Solar and Sustainability Events

 

April 5-13: Intensive SuperAdobe EarthBag Workshops - Albuquerque, NM
April 10: Water & Energy in NM Seminar Series - Albuquerque, NM
April 22: UNM 6th Annual Sustainability Expo & Lobo Growers' Market - Albuquerque, NM

April 22: Santa Fe Earth Day Solar Cook-Off - Santa Fe, NM
April 22: NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter Meeting - Albuquerque, NM

April 26: Solar Fiesta! at Santa Fe Community College - Santa Fe, NM
Sept 27: Solar Fiesta! at CNM Workforce Training Center - Albuquerque, NM

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April 5-13: Intensive SuperAdobe EarthBag Workshops - Albuquerque, NM

In this 9-day workshop series, participants will learn hands-on how to construct earthbag structures, including: a circular stem wall, a 10-foot archway, and a serpentine wall with integrated LED glass bottle lights. In this process, we will also learn structural principles, soil testing, tools and material basics, ado...be mixing techniques, filling and laying earthbag, applying barbed wire, delineating a circle, using arch forms, and plastering & finishing.

Lead instructor, Biko Casini is traveling across the country just for this workshop. Biko is an alumnus of the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture. He is a second generation stone mason with 19 years of experience in natural building in the United States, South Africa, Italy, India, Ghana, and Australia. In addition to stone and earthbag, he has built with cob, straw-bale, adobe, straw clay slip, & cordwood. Besides building and teaching, Biko is also a professional musician and has toured nationally and internationally with his band Rising Appalachia. You can contact him at bikounity@gmail.com.

The workshops will take place at The Hive (2105 St Cyr Ave), a new and developing intentional community in the University Area. The Hive intentional living community has been experimenting with cohousing, permaculture, solar panels, solar ovens, beekeeping, biofuels, LED light design, and alternative building methods. Organizers at The Hive practice sustainability with on-going skills classes offered by partners Abq Old School and the UNM Sustainability Studies Program.

For more info about the Hive, contact (505) 440-8845 or jessekalapa@gmail.com; or register for this full workshop or partial dates at: abqoldschool.com/classes/superadobe

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April 10: Water & Energy in NM Seminar Series - Albuquerque, NM

5:15pm at UNM School of Architecture & Planning George Pearl Hall, Room P104

The Water & Energy in New Mexico seminar series presents a wide range of research, issues, insights, and perspectives related to water and energy in the state. Speakers include key experts and thought leaders from New Mexico’s academic, government, research, and business communities.The speaker series seeks to encourage a robust exchange of ideas and to expand the discussion and debate on local, state, and regional water and energy challenges. Seminars will be held each Thursday from 5:15-6:15pm, and are free and open to the UNM community and the public.

For the ninth lecture in the series, Geologist Randall Hicks will discuss the industry perspective on water and energy-related regulations.  

Contact Dr. Caroline Scruggs at: cscruggs@unm.edu with any questions.
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April 22: UNM 6th Annual Sustainability Expo & Lobo Growers' Market - Albuquerque, NM
10am-2 pm at UNM Main Campus, on Cornell Mall

Join UNM for their 6th Annual Sustainability Expo & Lobo Growers Market, a festive Earth Day-inspired street fair featuring alternative transportation, energy, local agricultural growers, market producers, with a variety of sustainability-related displays and activities.The Lobo Growers' Market is organized by UNM students in the Sustainability Studies Program Growers' Market Practicum class who are passionate about promoting local farming and small business, and educating campus and community members about sustainable agriculture and healthy food choices.

To participate in UNM's Sustainability Expo & Lobo Growers' Market this year, please contact expo@unm.edu to register before Friday, April 11 and secure a booth. In the meantime, also stay up to date via their Facebook event page or through the Growers' Market Practicum class blog, ABQ Stew: New Mexico's Food For Thought.
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April 22: Santa Fe Earth Day Solar Cook-Off - Santa Fe, NM
at the Santa Fe Railyard

Calling all amateur solar chefs to Santa Fe's Earth Day Solar Cook-Off at the Railyard!  Bring your solar cooker and favorite recipe, and show off your talented and tasty collaboration with the sun! Every Santa Fe Earth Day participant will be invited to vote for their favorite solar chef set-up and dish throughout the day.  Winner gets $100 cash prize!

Email Griet Laga at: grietje.laga@gmail.com before April 18 to register.
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April 22: NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter Meeting - Albuquerque, NM
6pm at REI
, 1550 Mercantile Ave NE, 87107

Join NMSEA for our next monthly NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter Meeting on Earth Day, April 22. Topic still to be decided - please save the date!

Monthly Chapter meetings are the fourth Tuesday each month. Always free & open to the public.

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April 26: Solar Fiesta! at Santa Fe Community College - Santa Fe, NM
See www.NMSolarFiestsa.org online for details.
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Sept 27: Solar Fiesta! at CNM Workforce Training Center - Albuquerque, NM

See www.NMSolarFiestsa.org online for details.