[NMSEA-news] Events, Workshops, Announcements, Opportunities

News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association nmsea-news at nmsea.org
Tue Apr 1 11:24:44 MDT 2008

Hi Solar Enthusiasts!

Here's the latest events, workshops, and announcements.

Please see the NMSEA Event Calendar for a more complete list of events, 
including all the Earth Day events, at 

Also, check out the Sustainable ABQ website for other events in and 
around Albuquerque.  Go to http://www.sustainableabq.com/news_events.htm

If you have questions or comments, please contact us!   We value your 

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April 11,12,13,19, and 20 : Photovoltaic (PV) Design and Installation 
April 15 -- New ideas for NMSEA Sunpaper articles -- deadline April 15 
for Ads and Articles
April 22: NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter Meeting
     Mark Chalom, Architect: Case Studies forPassive Solar Home
April 19 -- Hydrogen Fuel Cell Competition - Albuquerque
April = Earth Day -- Volunteer with NMSEA
April -- Los Alamos Chapter Events
April 26 -- Las Vegas: NMSEA Synergy Fest

May, June, July, August - Crestone Solar School, Solar Heating Design & 
Natural Building

May 3 -- 8: American Solar Energy Association's SOLAR 2008
May 10 - 17th: Sustainability Week and The Green Built Tour 2008
***Book Review -- Careers in Renewable Energy***
***Chapter Leader Opportunity for NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter***
*** Solar Incentives Set to Expire - Action Alert***
**** *Second Annual Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder
        Intergenerational Poetry, Essay and Photography Contest

5-Day Class (Fri-Sat-Sun-Sat-Sun)
Sponsored by New Mexico Solar Energy Association
Next class: April 11-13 & 19-20, 2008, 8am-5pm
Cost: $500.00 per person; NMSEA members - $450
For more information go to http://www.nmsea.org/Workshops/pv_workshop.php
For registration details, please call our office at 505-246-0400 or 

If you would like to place an advertisement in the Sunpaper, please 
submit it by April 15.  For specs and rates go to 
*_Request for Articles_*
The NMSEA Sunpaper has brought exciting new and historical information 
to solar enthusiasts since 1978.  We have a lot of members with stories 
to tell and innovative ideas to reveal.  We want to bring this 
information to the public, so here are some sections you may be able to 
help us with.

ELDERS SPEAK:      If you've been around for awhile and would like to 
write a retrospective on how things have changed -- send it to us!

TECHIE'S CORNER: Show us your smarts. If you aware of or are developing 
a new product -- let us know what it is!  Keep us informed about the 
latest developments in technology.
CRYSTAL BALL - Have you been mulling over the possibilities of what is 
in our future?  Share your thoughts.

Remember all articles are subject to approval by the editor and NMSEA.  
Because we are a non-profit, we need to avoid doing anything that would 
advocate a political party or individual.  Articles are due by April 
15^th for the May/June Sunpaper.  Please send them to j_beyss at yahoo.com 
<mailto:j_beyss at yahoo.com> or info at nmsea.org <mailto:info at nmsea.org>.
Mark Chalom, architect, specializes in blending handcrafted Traditional 
and Contemporary styles with sustainable technologies.  His experience 
spans both design and construction of environmentally appropriate 
buildings.  Mark will present 4 case studies of various passive solar 
homes he has recently designed. He will explain how various passive 
systems combine to produce a year round climate responsive building. 
Passive solar is just part of the design criteria, Mark has taken into 
account budget, site, community, esthetics, history and other needs that 
make up a good design. Mark will also show other integrated sustainable 
technologies  to produce a holistic home of the future.
NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each
Month, 6:30 PM, at REI in Albuquerque(northwest of the intersection of 
I-25 and Montano)
We hope you will join us! Contact information: 246-0400 or 888-886-6765, 
<http://www.nmsea.org> email info at nmsea.org <mailto:info at nmsea.org>.
We are always looking for more people and companies to speak at our 
monthly meetings.  If you would like to make a presentation, please 
contact us with your idea.

The model hydrogen fuel cell car race provides students in grades 6 
through 8 with a "hands-on" science and engineering experience where 
teams design, build, and race their model cars. Teams are comprised of 
up to six students plus a teacher/coach (required).
*Date*: April 19, 2008
*Time:* 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
*Location: *Albuquerque Public Schools City Center at 6400 Uptown NE
For additional information, contact Janelle Vigil Maestas 
<mailto:vigil-m at lanl.gov> at 665-4329 or Linda Anderman 
<mailto:anderman at lanl.gov> at 665-9196.
and http://community.lanl.gov/08sciencecompetition.shtml
If you would like to volunteer at an upcoming Earth Day or other events 
in your city please email the NMSEA office at info at nmsea.org 
<mailto:info at nmsea.org> and they will put you in touch with the 
appropriate person.  We need volunteers to help our events run 
smoothly.  You can help bake solar cookies, explain how solar electric, 
heat or hot water works, you can hand out literature or sell 
merchandise.  You can even do a little of everything if that's what you 
are interested in.  Volunteers are need for full day or part of a day.  
Please email with your contact info, including full name, email address 
and phone number. 
Here are the upcoming Earth Day events that NMSEA will take part in:
Alamogordo - Saturday, April 26
Los Alamos - Saturday, April 26
Albuquerque - Sunday, April 27 (in Nob Hill, behind the Coop on Silver)
Las Vegas - Saturday, April 26

