Cool Cities

Cool Cities

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.

Home Energy Strategy: Assess, Reduce Consumption, Install Solar


Everyone has a mechanical inspection prior to buying a house to insure that the dishwasher works. Everyone should also have an energy audit to insure that the house works properly. It will save you $1000’s.

Albuquerque’s New City Council Poised to Implement Innovative Energy Financing

ABQ BalloonFest

Nov. 2009 - When Albuquerque's new City Council first convened in December, it was poised to create a city-wide “Renewable Energy Financing District,” allowing property owners to finance renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic and thermal solar through their property taxes. The Ordinance creating the District, O-09-87, was deferred through the month and is now scheduled for final action at the Council’s January 4th meeting.

Santa Fe County and City Pass Resolution Supporting Federal Climate Change Action

Senators Bingaman Udall

Nov. 2009 - Santa Fe County and the City of Santa Fe City Council passed a resolution to support federal legislation on climate change and support for a green economy.

Victory for new ABQ building codes

ABQ satellite view

Oct. 2009 - The Sierra Club and Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) led the effort to ensure that the “2009 Interim Albuquerque Energy Conservation Code (2009 Interim AECC)” was adopted by the Albuquerque City Council.

Sierra Club Engages Hundreds on Climate Action

Oct. 24, 2009 - Supported by Conservation Voters New Mexico (Molly Brook, CVNM's Global Warming Program Associate) and New Mexico Interfaith Power & Light, the Sierra Club's October 24th event for's International Day of Climate Action outside the Albuquerque Aquarium attracted numerous volunteers and hundreds of visitors, young and old, who submitted statements on the importance of climate action and signed petitions urging adoption of the City's Climate Action Plan.

Energy Audit: First step in developing your energy plan

Green Plug

Dexter Coolidge, Northern New Mexico Group Conservation Chair, reports on his energy audit that he had completed prior to his investments in solar thermal and solar PV...

One Trash Can a Year


Oct. 20, 2009 - Louise Pape, Vice Chair of the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission, led a workshop for the Northern New Mexico Group titled “One Trash Can per Year.”

Albuquerque Cool Cities: Scaling up and Reaching out

July 2009 - Albuquerque Cool Cities has evolved into a vibrant grassroots campaign since its launch a few years ago by local Sierra Club members Eva Thaddeus and Gary McFarland. Initially, the campaign zeroed in on fulfilling the core objective of the national Cool Cities campaign: getting city government to do everything it can to help solve climate change.

Green Building Code in Santa Fe Approved

Green Building Code in Santa Fe Approved

March 11, 2009 - The City Council of Santa Fe approved a new Green Building Code for new residential construction by a vote of 8-0. This is a major step in the City’s commitment to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

David Van Winkle, our group Chair spoke during the public hearing section of the meeting. He said: "First, this Green Building Code reduces energy consumption by 50% and improves other measures of sustainability for new residences.

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