March 2020 Sustainability Newsletter

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March 2020 Newsletter

Earth Day 2020 Countdown

The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

All the hives in the community are abuzz with exciting activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. In honor of Earth Month, everyone can join the coalition of Santa Fe area organizations and concerned citizens that are building on the global theme of  "Climate Action" with boots-on-the-ground projects to make a difference. With the adoption of Resolution 2020-22, Santa Fe County is looking toward this important collective purpose with a three pronged approach - a planting project in each Commission district beginning in April, tracking climate action pledges, and a collective celebration on April 26th at the Santa Fe Railyard Park.

Sustainability, Open Space and Trails, and County Commissioners will work together with hundreds of volunteers to create pollinator-friendly wildlife habitats, increase tree canopy, and prevent soil erosion while building healthy soil in all five County commission districts, including the Santa Fe River at San Isidro Crossing, Pojoaque Valley Recreation Complex, the Hondo Fire Station, and the Eldorado community center complex.  These projects will benefit the community in the ways that the Earth's #1 ecosystem designer - nature - does best by offering up adaptive, resilient solutions to support the miraculous diversity of life. To be a part of this action in your district, contact the County Sustainability Office today at

Do you know of an Earth Month event that you would like others to know about?  Register it here!

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State Solar Market Development Income Tax Credit (SB29) Supplements Declining Federal Tax Credit 

If you were waiting for the stars to align before purchasing your solar system... wait no more!  This week Governor Lujan-Grisham signed SB29- the Solar Market Development Income Tax Credit making this the time to solarize your residence or business. In addition to the falling costs of photo-voltaic systems and the federal tax credit of 26% and the exemption from NM gross receipt tax, now the state has added an up-to-10% state tax credit in addition. The new credit applies to:

  • Systems installed after March 1, 2020
  • 10% of any residential, commercial and agricultural installation (with a maximum of $6000 per installation)
  • Both solar thermal and solar photo-voltaic technology

Let the County sustainability team help your get into sun-power!


What Can I Do?  2020 Vision - Convert Bare Ground to Soil!

Did you know that water vapor is the #1 greenhouse gas and that warmer global temperature increases water vapor content?  While the complex interaction between water vapor and land use is the subject of ongoing research, soil ecologist rock star Dr. Christine Jones from Australia presented her compelling research at the Regenerative Agriculture Day 2020 on the promise of soil health. To build healthy soil scientists and conservationists recommend: 1) build soil armor (e.g. mulch) 2) minimize soil disturbance 3) increase plant diversity 4) cover the ground with plants year round and 5) integrate managed livestock grazing. Learn more at

Save the Date - Upcoming Events

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The Fight for a Livable Future

Sun., Mar. 8, 11:00 a.m. at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse

202 Galisteo St., Santa Fe

Andy Otto will host Earthcare's Youth United for Climate Crisis Action to discuss their April 22 strike and other actions.

Volunteer Seed Packing

Seed Library Kick-off Event

Sat., March 14, 1 to 4 p.m at the Santa Fe Public Southside Library   

     6599 Jaguar Dr., Santa Fe

Film screening, seed swap (and give away), seed planting for kids, and introduction to the seed library. 


Your Voice, Your Vote 2020

Thurs., March 19, 6 p.m. at Collected Works Bookstore

202 Galisteo St., Santa Fe

Featuring Martha Buck: Your Voice, Your Vote 2020-21 edition: The Savvy Woman's Guide to Politics, Power, and the Change We Need. 

Recycling Meeting

Do You Recycle Right? 

Wed., Mar. 10, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Vista Grande Public Library in Eldorado

14 Avenida Torreon, Santa Fe

Martha Lara, BURRT, and Sarah Pierpont, NM Recycling Coalition answer questions and discuss local and statewide recycling issues!

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350 Santa Fe/Climate Defenders New Mexico

Sat., Mar. 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Santa Fe Public Main Library

145 Washington Ave, Santa Fe

Join the climate crisis mission and help to expand impact in the SF community and beyond; contact to confirm location.

Climate Education

Climate Masters Class 2020

 Mar. 10- May 12, most Tuesday evenings 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Commons

2300 W Alameda, Santa Fe

Become a climate master through this program covering all the basics!  Space is limited.


Fruit Grower Workshop

Saturday March 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds

3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe

Learn the art, science, materials, methods, and benefits of home composting.


Become a Master Composter! 

Saturdays March 28, April 4, 18, & 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the  Santa Fe County Fairgrounds

3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe

Learn the art, science, materials, methods, and benefits of home composting.


Climate Change and Trees

Thurs., March 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Museum Hill Press Bldg.

725 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe

Join arborist Tracy Neal in learning how to keep living trees healthy in light of increasing temperatures and which trees to plant in the future.

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 
505.992.3044 or

Jacqueline Beam
505.992.9832 or