If none of those dates work for you, but you are still interested in 
volunteering there are many more opportunities in the spring as well as 
summer.  Please email us and we will help find a spot that will work for 
Tues., April 22 -Geo-chemist Dr. James Conca in the evening  at Fuller 
Talk by by geo-chemist Dr. James Conca giving a global perspective on 
achieving a sustainable energy distribution and lowered greenhouse gas 
emissions.  The subject complements our Earth Day theme this year "Hot 
Ideas for a Cool County," an effort to have our County reduce its 
greenhouse gas emissions and be designated a "Cool County."  The talk 
will take place in Fuller Lodge.
Dr. Conca has recently co-authored, with his wife Dr. Judith Wright, a 
book entitled "The GeoPolitics of Energy: Achieving a Just and 
Sustainable Energy Distribution by 2040."  Both Dr. Conca and his wife 
have taught earth system science and environmental science and have 
published extensively in peer-reviewed journals.  Currently, he is 
employed with LANL and lives in Carlsbad, NM, where he is director of 
the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center, a division of 
the NMSU College of Engineering.  In his book, to achieve sustainability 
Dr. Conca advocates a mix of energy obtained from renewables, nuclear 
reactors, and advanced-technology fossil-fuel burning plants.  He 
recently gave a talk at the Lab on this subject.
Note: This event is being co-sponsored by LASE Network, PEEC, and the 
Sierra Club. This will take the place of LASE Network's regularly 
scheduled monthly meeting.
*Sat., April 26 -- Earth Day Festival at PEEC (Pajarito Environmental 
Education Center)*
Exhibits, entertainment, food, hands-on activities, and more!
* *
*Sunday, April 27 - Party for PEEC*

The annual Earth Day benefit event for PEEC.
For more information:
David Griggs, /Chaosopher/
Phone: (505) 661-4572
PO Box 221,   Los Alamos, NM 87544
Join us at Melody Park on the NM Highlands University campus in Las 
Vegas for Synergy Fest 2008! Sponsored by the New Mexico Solar Energy 
Association, this fun and informational weekend kicks off with a free 
rock concert, Friday, April 25 from 3pm to 7pm.  The main event is on 
Saturday, April 26 from 11am to 6pm and offers something for everyone, 
with live music on two stages, great food, arts, activities, and 
presentations of renewable energies and sustainable living.  The popular 
Sunshine Kids Village offers games and activities for kids of all ages.  
Entry is only $3 for adults and free for kids.  Bring a blanket and some 
sunscreen and spend the day!  For more info, go to www.synergyfest.com 
<http://www.synergyfest.com/> or email us at synergyfestinfo at gmail.com 
<mailto:synergyinfo at gmail.com>.
Solar Heating design and Natural Building -- 4 day Workshop, taught by 
Paul Shippee

Crestone Solar School, Crestone, Colorado.

See details at: http://www.crestonesolarschool.com
Choice of: May 15 -- 18, June 5 -- 8, July 10 -- 13, August 14 -- 17.

$650 fee also includes workshop materials, all meals, and outdoor 
camping at the Crestone Solar School home site.
Learn innovative 21st century Solar and Natural Building technologies. 
This 4-day workshop combines the study of solar design principles with 
hands-on learning. Suitable for anyone who is serious about learning how 
to design solar homes and buildings, with proven alternative 
technologies and natural building techniques.  A good foundation from 
which to grow your own knowledge and apply your own interests and skills.

Dear Solar Supporter,

Have you seen the latest lineup of presenters for *SOLAR 2008*?

*More than 150 of the world's leading experts on solar energy*, energy 
efficiency, and other sustainable energy technologies will be in San 
Diego, May 3-8, 2008.

I invite you to join them at SOLAR 2008 
(and be sure to register by March 16 to get the best rates).

With the energy industry changing at an unprecedented pace, SOLAR 2008 
helps you understand the changes and uncover the opportunities.

