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

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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

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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.

Santa Fe's Louise Pape Water Conservation Efforts - National Geographic Feature

Pecos Falls

While most people use 100 gallons of water per day, Louise Pape uses only 10 gallons per day. Learn how she does it in the April 2010 edition of National Geograhic (article starts on page 172) or follow the link.

Stewart Udall's letter to his grandchildren - My generation’s mistakes, your generation’s epic challenge

Stewart Udall died on this years Vernal Equinox. A persistent snowstorm blanketed Santa Fe, the final home of our great friend. This is one of the last pieces he published. We are all his grandchildren. Hope springs eternal.

Food Inc.

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Judging by the strong turnout at our recent showing of "Food Inc."— and the numerous requests we received for more information —there is no topic generating more personal and national concern these days, and more impatience for solutions, than the dysfunctions of the American industrial food “system.”

ABQ Climate Action Plan Features Local Food

During these food-intensive months of November and December, it's worth directing attention to the fascinating proposals included in the Local Food and Agriculture track of the new Climate Action Plan.

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.

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