October 2021 Sustainability Newsletter

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October 2021 Newsletter




Avo holding the earth


Introducing the Sustainability Team!  

Fall always brings a time of reflection for me, looking back on achievements and forward toward the possibilities to come in a new year. The transition to fall, with the aromas of falling leaves, cinnamon, and chimney smoke, serve as a wonderful backdrop to Sustainability's own transitions: a move to a new Community Development Department, and a growing team with a broad range of expertise!  

The field of sustainability relates to areas ranging from natural sciences to energy, land use, architecture, and planning. The team relies heavily upon the individualized expertise of each crew member. None of what we do is possible without the unique viewpoints each and every one brings. I am so humbled by this amazing crew. 

It is truly an honor to introduce, in their own words, the passionate drivers, navigators, and change makers at the County Sustainability helm, beginning with our newest addition!

If you see us around, feel free to introduce yourself! I know I speak for the team when I say, we hope that you will accept the call-to-action to participate in the solution and add to the thriving potential of our community!   

Thank you for helping us build a more sustainable future for Santa Fe County!

                                                                       -Jacqueline Beam, Sustainability Manager

Caitlin Weber

Caitlin Weber: I am thrilled to join the team this fall as a Sustainability Specialist!

From hiking in the mountains to sleeping under the stars, my interest in sustainability stems from my love of the outdoors and desire to protect natural resources for future generations.

I have enjoyed exploring different aspects of the environmental field over the course of my career. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources. As a student, I conducted field research in New Zealand and Greece to understand how invasive species impact island ecosystems. I went on to serve as an Environmental Policy Analyst for an environmental nonprofit organization in Florida where I carried out policy research and presented the organization’s recommendations to elected leaders and community members.

Addressing environmental issues is a collaborative process that benefits from different perspectives and ways of knowing. My work in environmental science and policy led me to develop an interest in public engagement. Prior to joining Santa Fe County, I served as the Program Manager for a science communication and engagement program at the University of Utah where I deepened my understanding of public engagement practices.

I am excited to build on my experience in science, policy, and public engagement to support sustainability initiatives in Santa Fe County. I look forward to learning from my new colleagues and community members.


Adeline Murthy

Adeline Murthy: I joined the Sustainability Office as a Sustainability Specialist at the start of the pandemic, in March of 2020. I love working in the field of sustainability because it is so integral to all facets of life. It's a diverse, constantly evolving field that requires continuous learning, openness to new ideas, and nimbleness in the face of changes in technology, policy, and zeitgeist.

After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, I spent several years roaming the west doing biology-related field jobs. I spent three summers in the Alaskan arctic at a remote field station and two seasons in Utah's canyon country. I then went on to pursue a Master of Science in Biodiversity Conservation.

Prior to joining the County, I worked at a sustainability nonprofit in Oakland that pioneered the idea of the "ecological footprint." My experience there, along with my education, provided me with a strong analytical background that I enjoy applying to my work in the Sustainability Division through projects such as greenhouse gas emissions accounting and data-driven climate action planning. I love serving my community and am very happy to be a part of the team!


Jacqueline Beam

Jacqueline Beam: I joined the County as a Sustainability Specialist a little over two years ago, and have had the honor of managing the Division for the past nine months. Born and raised in rural and agricultural areas throughout Indiana, I have long since traveled, worked and lived abroad in remote, culturally rich, and diverse communities worldwide, before landing in the beautiful high deserts of Santa Fe thirteen years ago. In service at a young age, for the US Army, Military Intelligence, I was a signal interceptor and linguist in the 98G MOS. Attached to the Special Forces overseas with assignments in the field from deserts to jungles for a number of years, I consider these disciplined, early, and formative raw life experiences of dependence upon my environs, strategic applications, and strength of the team, to be the foundation for my calling, modeling, and mission of service now; for the planet and the communities that depend upon her.

My past professional track serves to tie the health of the planet directly to the health of our communities and spans a diverse range of projects to include ecotourism in Central and South America, community mental health and nature based resiliency, adventure therapy, grant writing and management, as well as green job skill development. Prior to coming to the County, I served as a Planner for the City, focused upon housing and community development. My training includes environmental reporting and assessments. I hold a Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Management, and a Master of Science in Sustainable Design with an emphasis on architectural studies and sustainable urban development. I also hold a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Art therapy.

Leaning heavily toward the interrelated languages of nature and community, health and wellness, in all that I do, both personally and professionally, I seek to expand upon these integrated approaches within the County and our team. Together we invite everyone to strive to co-create more sustainable systems, solutions and an ever increasingly resilient community!


Public Safety Solar

Public Safety goes Solar!

Santa Fe County's Public Safety complex is now producing renewable energy! The Sustainability team wrapped up the installation of a 135 kW DC rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system in September. This is the largest solar installation on a County-owned facility to date. The array will produce 235,000 kWh per year. The amount of clean energy produced each year is equivalent to the CO2 emissions of nearly 185,000 pounds of coal and 18,750 gallons of gasoline, and the carbon sequestered by 204 acres of U.S. forests in one year. The PV system will offset 30% of the facility's energy use. More renewable energy will power the facility when PNM's Solar Direct array goes online later this year. Learn more about the County's solar projects on our Green Leaders page!


What Can I Do?

Put the Beds to Bed Properly!

As green turns to brown in your garden, there are a number of steps that you will want to take to ensure healthy soil and thus, harvest for next season.  It's important to trim dry and decaying foliage, yet do not disturb the root systems in the ground. Use the leaves and green waste as compost and build a thick layer to blanket the beds. Doing so will feed your soil with rich nutrients. While maintaining a moist environment is vital, it's just as important to provide a microbe rich ecosystem that facilitates the breakdown and transportation needed for the the building blocks of life.

To find out more ways to say "sweet dreams" to tomatoes, broccoli, beans, and kale, sign up for a local gardening class!

Our October Picks

(Click on orange title and text below for associated links and information.)

Good Earth Film

Good Earth Film Series & Conversation with the Farmers and Filmmakers

Tues, Oct 5, 7:00 p.m.

Reunity Resources, 1829 San Ysidro Crossing, Santa Fe

The Good Earth multimedia film series celebrates New Mexican agrarians who are revitalizing land through regenerative practices. Please bring a chair or blanket and a mask to this outdoor, family-friendly venue to enjoy the farm stand, food truck, short films and a conversation with the farmers and filmmakers.

Energy Efficiency Day

Energy Efficiency Day!

Wednesday, Oct 6

Save Money, Cut Pollution, Create Jobs!

Find out how you can take part on this day and every day!

Pop up bike lane

Ride in Protected Bike Lane!

October 9 & 10

Paseo de Peralta, eastbound from Cerrillos to Old Santa Fe Trail

The Santa Fe MPO will be conducting a temporary pop-up protected bike lane for the community to try out Come check it out!


Apple Picking!

Through Oct 17

Check out the Fall Harvest Days and Enjoy the Bounties of Fall!

The Museum Foundation sponsors this family friendly event at the historic site of Los Luceros

Green energy

Exploring Equity for the Energy Industry

Thurs, Oct 14, 12:00 p.m.

This three-part webcast speaker series will provide an opportunity to learn from leading researchers and practitioners in various areas of equity and community engagement for decarbonization.

Register here!



Santa Fe Walks

Saturday, Oct 23, 10:00-12:00 


Learn and walk as you explore history in the beautiful setting of the Pecos National Park! 


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. 


Jacqueline Beam, jybeam@santafecountynm.gov

Adeline Murthy, amurthy@santafecountynm.gov

Caitlin Weber, cweber@santafecountynm.gov