[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 


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!


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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 & 
Natural Building

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


**** *Solar Santa Fe -- City supports solar electric, heat, and efficiency

*** The New Mexico Clean Energy Update - News Programs on Local Public 
Radio Stations***

*** Chapter Leader Opportunity for NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter***



* *"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
Turning Point: The Next Generation
Public Lecture and Conversation with Prescott College President Dr. 
Daniel Garvey
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


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



                   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 
Walk 2.


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



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.



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 



*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 
National Bank.

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 
Lemon Vinaigrette;

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///


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/


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>



* *




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!

Rebecca Sobel

505.988.9126 x1152**

rsobel at wildearthguardians.org>**





The New Mexico Clean Energy Update is a series of thirteen weekly radio 
news reports,
five minutes in duration, broadcast on public radio station KUNM FM 
89.9, starting
April 14, 2008, and over other public radio stations throughout New 
Mexico. You'll
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 
more about
New Mexico Clean Energy Programs at www.CleanEnergyNM.org 


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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