August 2019 Sustainability Newsletter

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August 2019 Newsletter

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Don't Miss It!  Next Free FixIt Clinic This Saturday- August 3rd

 Bring your broken household items, electronics, appliances, toys, and more! Specialists will advise and coach you to disassemble, troubleshoot and, if possible, repair your items. Workspace and tools provided. Join us on August 3rd from 1pm-4pm at MAKE Santa Fe-  2879 All Trades Road (take Industrial Road off Siler and look for the left fork). While walk-ins are welcome, reservations are preferred and will be given priority. Contact Kayla Garcia, Sustainability intern, before 4:30 on August 2 at (505) 992-9832 or .


Santa Fe County's Commitment to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Did you know that in Resolution No 2017-68, Santa Fe County agreed to reach the 2015 Paris Agreement greenhouse gas reduction targets? To understand the emissions from operations, the County is working with Adelante Consulting to inventory emissions from 2005, 2017, and 2018. This means quantifying how much electricity, gas, fuel, water, and waste the the County uses or produces in its annual operations. This will lead to the County Board's consideration of an action plan aimed at reaching a 25% reduction from 2005 emission-level within 5-8 years.

Fire Season in Here

Do you wake up occasionally to the whiff of smoke in the air and wonder where the smoke is coming from? The Office of Satellite and Product Operations from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) maintains an interactive fire and smoke map that provides real-time fire location and smoke severity - a good tool to inform your daily outdoor activities, shape travel plans, and fuel your curiosity. New Mexico also maintains a useful website with information about state-wide wildfire activity.

FIre and Smoke Map

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Is It Getting Hotter?

Yes! British scientist Ed Hawking is changing how we "see" climate change impacts. Using Hawking's visualization tool, you can investigate how annual mean temperature is changing in your favorite place (city, state, or country). Each stripe represents the temperature in relative terms, with the blue representing the coldest years and the dark red- the hottest. How do you like them New Mexico stripes?

Save the Date - Upcoming Events

Santa Fe County Fair 2019

The County Fair!

August 1st-3rd, all day

County Fairgrounds, 3229 Rodeo Road

Bring your own water bottle, mug  and reusable utensils!

cool season veggies

Plant a Cool Season Vegetable Garden

Sunday, August 11th, 12-2 pm

Santa Fe County Fair, 3229 Rodeo Road

Bring hats, gloves, sturdy shoes, and water.


First Santa Fe EverWalk

Saturday August 3rd, 8-10 am

Frenchy's Field, 2001 Agua Fria, Santa Fe 

Join others in exploring the physical and mental benefits of walking together!

land restoration

Restoring A Damaged Ecology to Rangeland

Friday, August 16th, 10 am-12 pm

Home of Terence Foreback in conjunction with Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Details provided with registration


Bird Walk with Rocky Tucker

Saturday, August 24th, 8 -10 am

Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve  

Spend a morning in the unique wetland habitat.


Vamanos! Hike- Find Ancient Petroglyphs

Saturday, August 10, 10-11 am

La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs (=Santa Fe County Open Space!), 662 Paseo Real

If you haven't been, this site is a real gem!

native perspectives

Environmental Collapse: Native Perspectives on Land, Protection, and Stewardship

Friday, August 16th, 10 am-12 pm

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo- Museum Hill

A discussion about how Native communities are addressing the significant challenges they are facing, including climate change.

Sustainability Comments or Questions?

We are your local advisors on all things sustainability in Santa Fe County. Call us about anything from water conservation, cleaner transportation, solar and renewable energy, composting, recycling, etc. Or let us know what you would like to learn more about in our newsletter.  We're a little short-handed at the moment, so please be patient. 

Contact us at:

Claudia Borchert