November 2014

Measurement is the Key to Management: Announcing Sustainable Santa Fe’s Community Scorecard


Ashley Zappe


How effective are Santa Fe’s sustainability programs? Are the city’s efforts making a significant impact or spinning well-intentioned wheels? To find out, we need to see real numbers. Without concrete data and facts, all we have to go on are opinions.


That’s why the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission has developed a Community Scorecard that tracks data indicators. “It’s not enough to just implement a program and hope for the best,” notes the introduction to the Scorecard. “This tool provides concrete feedback on the efficacy of programs and information to guide and focus sustainability efforts where they are most needed.” More >

Newsbites – November 2014


NASA Discovers Massive Methane Leak Over the Four Corners

Last month, NASA scientists announced that “leaks” from natural-gas producers in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin have created a 2,500-square-mile cloud of methane hovering over the Four Corners. The methane cloud, exposed by satellite data and unnoticed until now, is three times larger than had been measured from ground-based readings. Scientists had ignored it for years because they assumed that something that immense and unusual had to be an equipment malfunction.

The satellite data was from 2003-2009 and doesn’t take into account the hydraulic fracking boom in the area in recent years. More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – November 2014


Nov. 3, 10 am-12 pm

NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council Meeting

NMSU ABQ, 4501 Indian School NE

Presentation/discussion on farm and food-focused legislative priorities among participating groups, including Farm to School program. RSVP: 505.660.8403,


Nov. 4- Dec. 30, 2-5:30 pm

LEED Certification Training

CNM Workforce Training Center

Training for Initial or renewed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. $899. 505.224.5200,


Nov. 4, 5:30-7:30 pm

TEDxABQ Salon/Youth

ABQ Museum of Art and History

Salon geared toward youth impact, ideas, inspiration and innovations related to the future of NM communites. $20/$10.


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What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – November 2014


Nov. 1 Enrollment Open

Foundations of Herbal Medicine Program

250-hour hands-on course presented by Milagro School of Herbal Medicine, limited to 12 students. Online course also offered. 505.820.5321,


Nov. 1

NM Community Foundation Luminaria Awards

Pays tribute to outstanding individuals from throughout the state who make a profound difference in their communities. 505.820.6860,


Nov. 1-2, 1 pm

Climate Leadership Summit

Temple Beth Shalom, 205 E. Barcelona

Workshop, visioning session and kickoff of Change the Course, a new program from Rainforest Action Network to create a just transition to a post-carbon future.,


Nov. 3, 6 pm

Lessons of the Ancient Hohokam

Hotel Santa Fe

SW Seminars lecture on Water Control in More >

What’s Going On? – Española – November 2014


Through Nov. 19, 5-8 pm

Business Development Series

Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, 325 Paseo de Oñate, Española

Six-week workshop series presented by WESST-Santa Fe in collaboration with EVFAC. Starting or growing an arts business? Learn: The Basics, Research, Pricing, Financing, Goals, Business Plan. $29. 505.747.3577,


Veterans Green Jobs Academy

Northern NM College, Española, NM

Workforce training and specific degree programs to support military veterans in fully accredited academic certificate and degree programs in areas of environmental science related to renewable energy, hazardous materials response, forestry, sustainable agriculture, wildland fire science, construction trades and others. A partnership with the NM Dept. of Veterans Services. For More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – November 2014


Nov. 10-16


TCEDC Campus and Bataan Hall, UNM-Taos, NM

Supports food, land and cultures of northern NM. Taos County Economic Development Corporation celebration and thanksgiving for the harvest. Classes, films talks, tours, expo/feast, fundraising dinner.,


Through Feb. 28, 2015

Art through the Loom Weaving Guild Show

Old Martina’s Hall, Ranchos de Taos



What’s Going On? – Here & There – November 2014


Nov. 8, 15, 10 am-4 pm

Chimayo Youth Visioning Workshops

Bennie J. Chavez Community Center, Chimayó, NM

Workshops will engage youth and young adults in an intensive 3-part planning and design workshop to explore the future of Chimayó. Mapping, drawing, photography field observation and analysis. Free. Presented by Santa Fe County with UNM School of Architecture. Community exhibit/celebration organized by participants will happen in February 2015. 505.986.6200,


Through Nov. 9

Day of the Dead Show

Tome Art Gallery, Hwy. 47, Los Lunas

Art show features silk, fiber, furniture, glass, pottery, jewelry, paintings and more. Reception: Nov. 2, 12-3 pm. 505.565.0556


Nov. 15

America Recycles Day

National Celebration

Educational events around More >