Sustainability

Sustainability

Committee approves Los Alamos bag ban

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By Mark Jones, Pajarito Group Chair, December 20, 2014

On Nov. 20, the Environmental Sustainability Board voted unanimously and enthusiastically to support a ban of single-use plastic shopping bags in Los Alamos County! The board tasked the

Sierra Club and collaborators PEEC and the League of Women Voters to “get the word out.”


Solar, Sierra Club, Sungevity and You

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By Shane Woolbright, Northern New Mexico Group Executive Committee, January 15, 2015

The cost of solar panels and their installation has dropped in recent years, so I’m writing this to ask if you have solar panels, and if not, why not?

You know that climate change starts with each of us, is accelerated each time we flip a switch, and your role is worse than most because you buy from the horrid group that runs PNM, a very dirty utility that is going to remain dirty for another 30 years and will, in that time, steadily increase in price.


Santa Fe area events

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January 15, 2015
Join the Northern Group for Sierra Club Beer and Wine
Join us for a Sierra Club Beer and Wine gathering on Friday Feb. 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Commons, 2600 W. Alameda, corner of Camino Carlos Rey. Our lobbyist, Dan Lorimier, will be there, and we hope to have a local legislator to discuss key issues at the state Legislature. Come meet your fellow Sierrans and enjoy good conversation, munchies and drinks. Call Norma McCallan 505-471-0005 for more information.


PNM requests rate hike, fine for solar users

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By Mona Blaber, Chapter Communications Coordinator

Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) proposed a rate plan Dec. 12 that would hike the average resident’s rates by 14 percent while lowering some of the largest users’ rates by more than 7 percent.

PNM also wants to impose a monthly fee of about $20 to $30 on those who install solar energy at their homes.

Under the proposal, PNM claims that New Mexico’s biggest corporations are subsidizing residential users, and that’s why it is lowering the biggest customers’ bills and raising the bills of the smallest users.


PNM Plans to Waste Tens of Billions of Gallons of Water by Burning Fossil Fuels

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2014
Contact: David Robertson, Sierra Club – Rio Grande Chapter, 505-803-6242

Albuquerque, NM --- The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is squandering a chance to save tens of billions of gallons of water through the year 2033 by investing in large-scale, cost-effective renewable energy. PNM is instead planning to use mostly nuclear, coal, and natural gas, all highly water intensive, to replace the power from two soon to be shuttered stacks at the San Juan Generating Stations in northwestern New Mexico. The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club and 350 New Mexico issued its “PNM Water You Thinking Report” today detailing PNM's plan to unnecessarily consume large amounts of water in power production, which the utility described in their December filing to the Public Regulation Commission (PRC).


Cool Cities Campaign

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Cool Cities News

The Sierra Club’s Cool Cities Campaign works with cities that have joined the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to accelerate their implementation of effective programs.

To date, more than 1000 mayors nationwide have signed the agreement. In New Mexico, seven cities are participating in the program: Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Capitan, Las Cruces, Ruidoso, Santa Fe (City and County), and Taos. Under the agreement, participating cities commit to take the following three actions:


Working to boost energy savings

By Mona Blaber, communications coordinator

As renewable energy’s less-glamorous partner in saving the Earth, energy efficiency doesn't get much attention, but the easiest and cheapest way to reduce reliance on fossil fuels had an eventful year in New Mexico.

In 2013, the state Legislature changed the way utilities fund their efficiency efforts required by the Energy Efficiency Act.
Now the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is considering a new rule to implement those changes and other aspects of the law.


We can do it – without an air laser

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By Jody Benson, Pajarito Group Newsletter Editor

Here’s a solution for three critical environmental issues: (1) coastal-land loss by a climate-caused rise in sea levels; (2) overconsumption; and (3) excessive population.

The solution? Use an air-based laser to melt the plastic in both of the Great Pacific Garbage Patches (in the eastern and western Pacific convergence zones) to create a consolidated plastic island, then drag one to North America, and one to Japan.


Aim for Zero Waste in the new year

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By Jessie Emerson, Zero Waste coordinator

Another year has passed. Zero Waste has been active and met our goals for the year. We wanted to help reduce Santa Fe’s ecological footprint and to collaborate with the city, other organizations, schools and neighborhoods. Helping to pass the plastic bag ordinance in Santa Fe, we met those goals and our goal of education when we showed the film “Bag It” to members.


Santa Fe bans the bag

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By Jessie Emerson, Zero Waste coordinator

Congratulations Santa Fe! It now joins the ranks of enlightened cities Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Austin in
banning single-use plastic bags.

This success story began in 2008, when City Councilor Chris Calvert introduced a resolution to tax plastic bags. It only called for a “fair and equitable program including, but not limited to, an educational program to reduce or eliminate both paper and plastic disposable bag use.”

Nothing much happened then, but seeds were planted.


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