

Sustainable economy-building strengthens the foundation of a culture by working with, rather than against, the values of a community. New Mexico still retains many of the economic strengths stemming from diversity, now lost in most regions of the U.S.  Discovering ways of moving forward with economic development while retaining the cultural preciousness and uniqueness of local cultures depends upon understanding the important interplay between culture and traditional economies.

Eco-cultural sustainability requires listening to indigenous methodologies, and describing the framework for economies that work from within those cultures, rather than instituting an outsider point of view. This re-integration is More >

Can Western Women Save the World?

The Dalai Lama thinks so.

by Carolyn Parrs

His Holiness the Dalai Lama made a stunning proclamation last year at a Peace Summit in Vancouver. He said, “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” This statement shocked the audience and started a tsunami of responses in cyberspace. Can you imagine? Women saving the world?

After the initial elation I felt hearing such a highly respected male leader make such a statement, I thought to myself, duh, of course it will be women. We make 85% of the consumer purchases. We can save the world right now by what we buy – More >

A Recipe for A Healthy Community

by Kate Manchester

I first met Vicki Pozzebon in 2006, shortly after I started Edible Santa Fe, and just after she had taken the reigns as Executive Director for the Santa Fe Independent Business Alliance. The setting was a first Tuesday Alliance meeting. It was the first time I’d attended, and I didn’t anticipate the ways in which our paths would soon merge. For several years after, I had the good fortune to share a community office across the hall from the Alliance, where my friendship and connection to Vicki and the Alliance blossomed. Over countless morning chats fueled by coffee More >

Convide: A Sustainable Philosophy

Juan Estevan Arellano

Nowadays there is so much confusion about what is “sustainable,” “organic,” or “natural” food, that as Indo-Hispanos, we sometimes forget our own ancestral models that have worked historically and make more sense. One such concept that has fallen by the wayside as we embrace and debate such abstract concepts as “food security” and “food democracy” is the philosophy of convide, or the sharing of food among neighbors.

Indo-Hispano (Chicana/o) communities have been sharing water and food since time immemorial. The sharing of the water comes from the concept of equidad, or equality, as stated in the Quran, and is More >

BALLE Hub Networks and Community of Practice

Working Locally, Networking Nationally

Vicki Pozzebon

May 2010 marked my four-year anniversary as the Executive Director of the Santa Fe Alliance. It went by without much notice – until I started to prepare for the 2010 Business Alliance for Local Living Economy (BALLE) National Conference in Charleston, SC. I was working diligently, preparing to lead a day of events for executive directors and network leaders to kick off the conference. But I was stuck. It was like writer’s block but worse because I had to come up with interesting ideas to connect these leaders from all over the country.

Most of our networks More >

The Local Voice – Where I Come From

by Vicki Pozzebon

When I started my journey with the Santa Fe Alliance in 2006 it didn’t occur to me that my family background would have such a big influence on my daily work. I have a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts, not a background in economic development. Our “new economy” experts have told me that my lack of economic development experience means I have nothing to unlearn when it comes to the work I do.  When the Santa Fe Alliance began to build out a project to localize food and energy economies for greater community wealth I puzzled over the More >

No More Throwaway People

Iginia Boccalandro

Is time money? All too often, the answer is “no.” Looking after elderly parents and young children, volunteering for community projects, renovating the environment to reduce water and energy consumption – these efforts, though vital for our very survival as a people, go unpaid and uncounted by the way we traditionally measure economic production.

Enter “Time Banking.”

Lack of money or social connections usually keep people from the goods and services they need. With Time Banking, people exchange time. They can help each other and receive credits for their service. Anyone who helps another member earns one time dollar per More >