Sustainability

City announces 12th Annual Children’s Water Conservation Poster Contest

SANTA FE – The City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Office invites all students in grades 1 through 6 to participate in the 12th Annual Children’s Water Conservation Poster Contest. This year’s theme is How Water Connects Us and encourages students to explore how water connects humans, animals and plants, and why conserving water is important, as well as simple ways to reduce everyday water usage. Students are encouraged to creatively express one point of view about their connection to water.  The entry deadline is Friday, December 5, 2014. “Water conservation is a critical issue in Santa Fe and anyone More >

Solar PV Array Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Solar PV Array Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18

See how 5 acres and more than 2,000 solar panels generates 1.5 megawatts of energy to fuel SFCC. While the panels are busy converting the sunlight into electricity, they also serve as teaching tools for SFCC students.

Santa Fe Community College’s Solar Photovoltaic Installation Project will reduce the costs of energy consumption and provide hands-on learning opportunities for Solar Program students, faculty and staff. This year, the college will install solar photovoltaic panels at two locations.

  SFCC’s Main Campus

The installation at SFCC’s Richards Avenue campus will consist of two photovoltaic systems:

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Outdoor of ‘ELEMENTAL’ at the Railyard

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Let’s get together! Join us this Saturday evening, July 26th, for an inspirational movie, “Elemental,” a critically acclaimed film about individuals who surmounted great challenges in the fight against climate disruption across three different continents.

Take part in New Mexico’s premiere screening of this moving and brilliantly filmed documentary, which received rave reviews from the NYTimes and Washington Post. Check out the trailer here, and don’t miss this awesome event for the whole family!

Let us know if you’ll be there: RSVP to our FB event, and if you haven’t Liked our page yet, send us some love! –New Energy Economy

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HomeGrown New Mexico:2014 Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour

 

IT’S HERE! The print version of the 2014 Kitchen Garden Tour addresses and map

Just print it out and come out and join us on the tour. Read on for more info on how to purchase tickets and the homes on the tour!

Our 4th Annual Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour is on Sunday, July 27  from 9 am – 2 pm.  Come get inspired for your own gardens! See five of Santa Fe’s most inspirational gardens.  Pick up ideas that you can use at your place or just enjoy these beautiful edible and functional landscapes.

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Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center in Cerrillos schedules June events

June 8   High Desert Gardening

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

$60 Discounts available Want to learn how to grow food successfully in our harsh climate?  This class covers methods to help your seedlings survive the spring winds, summer pests, and blazing sun.

Rainwater harvesting and greywater use should be the foundation of desert gardens whenever possible, so we will observe these techniques in practice at Ampersand and discuss how to get the most out of small growing areas through staged plantings, inter-cropping, and perennial plants.  We will observe appropriate Permaculture strategies and discuss details from how to prepare your soil to extending your More >

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 >