Sustainability

Sustainability

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.


Gov, Hands Off Our Building Codes!

Green Building

Timeline of Energy-Saving Building Codes

June 15, 2011

Construction Industries Division (CID) files the new building code with the
State Records Center for publication. The effective date is August 1, 2011
with a six-month grace period.
Impact: Homes and commercial buildings can be built to the
2006 NM energy code until February 1, 2012 if they want to.

For the complete timeline of events, open this story.


Home Water Conservation

Stewart Lake by DVW

Over the past three years, our family has consumed 38% less water than the prior owners of our house. During this same time period, the neighbor’s water consumption has been 9 times our water consumption in a house of similar size. Learn what you can do.


Club Succeeds in Effort to Implement Cost-Saving Building Codes in New Mexico

New Codes Will Save Money, Conserve State’s Natural Resources

February 1 - Santa Fe – The Sierra Club today announced that the organization, the oldest and largest grassroots organization in American history, has succeeded in its effort to ensure cost-saving building codes will be published in the New Mexico State Register. The Sierra Club had filed a legal challenge after Governor Susana Martinez declared that she would halt publication of the cost-saving building codes. The new building codes, which the New Mexico Construction Industries Commission adopted in 2010, include increased energy efficiency measures that will lead to smarter energy use and will save New Mexicans money.


9th Quivira Coalition Conference: The Carbon Ranch

Pioneers around the country and the world are building soil, increasing local food production, improving the water cycle and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Hear and meet them in one place at The Carbon Ranch: Using Food and Stewardship to Build Soil and Fight Climate Change, the Quivira Coalition's 9th annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 10-12.


La Montanita Coop and Los Poblanos Organics – A Promising Future in Sustainable, Carbon-neutral Local and Regional Food Supply “Food-Shed”

East Mountain Organics Worker with Produce

The growth of global food markets, agricultural subsidies and megastore retail chains has transformed the food New Mexicans consume today, and stands in stark contrast to providing food just 60 years ago. Along the river valleys of New Mexico there has been continuous agriculture in small pueblos and villages thanks in part to ingenious water-giving acequias. The Anazazi ancestors of today’s Puebloan Native Americans settled near year-round rivers around 1400 and in the 17th century Hispanic settlements also became established.


New Mexico Climate Master Program - Fall 2010 Session

Climate Masters Poster

Learn how to reduce your Carbon footprint and volunteer to train others to do the same. The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is offering an 11 week course on Climate Change and Sustainability. The dates are from September 22 - December 8, 2010 and the class will be held in Albuquerque, NM.

Course participants are provided 30 hours of training, and in turn they "pay back" the program through volunteer service.

web site for general description of New Mexico Climate Masters


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