Clean Energy Solutions

Clean Energy Solutions

Celebrating the Legacies of New Mexico’s Eco Heroes

New Mexico lost three of its most respected conservationists this year....Stewart Udall, Marilyn Cooper, and Gail Ryba.

Sarah’s Green Tip of the Week - Tip #1: Flip That Switch

Green Plug

Sarah is a second grader in Las Cruces who is concerned enough about the effects that climate change will have on the planet that she is taking action to do something about it. Her principal agreed to let her regularly broadcast her “Green Tip of the Week” to the school about the problem and how kids can help. We think grownups can help, too, so we are pleased to introduce Sarah’s Green Tips here:

Congressional Action on Clean Energy & Climate Protection Needed Now

U.S. Capitol

Change the Politics, Not the Climate

More than a year has lapsed since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454, ACES Act), setting limits on climate change pollution and targets for a shift to clean, renewable electricity nationwide. All eyes have been on the U.S. Senate since then to follow suit with its own clean energy and climate protection plan.

Club Takes Strong Positions on Climate Change Actions

Earth Day Rally in DC

The Sierra Club is taking strong positions on climate change.

  • Pass an improved American Power Act
  • Implement Clean Energy Priorities
  • Offshore Drilling is Not the Answer
  • Clean Air Act Authority to Regulate Global Warming Pollution

Please read the attached briefs.

New Mexico Green Jobs Grow by 62%

Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference banner

Headwater Economics reports that green jobs grew by 62% in New Mexico since 1995. This compares favorably to overall job growth in New Mexico of 13%. The Sierra Club recently sent 18 New Mexicans to the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference in Washington DC that will help support this strong growth in green, local jobs in the future.

One Man Makes a Difference


Robb Thomson's persistance and vision are leading the state to implement new rules for it's utilities that will have a large impact on greenhouse gas emissions in the state. These new rules eliminate the utilities incentives to increase electricity usage.

Buckman Direct Diversion Project Adopts Landmark Renewable Energy Contract

Solar PV - by DVW

In 1Q 2009, David Van Winkle and Dexter Coolidge of the Northern New Mexico Group of the Sierra Club met with Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, City of Santa Fe City Councilors and Santa Fe County Commissioners to convince them to use renewable energy for the Buckman water project. It became a reality last week.

Chapter Funded Program Wins Sustainable Santa Fe Award

Energy Works

On April 24, Energy Works received the 2010 Sustainable Santa Fe Award for a Renewable Energy Project. Energy Works is collaboration between Youth Works and the Community Housing Trust, which the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club funded in 2009 in conjunction with the City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust. This project funded eight youths to complete over 225 energy efficiency installations/audits for working class families.

Six Broken Eggs in Every Dozen

Coal - Page, Az

We’re all looking to save money with energy efficiency in our homes, but what about energy excesses in our nation? A. J. Simon takes a look at the resources used to create energy, the type of energy created, and where the energy goes. Look up these energy-flows charts at An “archive” link leads to charts of energy flow back to 1950. These charts show total energy usage up by approximately 58% since 1982: from 62.9 quadrillion (Quad) Btu, to 99.5 Quad in 2008.

Four Corners Conservation Meeting in Farmington

Coal - San Juan

Rio Grande Chapter leaders held a conservation meeting on March 31 at the San Juan Community College in Farmington, with about 20 in attendance.

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