Sustainability

Sustainability

Clean-Energy Champion Gail Ryba Passes Away

Gail Ryba

At an Earth Day celebration in 2002 in Santa Fe, I spotted Gail Ryba riding her bike, wearing her ubiquitous yellow jacket. “So, Gail, how’d you like to take over for me as energy chair for the Rio Grande Chapter?” She replied, “Gee, I’m pretty busy with the bicycle coalition and the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy and raising a child.” “I know,” I said, “I always look for overextended activists.” “Okay, I’ll think it over.” The very next day Gail called me and agreed to be the energy chair, and thus began Gail’s short but effective stint as a Sierra Club activist.


Sarah’s Green Tip of the Week - Tip #1: Flip That Switch

Green Plug

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:


New Mexico Green Jobs Grow by 62%

Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference banner

Headwater Economics reports that green jobs grew by 62% in New Mexico since 1995. This compares favorably to overall job growth in New Mexico of 13%. The Sierra Club recently sent 18 New Mexicans to the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference in Washington DC that will help support this strong growth in green, local jobs in the future.


Sierra Club Youth Attend Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference in Washington DC

Youth jump for joy at GJGJ conference

“I love nature.”
“I gotta work”
“I want good green jobs”

That was the rallying cry of the Sierra Club’s youth delegation at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference on May 4th – 6th. Representing dozens of communities in twenty states from across the country, 79 vibrant, green-minded young people descended upon Washington, DC demanding green jobs.


Buckman Direct Diversion Project Adopts Landmark Renewable Energy Contract

Solar PV - by DVW

In 1Q 2009, David Van Winkle and Dexter Coolidge of the Northern New Mexico Group of the Sierra Club met with Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, City of Santa Fe City Councilors and Santa Fe County Commissioners to convince them to use renewable energy for the Buckman water project. It became a reality last week.


Chapter Funded Program Wins Sustainable Santa Fe Award

Energy Works

On April 24, Energy Works received the 2010 Sustainable Santa Fe Award for a Renewable Energy Project. Energy Works is collaboration between Youth Works and the Community Housing Trust, which the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club funded in 2009 in conjunction with the City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust. This project funded eight youths to complete over 225 energy efficiency installations/audits for working class families.


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.


Building a Regional Food Shed

Farmers Market

A sustainable food revolution needs to combine traditional local/regional self-reliance with new technologies and thinking. The main themes being: to expand regional sustainable production, integrate improvements in renewable energy technologies in food production and distribution, create regional/local distribution systems that increase access to markets for producers and access to products for consumers all the while reducing our carbon footprint. Another key concept in building the sustainability movement is to keep resources circulating in communities building vibrant local/regional economies for the food and financial security they provide.


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