[NMSEA-news] Earth Day events, workshops, announcements, volunteer opportunities!!
News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association
nmsea-news at nmsea.org
Tue Apr 15 11:05:41 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
CHECK OUT THE WEB CALENDAR FOR ALL THE EARTH DAY EVENTS HAPPENING THIS
MONTH! WE STLL NEED VOLUNTEERS!!
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 input!
NEW MEXICO SOLAR ENERGY ASSOCIATION
1009 Bradbury St SE, Ste. 35
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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April 18 - Santa Fe Green Business Network's Monthly Networking Breakfast
April 19 -- Hydrogen Fuel Cell Competition - Albuquerque
April 20 -- Taos Earth Day Celebration and The Longest Walk
April 22: NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter Meeting -- 6:30 REI
Mark Chalom, Architect: Case Studies forPassive Solar Home
April = Earth Day -- Volunteer with NMSEA (many events added from last
April 22, 26, 27, May 8 -- Los Alamos Chapter Events
April 26 -- Las Vegas: NMSEA Synergy Fest
May, June, July, August - Crestone Solar School, Solar Heating Design &
May 3 -- 8: American Solar Energy Association's SOLAR 2008
May 10 - 17th: Sustainability Week and The Green Built Tour 2008
May 17-25: Ecovillage Design Education -- The Ecological Dimension
*ANNOUNCMENTS SUMMARY *
**** *Solar Santa Fe -- City supports solar electric, heat, and efficiency
*** The New Mexico Clean Energy Update - News Programs on Local Public
*** Chapter Leader Opportunity for NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter***
APRIL 18 - SANTA FE GREEN BUSINESS NETWORK
MONTHLY NETWORKING BREAKFAST
* *"Clean Local Energy For Santa Fe"
Friday, April 18, 2008 7:30-9 am.
At the Whole Foods Market Community Room.
(The smaller Whole Foods Market building facing Cerrillos Road).
Can we have a local utility here in our community that will increase our
energy security in these uncertain times?
Bill Althouse will introduce to the GBN a resolution for a feasibility
study of a local utility. For several months a group of folks in the
community have been working toward developing a local utility in Santa
Fe. This meeting is intended to be an introduction to their research and
the issues and policies that are hindrances and helps locally and
globally in the implementation of local utilities companies. Bill
Althouse will present an introduction to successful models that have
been proven to work abroad, and could work here in Santa Fe. This shall
be the first step seeking community input, as the steering committee
moves toward the creation of a feasibility study. Comments and questions
from the community shall be welcome and encouraged. A preliminary draft
on the resolution to be introduced is attached.
Free and open to the entire community. Complimentary coffee, pastries,
and meeting space provided by Whole Foods Market.
For more information, please contact Matthew Ellis at
hopscotchdesign at hotmail.com
Sponsored by: Whole Foods Market and Santa Fe Alliance
NEWS and EVENTS:
Turning Point: The Next Generation
Public Lecture and Conversation with Prescott College President Dr.
What challenges face the next generation? What is the responsibility of
those who have come before?
"The survival of the planet as we've known it may well depend upon a
multi-generational movement that places more power and control in the
hands of the young." Dr. Daniel Garvey
When: April 17, 7pm
Where: SF Community College, Room 216
2007-2008 Imagine: Sustainable Futures Dialogues
A Public Service of Prescott College
APRIL 19 -- HYDROGEN FUEL CELL COMPETITION -- ALBUQUERQUE
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.
APRIL 20: EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AT KIT CARSON PARK IN TAOS
THE LONGEST WALK
The Earth day celebration at Kit Carson Park in Taos New Mexico will
take place on Sunday, April 20th from 10 to 4 and is being presented by
the Taos chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association. There will
be fun for children of all ages with music, food and information booths
provided by local groups involved in the sustainability and
environmental movements. Invited guests include members of the Longest
On Feb. 11th, Longest Walk participants embarked on a 5 month journey
from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. arriving on July 11th. The
Longest Walk south route is being led by AIM co-founder Dennis J. Banks.
