Sustainability

Sustainability

ABQ Energy Code Rollback a Step in Wrong Direction

Green Building

Published in the ABQ Journal on August 10

by Shrayas Jatkar, Sierra Club; City Councilor Ike Benton and Tammy Fiebelkorn, eSolved.

We strongly oppose the move to scrap Albuquerque's energy-saving building code. The guaranteed outcomes from such a move are greater energy waste, higher monthly utility bills for consumers and increased pollution.


EPA Protects Public Health, Essential Regional Economic Resource with San Juan Generating Station Ruling

Desert Rock

Sierra Club Applauds EPA Action

August 5 - Farmington, NM – The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6 office today announced its final decision to require the installation of industry-standard pollution controls on the San Juan Generating Station coal-fired power plant near Farmington, New Mexico. The pollution controls will substantially reduce hazardous air pollution from the aging coal-fired power plant, protecting both public health and tourism revenue at nearby National Parks. For years, pollution from the San Juan Generating Station has marred views at National Parks such as the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde, threatening local economies that depend on tourism revenue from park visitors.


Find Savings In Energy Efficiency

By Chuck Noble / Attorney for Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy. Originally published on Sunday, July 24, 2011 in the Albuquerque Journal

On July 18, PNM filed a document with the Public Regulation Commission called an Integrated Resource Plan. PNM’s Integrated Resource Plan is intended to provide a road map to the company and regulators for what new power plants or other supply- or demand-side resources will need to be acquired to meet customer electric demands until 2030.


Speak out for Energy Savings!

Green Building

Once again, the Martinez Administration has chosen ideology over common sense.

Last month, we told you about Governor Martinez' efforts to roll back our excellent, energy- and money-saving building codes. Thousands of you responded by asking the Administration to keep our codes intact.

Unfortunately, the scene at the Construction Industries Commission meeting, where this issue was decided, was a farce. There was no debate and no mention of the public meetings that had been held. The commission voted 7-1 to scrap the energy conservation code adopted last year.

This roll-back of the building codes increases the cost of new home ownership!

Write a letter to the editor of your local paper -- let them know how crazy this is.


What the trash left behind

Los Angeles Landfill view looking north towards Balloon Museum

Vacated Albuquerque landfills leave environmental legacy to deal with for decades
By Jeff Potter, Central Group

Out of sight but not out of mind? A large city such as Albuquerque vibrantly breathes, consumes and creates multitudes of waste daily, yet we citizens go on unaware of the cumulative effect. According to the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, the city pledges to “monitor, characterize and, if necessary, clean up eight additional former City-owned and/or operated landfills to protect the environment and the public’s health and safety.”


New Mexicans Decry Construction Industries Commission, Vote to Revoke Energy-Saving Building Code

Governor Martinez plan to scrap 2009 NM Energy Conservation Code will prompt energy waste, higher utility bills and increased pollution

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The state’s Construction Industries Commission voted today to scrap the 2009 NM Energy Conservation Code (NMECC) that was adopted in 2010 after a series of open and public hearings that included evidence from stakeholders across the state. At the same time, the Commission voted to adopt a new energy-wasting code that would meet the bare minimum federal standards without any of the New Mexico-specific features that were incorporated into the 2009 NMECC.


State commission's repeal won't change Santa Fe's green codes

Green Building Code in Santa Fe Approved

Originally published in the Santa Fe New Mexican on June 11

The decision Friday by the state Construction Industries Commission to repeal an energy efficiency code won't affect the city of Santa Fe's green building policies.

The City Council approved a new green building code in 2009 that was more stringent than the state's.

The city's building code requires new houses to achieve a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index of 70.


Ten Gallons per Day

Pecos Falls

Louise Pape, Vice Chair of the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission and Sierra Club member, has created a website that explains how to reduce personal water consumption to ten gallons per day. Check it out.

Ten Gallons a Day by Louise Pape


NM Building Codes Under Attack

Green Building

9 am - noon, Thursday, June 2
Public hearings in Albquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces, & Roswell.

Secret meetings. Gag orders on staff. Suspending state officials for not complying with Governor Martinez’s heavy-handedness. These are the tactics being employed by the Martinez Administration in an ongoing attempt to rollback our sensible, energy-saving, money-saving building codes.

Add your comment to the public record.

Please consider reading your statement at one of the upcoming public hearings being held around the state on June 2nd. Stand up for better building codes and energy efficiency – the fastest, safest, and cheapest way to reign in global warming pollution!


Having Fun while Saving Money and the Environment

Solar Thermal Panels by DVW

How to Reduce your Carbon Footprint, Send Less Money to Middle Eastern Kleptocracies, Reduce Pollution from the Canadian Tar Sands, and Save a Ton of Money, while Having Fun

By Dexter Coolidge

Solar thermal for heating the house is, of course, used only part of the year. However, last year we took the leap to heat the whole house with solar thermal, with a boiler assist, largely for environmental reasons. I am exhilarated by the results. The environmental impact has been far greater than I expected and the dollar savings have astonished me.


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