Climate Change

Climate Change and Global Warming

Sarah’s Green Tip of the Week - Tip #8: Greens for the Planet

Farmers Market

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:

Cool Cities Las Cruces Kickoff Packs the Southern Group Office

Solar Home 2

On Earth Day, members, friends, and other organizations’ representatives filled the Rio Grande Chapter/Southern Group office for the first organizational meeting of the Cool Cities Las Cruces campaign. City Councilor Olga Pedroza also participated.

Santa Fe CoolBiz Celebrates "Cool" Businesses for Earth Day

Santa Fe Palace of Governors by DVW

The Sierra Club’s Santa Fe Cool Biz Program is recognizing eight local businesses for green business practices.

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.

Sierra Club Helps Halt Forest Biomass Power Plant

Borrego - Bear Wallow

On March 10th, the Coalition for Clean and Affordable Energy (CCAE), led by Western Resource Advocates and the Sierra Club, sent a letter to ENMRD Secretary Jon Goldstein asking the Department not to extend the $27 million dollar renewable energy tax credit for the Estancia Biomass plant, (that would use wood for fuel) run by Western Water and Power Production (WWPP).

Santa Fe's Louise Pape Water Conservation Efforts - National Geographic Feature

Pecos Falls

While most people use 100 gallons of water per day, Louise Pape uses only 10 gallons per day. Learn how she does it in the April 2010 edition of National Geograhic (article starts on page 172) or follow the link.

Transition from Dirty Coal to Clean Energy Accelerates in the West

Coal - Page, Az

In Nevada, a proposed 750 MW coal plant project has been cancelled.

In Colorado, Gov. Bill Ritter has proposed legislation, the Colorado Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, that will close two coal plants totaling 900MW in Colorado by 2017. Colorado has also increased its renewable energy requirement from 20% to 30% in 2020.

Stewart Udall's letter to his grandchildren - My generation’s mistakes, your generation’s epic challenge

Stewart Udall died on this years Vernal Equinox. A persistent snowstorm blanketed Santa Fe, the final home of our great friend. This is one of the last pieces he published. We are all his grandchildren. Hope springs eternal.

Solar Financing via 3rd Parties Signed into Law

Solar PV installation

Governor Bill Richardson signed into law HB181/SB190 that provide solar financing via 3rd parties. This new law will directly benefit municipalities, schools, and other tax-exempt organizations that want to install solar energy systems.

Act Now to Help Cap Carbon Emissions in New Mexico

Solar Thermal Panels by DVW

On March 1 (10am) your Sierra Club Chapter testifies before the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) with New Energy Economy and 15 other nonprofits asking EIB to set a cap on carbon, methane, and other green house gas emissions (GHG) for the state. We invite many members to join us. (Willie Ortiz Building - 2600 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe) Also, please send letters and e-mails. Read further for specifics.

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