It is an extraordinary grassroots effort on a national level to bring
attention to the environmental disharmony of Mother Earth, sacred site
issues, and to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original longest
walk. For Taos Earth Day info call Scott at 575-758-5338
APRIL 22 -- NMSEA ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER MEETING
MARK CHALOM: CASE STUDIES FOR PASSIVE SOLAR HOMES
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.
APRIL = EARTH DAY - VOLUNTEER WITH NMSEA
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 or call with your contact info, including full name, email
address and phone number.
info at nmsea.org <mailto:info at nmsea.org>
Here are the upcoming Earth Day events that NMSEA will take part in:
Silver City -- Saturday, April 19
Albuquerque -- April 19, Earth Day at the Zoo
Taos -- April 20, Taos Earth Day
Farmington -- April 23, San Juan College Earth Day
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
APRIL -- LOS ALAMOS CHAPTER EVENTS
LASE NETWORK (LOS ALAMOS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY NETWORK)
*Tues., April 22 -Geo-chemist Dr. James Conca at 7:00 PM at Fuller Lodge
in Los Alamos*
Talk 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 - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM_*
Exhibits, entertainment, food, hands-on activities, and more!
The main Earth Day event is the Festival on April 26 at PEEC from 10 AM
to 2 PM. At the Festival, there will be displays by community groups of
their earth-friendly products and practices, and of information about
our local environment on the Pajarito Plateau.
The theme of this year's Earth Day celebration is 'Hot Ideas for a Cool
County,' in support of efforts to reduce carbon emissions and to obtain
the designation 'Cool County' for Los Alamos.
We are happy to announce that Clan Tynker, the European Renaissance
entertainment group that was such a crowd pleaser at last year's
Festival, will give an encore performance this year. Clan Tynker's
programs are non-stop kaleidoscopes of acts - including juggling,
stilt-walking, magic, fire-breathing, and music - that appeal to young
and old alike. Clan Tynker's performance is sponsored by Los Alamos
Additional musical entertainment will be provided by Shashi.
_Sunday, April 27 - Party for PEEC - 5-8 PM at Central Avenue Grill_*
The annual Earth Day benefit event for PEEC.
The annual Earth Day benefit for PEEC. Features an excellent dinner at
Central Avenue Grill. To benefit PEEC, there will be a silent auction,
and a live auction of a few highly-prized items, including a beautiful
quilt by local quilt artist Katy Korkos.
Menu: Spring Salad with Baby Greens, Cucumber, Strawberries and Honey
Red Chili Honey Glazed Chicken with Cilantro, Corn Mashed Potatoes, and
Cilantro Lime Mojo (A vegetarian option will be substituted upon request.)
Almond Cake with Lemon Ice Cream and Raspberry Sauce
*_Thurs., May 8 __ - 7:00 PM - LASE Network Monthly Meeting at PEEC_
*A History of Architecture as told by R. Buckminster Fuller:*
*A Chautauqua Performance by Petr Jandác(ek*
R. Buckminster 'Bucky' Fuller - American architect, author, designer,
futurist, inventor, poet and visionary. Throughout his life, Fuller was
concerned with the question 'Does humanity have a chance to survive
lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how?' Fuller
wrote more than thirty books, coining terms such as 'Spaceship Earth',
ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also worked in the development of
inventions, chiefly in the fields of design and architecture, the best
known of which is the geodesic dome.
Carbon molecules known as fullerenes or buckyballs were named for their
resemblance to a geodesic sphere.
From early youth, Petr Jandác(ek was fascinated with the architecture,
inventions and philosophy of R. Buckminster Fuller, who was an professor
emeritus at Southern Illinois University when Petr was in a PhD program
there. After moving back to Los Alamos, he and his wife and children
built geodesic domes. During this time, he conducted an extensive
correspondence with Fuller.
Petr Jandác(ek has taught art in Los Alamos schools for more than 30 years.
Socializing begins at 6:30 PM. The program is from 7 - 8 PM.
The meeting location will be at the Pajarito Environmental Education
Center in the old High School 'L' Building at 3540 Orange Street.
