April 2014

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – April 2014


April 2, 5:30-7:30 pm

Green Drinks

Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd St.

Network and mingle with people interested in local business, clean energy and other green issues. Featured speaker: Will Lana, CFA, on Sustainable Investing. 505.244.3700, Lindsay@nmgreenchamber.com


April 3, 10:30 am-2 pm

NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council Meeting

NMSU Campus, 4501 Indian School NE

Discussion of legislative session outcomes, innovative legislation in other states connecting food, farming and health initiatives, local food policy councils’ work around the state. RSVP: 505.660.8403


April 3-4

NM Solar Companies Meet German Solar Delegation

UNM Science Park Rotunda Room, 801 University SE

Discussion sessions and opportunities for NM solar companies to meet reps from 8 German solar companies and the NM Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Dept., NM Economic Development Dept. Intl. Trade Div., NM Partnership, NMPRC, Sandia Natl. Labs, PNM, the city of ABQ and ABQ Economic Development Dept. 505.239.0008, honoraryconsul@honorarygermanconsul.org


April 3, 5:30-8 pm

USGBCNM 12th Anniversary Party

Goodmans Interior Structures, 2860 Pan American Freeway NE

The US Green Building Council New Mexico supports the responsible evolution of a sustainable environment with education, advocacy and community engagement; and through verifiable, documentable results. $10/$5., 505.203.2323, usgbcnm.org


April 6, 9-11 am

Guided Hike through Cottonwood Forest

Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW

Free. Reservations recommended. 505.897.8831, openspace@cabq.gov


April 7-9

10th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

An opportunity for suppliers of components and services to the PV and CPV industry to connect with experts and potential customers from all over the world. 400 people from more than 25 countries, including many corporate executives from global companies are expected to participate. Host committee: CFV Solar Test Laboratory, Fraunhofer USA, Sandia National Laboratories. www.cpv-10.org


April 9-10

Shared Knowledge Conference

UNM Student Union Building, 3rd Floor

Regional event planned and hosted by students and partners of UNM. Presentations on a range of topics. Students from a variety of academic institutions and disciplines will share their scholarship, gain access to new ideas and develop professional leadership skills. Free. nuntuket@unm.edu


April 11-12

Water Harvesting Catchments for Wildlife

4/11, 5:30-8 pm: James McGrane Jr. Public Safety Complex, 48 Public School Rd., Tijeras, NM

4/12, 8 am-2 pm: Sabino Canyon Open Space, 34 Forest Rd. 252, Tijeras, NM

Landowners can attend a free training on constructing water catchments for wildlife. Participants will qualify to apply for funding to install a catchment on their own East Mountain property. 505.314.0398, www.bernco.gov/openspace


April 15-16, 8:30 am-5 pm

Town Hall on Water Planning, Development and Use

Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd. NE

People from around NM including former State Engineer John D’Antonio will create a concrete, actionable platform of water policy recommendations. Key issues: Meaningful long-range and crisis water planning, NM’s aging water infrastructure, Conservation and reuse, Water development including desalination. Convened by NM First, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy organization. 505.241.4817, info@nmfirst.org, nmfirst.org/water


April 19, 26, May 3, 9 am-4 pm

UNM Anderson School of Management, 1924 Las Lomas NE

Renewable Energy Development Course

This course for owners or employees of for-profit small businesses will introduce key concepts of wind and solar energy. Attendees will learn to utilize and effectively communicate technical information to developers, state agencies and other market players. Presented by LANL, NMRETA, NM Small Business Assistance Program, UNM and the NM Green Chamber of Commerce. 505.667.4391, 505.667.1719, www.NMSBAprogram.org


May 3, 10 am-3 pm

RAICES Community Education of Traditional Medicine

Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center

Learn about medicinal plants and their uses. Remembering Ancestors Inspiring Culture Establishing Self. Free. 505.375.0155, raices@temazcality.com


May 3, 1-3:30 pm: Opening

El Agua es Vida: Acequias in Northern NM

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM

Based on NSF-funded research by scientists and scholars across several disciplines and institutions, including UNM, NMSU, NM Tech and the NM Acequia Association, this exhibit will tell the story of how acequias operate as part of whole watershed systems, how and why they persist, as well as the challenges they face today. 505.995.9644, quita@lasacequias.org


May 4, 1-4 pm Opening

SW Herbalism & Curanderismo: Healing and Ritual Exhibition

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM

Traditional and contemporary Southwest herbalism will be explored at the 5th annual Food and Life series, featuring herbalist Dr. Tomas Enos, permaculturalist/chef Trish Cyman, Sophia Rose of La Abeja Herbs and curandera Tonita Gonzales. 505.277.1400, mhermans@unm.edu


May 10-Aug. 9 (Saturdays), 9:30 am-3 pm

Certified Beekeepers Program

Open Space Visitors Center

Learn backyard beekeeping in the context of responsible urban farming. Supervised, hands-on lessons using top-bar and Langstroth honeybee hives. Includes handbook. Offered through the NM Beekeepers Assn. in cooperation with the city of Albuquerque. $250. Application: http://www.nmbeekeepers.org, Info: 505.281.9888, clair@nmia.com


Oct. 15-19

National Wilderness Conference

Hyatt Regency ABQ, ABQ Convention Center, Civic Plaza

Presentations, panels, exhibits, field trips and skill development workshops focusing on recent advances and emerging issues in wilderness stewardship, culminating in the public Wilderness50 ‘Get Wild’ Festival. The companion Wilderness Celebration Exhibition will showcase organizational booths for grade- and middle-school students. Conference registration: $350/$200. Scholarships. http://www.wilderness50th.org/conference



Degrees of Change: NM’s Climate Forecast

NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW

With a focus on NM and the SW, this exhibit reveals current and predicted impacts on humans, landscapes and ecosystems. Tickets: $7, $6, $4. Info: 505.841.2800, www.nmnaturalhistory.org





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