It examines *the topics you need to know*, including:

    * What's new with thin film photovoltaics
    * Best practices for solar installers
    * Renewable electricity 24/7
    * Improving PV performance
    * Emerging architecture and daylighting design
    * Designing high performance homes
    * Selling and marketing strategies that work
    * The new era of concentrating solar power
    * Emerging transportation and solar's new role
    * The new boom in green collar jobs
    * Launch and grow your solar business
    * Women in solar, changing an industry
    * How to install solar hot water systems
    * A hot way to cool climate change
    * New approaches in solar policy
    * Investing in renewable energy
    * PV payback and financial analysis
    * And dozens of other powerful topics...

These sessions are taught by some of the world's leading experts - to 
give you the edge.

*This industry-leading conference series, now in its 37th year*, offers 
you the emerging trends, technological breakthroughs, industry insight, 
and connections you need to stay ahead.

*Attend SOLAR 2008 and discover where the industry is headed*.

*Click here to register for SOLAR 2008* 


Becky Campbell-Howe
Conference Director,
SOLAR 2008

PS. Don't forget to register by March 16 to get the best rates to attend 
SOLAR 2008. See the full lineup of presenters and topics at 
I look forward to seeing you in San Diego this May.

The U.S. Green Building Council New Mexico Chapter (USGBCNM) will hold 
its ninth annual GreenBuilt Tour in New Mexico on May 17 and 18, 2008.  
The Green Built Tour is part of a week long event called Sustainability 
The GreenBuilt Tour is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn 
about the features of a green home and how sustainable homes are built, 
and find inspiration to green your home.
Homes will be selected by a committee to be represented on the Green 
Built Tour and will need to fulfill certain green building standards.
The GreenBuilt Tour will culminate Sustainability Week events being 
planned by USGBCNM.
On Saturday, May 10, in Albuquerque, a series of lectures and workshops 
will be held along with a vendor's show, for people to learn more about 
green building and see products and materials that are environmentally 
friendly. During the week, there will be tours of green commercial 
buildings and workshops for building professionals.
For more information go to http://www.greenbuilttour.net/
In just a few years green energy has gone from environmentally 
responsible niche to national imperative. Today thousands of employers 
in dozens of sectors are looking for employees. But even though 
opportunities abound, unearthing them has been a challenge. Now in his 
latest book, /Careers in Renewable Energy,/
author Gregory McNamee gives job seekers an invaluable guide to where 
green energy jobs can be found.
Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico says, "The clean energy economy 
is booming across the United States and around the world. /Careers in 
Renewable Energy/ is a sophisticated-and user-friendly-guide for finding 
meaningful job opportunities in the renewable energy sector."
Green energy jobs range from research and engineering to all manner of 
trades. There are also plenty of jobs to be found in traditional fields 
like sales and marketing, customer service and project management. In 
addition to solar and wind energy, several industries are included in 
this new book, such as bioenergy, hydrogen energy and fuel cells, 
geothermal energy, hydro power, green building, energy management, and 
green transportation. Numerous resources at the end of each chapter 
provide a wealth of information for job seekers.
"*This book is a gem!* For those who are searching for a rewarding 
career in renewable energy, this is the place to start. It is chock full 
of important information and resources that will guide you on your 
journey. I highly recommend it!" says Susan T. Schleith, Education 
Coordinator at the Florida Solar Energy Center.

To read more about this new book, click here for our web site 

/ /
/Careers in Renewable Energy: Get a Green Energy Job/, by Gregory 
McNamee; $20.00. Other renewable energy titles include */Got Sun? Go 
Solar/*; */HYDROGEN-Hot Stuff Cool Science/*; and */Power With Nature/*.
The Albuquerque chapter leader has resigned and we need someone to take 
over immediately.  This opportunity involves setting up and running 
chapter presentations meetings (once a month) at a set time and location 
(6:30pm, 4th Tuesday each month, REI).  You would be responsible for 
contacting prospective speakers, coordinating with the chapter media 
person to ensure she has the information for advertising the event, 
setting up the room at REI and breaking down the room after the event.   
If you are organized and detail-oriented, have good people skills and 
are interested in sustainability, we are looking for you.  This 
volunteer position may take you 5-10 hours a month (including the night 
of the meeting) depending on your connections and your skills.  We will 
provide you with a template and speakers are already scheduled for 
March, May and June.  Please contact Deena Klein at dleeclean at yahoo.com 
<mailto:dleeclean at yahoo.com> and put Chapter Leader in the subject heading.
Dear Solar Supporter,

There's no sugarcoating the urgency of the situation. *Federal 
incentives for solar, wind, geothermal, and other sustainable 
technologies are set to expire this December.*

That means these sustainable energy sectors, some of the most promising 
and strategically important industries in America, are at risk of losing 
Federal support - unless we act now.

The facts are clear. Solar energy, wind, geothermal, energy efficiency, 
and other sustainable energy technologies are *key components in 
powering green-collar jobs, promoting energy independence, and tackling 
climate change*. At a time when fossil fuel costs continue to rise, the 
costs for renewable energy continue to fall.