(/Directions: from Trinity, go on Diamond past the high school, and turn
right on Orange St. Go about 2 1/2 blocks...PEEC will be on the left.)/
David Griggs, /Chaosopher/
Phone: (505) 661-4572
PO Box 221, Los Alamos, NM 87544
I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world
revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.
We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a
'person-oriented' society. When machines and computers, profit motives
and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant
triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being
conquered. /Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967///
APRIL 26 -- LAS VEGAS: NMSEA SYNERGY FEST
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>.
MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
CRESTONE SOLAR SCHOOL -SOLAR HEATING DESIGN & NATURAL BUILDING
Solar Heating design and Natural Building -- 4 day Workshop, taught by
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.
MAY 3 -- 8: AMERICAN SOLAR ENERGY ASSOCIATION'S SOLAR 2008
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*
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.
MAY 10 - MAY 17TH -- SUSTAINABILITY WEEK AND THE GREEN BUILT TOUR 2008
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/
MAY 17-25: ECOVILLAGE DESIGN EDUCATION - THE ECOLOGICAL DIMENSION
Ecology is the study of the dynamic, interdependent relationships in the
Web of Life. An Eco-village, then, is a human settlement that is
integrated into this Web of Life in a way that benefits both humans and
their supporting environment.
The following Modules are intended to instill an "ecological literacy"
--- a functional knowledge-base influencing not only our thinking and
critical design judgment but also our way of experiencing Life as a
celebration of organic, evolutionary fullness and plenitude:
1. Green Building and Retrofitting
2. Local Food
3. Appropriate Technology
4. Restoring Nature
5. Integrated Ecovillage Design
For more information: www.ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org
<http://www.ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org>, Robert Griffin:
505-366-4700, robert at globalfamily.net <mailto:robert at globalfamily.net>
*SOLAR SANTA FE -- CITY SUPPORTS SOLAR ELECTRIC, HEATING AND EFFICIENCY*
First of all, I wanted to thank you for your support of our Solar Santa
Fe program - a process which allows for the City of Santa Fe use monies
from municipal bonds to offer long term low interest loans to Santa Fe
residents to offset the costs of purchasing solar electric, solar
heating and efficiency measures. The program has passed through the City
Council with a preliminary 60 day study (completed May 26) and a
proposed $1 million dollar budget.
We at WildEarth are hoping to duplicate our efforts with this program in
Albuquerque, but first we would like the City of Santa Fe to be bold
models for this program. We're hoping to demonstrate widespread support
and interest for the program so as to justify an increase in the $1
million dollar budget. We'd like to provide opportunities for Santa Fe
residents to sign up on a waiting list for the program, demonstrating
the need for an increased budget in the future. We were thinking about
hosting or collaborating with other organizations for solar events in
which attendees could learn about the new program and sign up on a
waiting list. I would love to know if there are any such opportunities
with NMSEA in Santa Fe to achieve such objectives. Wouldn't it be great
to highlight all the wonderful technological capital already present in
the RE sector in Santa Fe, and then broadcast opportunities for citizen
involvement? We're still brainstorming such ideas, so any suggestions
you might have on how to build a large list of interested Santa Fe
parties would be very much appreciated.
Please find the support letter and our fact sheet on the program attached.
(Contact Rebecca to get the support letter and fact sheet)
Thanks for all your great work!
rsobel at wildearthguardians.org>**
THE NEW MEXICO CLEAN ENERGY UPDATE
NEWS PROGRAMS ON LOCAL PUBLIC RADIO STATIONS
The New Mexico Clean Energy Update is a series of thirteen weekly radio
five minutes in duration, broadcast on public radio station KUNM FM
April 14, 2008, and over other public radio stations throughout New
also be able to listen online at KUNM's web site
These news reports address a wide range of New Mexico clean energy
topics. We hope
you'll make a point to listen in!
The New Mexico Clean Energy Update is produced by Vision Trust, Inc.
through a grant
from the New Mexico Energy Conservation and Management Division. Learn
New Mexico Clean Energy Programs at www.CleanEnergyNM.org
CHAPTER LEADER NEEDED FOR NMSEA ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER
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.
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