February 2020 Sustainability Newsletter

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February 2020 Newsletter:

Good Neighbor Solutions

Energy Efficiency Luncheon Announcement

Energy Efficiency: Saving Money Paired with Local Business Responsibility

Commerce and industry make up over half of the electricity use in the Santa Fe community. Like other communities that value commercial reduction of CO2, Santa Fe County Sustainability Office and the Economic Development Division have teamed up with the Santa Fe Green Chamber, and the City of Santa Fe Economic Development department, alongside PNM to host a presentation luncheon on how to retrofit facilities for efficiency and receive big dollars for going green on Tuesday, February 25th, at the Hotel Santa Fe. Elected officials will be speaking, industry resources such as USDA, NM Tax and Revenue Department, and the Regional Development Corporation will also be available to answer questions. Six Santa Fe area businesses from the 2019 PNM Energy Efficiency Superstar list will be honored as well.  "Being a good neighbor" is a vitally important concept in our climate crisis.  If you are a business that is interested in saving money, believes in the good neighbor concept, and would like to reap the benefits of reducing your greenhouse gas emissions, we invite you to join us in learning about the ways you can receive green for going green in 2020!           

Composting Clinics 2020

Healthy Soil: Mastering the Backyard Compost 

Healthy soil holds more nutrients, stays moister, and sequesters more carbon.  In our high desert environment, soil health is vital and will continue to increase in priority as we strive for resiliency in the face of climate change. Through composting, food scraps and green waste are converted to a valuable resource. And composting reduces up to 28% of waste in our landfills.  Jump on board and be a part of the solution: the Santa Fe Compost Action Team, also known as SCAT, offers two tracks for advanced training and certification on composting to everyone willing to contribute to soil health, their own health, and the health of the community in their own backyard and/or in other collaborative community systems throughout the County.  Also, SCAT holds multiple, scaled-down, 2-hour trainings throughout year that are also listed on their website.

Plastic in Water

Albuquerque Bans the Plastic Bag

A cause for celebration: the Clean and Green Retail Ordinance went into effect on January 1 in Albuquerque.  Bernalillo County's new policy went into effect on the same day and also bans single use plastic bags and polystyrene containers.  These important ordinances require consumers and store owners alike to rethink plastic and its indiscriminate use. Microplastics are polluting our food and water sources in unprecedented amounts as detailed in the Earth Day 2020 Microplastics and Drinking Water fact sheet.  Bravo to Albuquerque and Bernalillo for doing their part in the good neighbor mission!  

Vote Earth

What Can I Do?  2020 Vision - Feed the Passion and Ground it in the Creation of Policy!

The New Mexico legislative session is in full swing and many important clean energy policies are being presented: community solar (HB9)electric vehicle tax incentives (HB217), and solar tax incentives (SB 29).  The session is short; often critical issues struggle to make it to the floor.  You can make a difference by letting your representative know just how important the policies for protecting resources for future generations to come are: Get involved today, and add your voice!

Save the Date - Upcoming Events

Climate Defenders of New Mexico

Climate Defenders New Mexico/350 Santa Fe

Santa Fe Main Library, Saturday, Feb. 8; 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

145 Washington Ave., Santa Fe

Join this gathering focused on a variety of initiatives: Contact biderman429@gmail.com for more info and to confirm.

energy efficiency

Energy Efficiency Business Lunch

Hotel Santa Fe; Tuesday, Feb. 25; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

1501 Paseo De Peralta,     Santa Fe

Learn how your business can save money with energy efficiency rebates. Sign up on Santa Fe County facebook page

NM Healthy Soils

Regenerative Agriculture Day

NM State Land Office Auditorium; Friday, Feb. 14; 9 a.m. -5 p.m.

310 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe

Learn about the incredible value of healthy soil! 

Land and Water Summit

Land and Water Summit

Sheraton Hotel; Thursday & Friday, Feb. 27-28; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

2910 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque

Love your River Day

Love your River Day; Community River and Arroyo Cleanup

Santa Fe River; Saturday, Feb. 15; 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Show some love to your river in this cleanup event of the year hosted by the SF Watershed Association!  

cat video fest

Cat Video Fest

Violet Crown Cinema; Saturday, Feb. 9; 12 and 2 p.m.

1606 Alcaldesa St., Santa Fe, 

Help raise funds for our furry feline freinds.  

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. 

Contact us at:

Claudia Borchert 

Jacqueline Beam