Sustainability

Sustainability

Copenhagen Climate Conference, From the Inside

Our Future

Dec. 2009 - Ken Hughes, Rio Grande Chapter Conservation Chair, attended the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen. This is his insider's view of that conference.


Clean Energy Legislation Primer

U.S. Capitol

Read about the various federal legislation alternatives on carbon emission regulation that will create a more balanced playing field that will facilitate local job growth.


Victory for new ABQ building codes

ABQ satellite view

Oct. 2009 - The Sierra Club and Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) led the effort to ensure that the “2009 Interim Albuquerque Energy Conservation Code (2009 Interim AECC)” was adopted by the Albuquerque City Council.


LANL Technology quantifies Climate Change Actions

Oct. 20, 2009 - Quantifying our actions in regard to climate change is the purpose of LANL’s model CLimate Energy Assessment for Resiliency—CLEAR.


Energy Audit: First step in developing your energy plan

Green Plug

Dexter Coolidge, Northern New Mexico Group Conservation Chair, reports on his energy audit that he had completed prior to his investments in solar thermal and solar PV...


The Santa Fe River Flows Again

Santa Fe River Mural

Nov 2009 - Santa Fe has this year experienced the near miraculous: the restoration of flow to the Santa Fe River through downtown. Over a hundred years ago, the de-watering of the river began with upstream dams, and since the 1950s only occasional flow has occurred. Our endorsement of current Mayor Coss and several councilors supportive of river restoration has led to this change.


Creating a Transportation System for the 21st Century

ABQ downtown

Our nation’s transportation policy is in desperate need of reform. Significant portions of America’s roads, bridges, and transit systems are in a state of disrepair. Our auto-dependent transportation sector consumes two-thirds of the 20 million barrels of oil used each day in the United States and emits roughly one-third of the nation’s greenhouse emissions.


What Is the Next Big Thing in Automobiles?

Algae Biodiesel

Santa Fe’s own Fred Vang, an automotive consultant, gave a provocative seminar on the future of automobiles to a packed house on November 17. This seminar was the fourth in a series on Sustainable Living that was presented by the Northern New Mexico Group in 2009. The talk and discussion included both short-term and long term issues related to cars.


Groups Unite to Restore Santa Fe River and Help the Homeless

Santa Fe River - JB

The Santa Fe Watershed Association launched the Adopt-the-River program a decade ago, and the Northern New Mexico Group of the Sierra Club was among the first stewards to sign up. In cooperation with the City of Santa Fe, the Watershed Association organized stewards to adopt a section of the river, keep it clear of trash, and help to reestablish native vegetation.


One Trash Can a Year

Trash

Oct. 20, 2009 - Louise Pape, Vice Chair of the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission, led a workshop for the Northern New Mexico Group titled “One Trash Can per Year.”


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