But legislation to extend these sustainable energy tax incentives (H.R. 
5351) is currently stalled in the Senate and time is running out.
* *
* That's why we urgently need your help.*

The best way to break this stalemate is for grassroots supporters of 
solar, wind, geothermal, and others to stand together and take action.

Here's how you can help:
*1) Contact your Senators to urge them to extend the renewable energy 
and energy conservation tax incentives to help generate green collar 
jobs, promote energy independence, and strengthen national security.*

Click here to find the contact information for your Senators 
via Vote-Smart.org (simply enter your zip code on the left side and 
click 'go').

While the vote of each Senator is important, for your convenience, *the 
list below represents key Senators who could provide the swing votes 
needed to break the stalemate*. If you live in one of the states listed 
below, click the Senator's name to find the phone numbers of the 
District Senate office(s) near you so you can call them and add your voice.

    * *Alaska*: Senator Murkowski
      & Senator Stevens
    * *Arizona*: Senator Kyl
      & Senator McCain
    * *Colorado*: Senator Allard
    * *Florida*: Senator Martinez
    * *Idaho*: Senator Craig
      & Senator Crapo
    * *Indiana*: Senator Lugar
    * *Kansas*: Senator Brownback
      & Senator Roberts
    * *Kentucky*: Senator Bunning
      & Senator McConnell
    * *Nevada*: Senator Ensign
    * *New Mexico*: Senator Domenici
    * *New Hampshire*: Senator Gregg
      & Senator Sununu
    * *North Carolina*: Senator Burr
      & Senator Dole
    * *Pennsylvania*: Senator Specter
    * *Tennessee*: Senator Alexander
      & Senator Corker
    * *Utah*: Senator Bennett
      & Senator Hatch
    * *Virginia*: Senator Warner

*2) Submit a brief letter to the editor* of your local newspaper to 
encourage others to urge their Senators to extend the renewable energy 
and energy efficiency tax incentives. One key point to highlight: 
failure to promptly extend renewable energy tax incentives puts 116,000 
solar & wind industry jobs and $19 billion in energy investment at risk.

*3) Encourage your friends to get involved *with the steps listed above 
to help end the stalemate in the Senate.

This is a critical time for supporters of solar energy. And your help is 
needed now more than ever. We can create a sustainable energy economy, 
but only if we work together.

Thank you for getting involved and adding your voice to the large and 
growing numbers of citizens in support of solar energy, energy 
efficiency, and other sustainable energy technologies.

Best regards,
Neal Lurie
Director of Marketing & Communications
* American Solar Energy Society*
303.443.3130 x105 

Contact: Shakeba Carter-Jenkins, (202) 564-4355 / 
carter-jenkins.shakeba at epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - March 18, 2008) The U.S. EPA Aging Initiative, in 
partnership with Generations United and the Rachel Carson Council Inc., 
are inviting submissions for its Second Annual Rachel Carson Sense of 
Wonder Intergenerational Poetry, Essay and Photography Contest.

Carson is considered to be the founder of the contemporary environmental 
movement through her landmark book, Silent Spring. Its publication is 
credited with reversing the nation's pesticide policy.

Using the title of another of Carson's books, "The Sense of Wonder," the 
contest is seeking submissions from intergenerational teams "that best 
express the "Sense of Wonder" that you feel when observing the sea, the 
night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your 

"Through this contest, we are inspiring the youngest and oldest among us 
to appreciate wonders and beauty of the natural world," said EPA 
Administrator Stephen L. Johnson.

"We experience a sense of wonder at every point in our lives, whether as 
children or older adults. The contest's intergenerational message 
exemplifies a long history of environmental work bridging the 
generations which goes back to the first Earth Day," said Donna Butts, 
executive director of Generations United. "We are delighted to again 
co-sponsor this important contest."

The contest's intergenerational approach reflects Carson's desire to 
have adults share with children a sense of wonder about nature and help 
them discover its joys. Entries must be intergenerational involving a 
team of persons related or unrelated and describe the intergenerational 
project and how this project brought the team in touch with the natural 

The deadline for entries is Monday, June 16, 2008. A panel of expert 
judges will select finalists. The winners in each category will then be 
determined by the public, who will have an opportunity to vote on-line 
in July and August for their favorite submission in each category: 
photography, essay, and poetry.  Winners will be announced on the EPA 
Aging Initiative Web site in October during Children's Health month.

Carson wrote that she would endow every child with "a sense of wonder so 
indestructible that it would last throughout life." However, "if a child 
is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship 
of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, 
excitement, and mystery of the world we live in."

The contest seeks to spur and instill that same sense of wonder among 
all generations. 

For more information, see: 

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