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Cool Cities News

The Sierra Club’s Cool Cities Campaign works with cities that have joined the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to accelerate their implementation of effective programs.

To date, more than 1000 mayors nationwide have signed the agreement. In New Mexico, seven cities are participating in the program: Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Capitan, Las Cruces, Ruidoso, Santa Fe (City and County), and Taos. Under the agreement, participating cities commit to take the following three actions:


Sustainable Eldorado Residents Alliance

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WHAT IS SERA?

We are a large group of committed Eldorado area residents forming an ecological partnership with our environment by conserving natural resources and inspiring action to ensure a sustainable and resilient future for our community.


Albuquerque institutions go solar

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By Jeff Potter

Recent projections by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research for population growth in central New Mexico are eye-opening. By the year 2035 there will be another Bernalillo County-size increase in the population along the Rio Grande corridor. These projections lead to concerns such as water availability, infrastructure limitations, and residential and business electricity supply.


ABQ Energy Code Rollback a Step in Wrong Direction

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Published in the ABQ Journal on August 10

by Shrayas Jatkar, Sierra Club; City Councilor Ike Benton and Tammy Fiebelkorn, eSolved.

We strongly oppose the move to scrap Albuquerque's energy-saving building code. The guaranteed outcomes from such a move are greater energy waste, higher monthly utility bills for consumers and increased pollution.


From Green Jobs Assessment, Albuquerque is at # 10 American Cities With The Fastest Green Jobs Growth

In a story dated 7/18/11 on the Huffingtonpost.com , it is reported that in “Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment,” an unbiased report published by Brookings Institute that Albuquerque, NM is the tenth leading American city for the fastest Green Jobs growth.

the following is excerpted from the story:

"# 10. Albuquerque, NM


City of Santa Fe Nears Completion of 1 MW Solar Facility

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The City of Santa Fe will start up its new 1 MW solar electricity facility on January 1, 2011.

The City of Santa Fe will realize immediate cost savings with no upfront investment.

The Sierra Club's Cool Cities program worked closely with Nick Schiavo and city leaders in 2008 to initiate this project.

Nick Schiavo, the City's project leader and energy czar, led a tour of the facility for the Sierra Club on Friday, November 19.


Buckman Direct Diversion Project Adopts Landmark Renewable Energy Contract

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In 1Q 2009, David Van Winkle and Dexter Coolidge of the Northern New Mexico Group of the Sierra Club met with Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, City of Santa Fe City Councilors and Santa Fe County Commissioners to convince them to use renewable energy for the Buckman water project. It became a reality last week.


Chapter Funded Program Wins Sustainable Santa Fe Award

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On April 24, Energy Works received the 2010 Sustainable Santa Fe Award for a Renewable Energy Project. Energy Works is collaboration between Youth Works and the Community Housing Trust, which the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club funded in 2009 in conjunction with the City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust. This project funded eight youths to complete over 225 energy efficiency installations/audits for working class families.


Cool Cities Las Cruces Kickoff Packs the Southern Group Office

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On Earth Day, members, friends, and other organizations’ representatives filled the Rio Grande Chapter/Southern Group office for the first organizational meeting of the Cool Cities Las Cruces campaign. City Councilor Olga Pedroza also participated.


Santa Fe CoolBiz Celebrates "Cool" Businesses for Earth Day

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The Sierra Club’s Santa Fe Cool Biz Program is recognizing eight local businesses for green business practices.


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