Clearing the Air

Wind Turbine and Wind Mill

Step outside and take a long, deep breath. Was the air clean and fresh or are you hacking up a lung? Check the American Lung Association's 2007 State of the Air Report and see how the air in your town ranks against the rest of the United States. The report ranks cities' air quality based on ozone (O3) and Particle Pollution (Soot). In the 2007 State of the Air report Santa Fe, New Mexico ranked as the second cleanest city in the U.S. for Long-term Particle Pollution and 21st for Short-term Particle Pollution.

Schott Solar Plant in Albuquerque

Schott Solar Photovoltaic Panel

Schott Solar Inc. has broken ground for a new solar power manufacturing plant on Mesa del Sol (appropriately enough) in Albuquerque, NM. Schott Solar will produce both Photovoltaic (PV) panels and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) receivers at the Albuquerque plant. The CSP receivers will be suitable for solar power plants of up to 50 Megawatts, while the PV panels can be used in installations of any size. The first CSP receivers should come off the manufacturing line in March 2009, to be followed by photovoltaic panels in April 2009.

No Oil Drilling in Santa Fe for One Year

No Oil Drill Bit

Opponents of oil and gas drilling in Santa Fe county can breathe a sigh of relief. A press release from the Santa Fe County Board of Commissioners dated February 26, 2008 states:

'The Santa Fe County Board of County Commissioners has passed an emergency interim development ordinance that temporarily suspends the processing and granting of applications for permits to drill for oil and natural gas within the Galisteo Basin until February 28, 2009. The ordinance also empowers the Board to extend the prohibition for an additional 6 months, if necessary.'

Snow Sports vs. Global Warming

Snow Flakes

Global Warming is causing temperatures to rise and is disrupting weather patterns world-wide. The Snow Sports industry (skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice climbing, etc.) depends on cold winter weather and reliable snowfalls. Given that Global Warming threatens the very existence of snow what is the Snow Sports Industry doing now and what could it be doing to operate more sustainably?

Ski Areas and Resorts

A Man, A Plan, Sustainability

Sustainable Santa Fe Logo

What: Public Meeting to Review Sustainable Santa Fe Plan
Where: Southside Library Community Room, 6599 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505
When: Saturday, February 16th, 2008, 12 Noon to 4 p.m.

Why I Love Winter #2

Snowy Day in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Looking east towards the Sangre de Cristo mountains from just below Tesuque Peak on a snowy February 5, 2008.

SnowCode.org

Ski Santa Fe 4th Annual February Telemark Series

Telemark Skier with lurk

What: February Telemark Skiing Classes
When: Feb. 9th, 16th, 23rd, and March 1st from 10 am to 12 noon
Where: Ski Santa Fe

Commuter Rail comes to Santa Fe

NM Rail Runner logo

What: Santa Fe Open House Meeting for the New Mexico Rail Runner
When: Wednesday, January 30, 2008: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Building a Better Light Bulb

Energy Star Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb

I hate to say it but, Compact Fluorescent Lights are not the end-all and be-all of home lighting choices. However, CFL's are much more efficient and long-lived than regular incandescent bulbs and have become reasonably priced. Yet not everyone loves the light quality of compact fluorescents. So, how do you find a CFL with good color and light output?

The Tony Forrest Telemark Workshop is back!

David telemarking at Silverton Mountain

What: Tony Forrest Telemark Ski Workshop
When: February 2 & 3, 2008, 10 am - 3 pm each day
Where: Santa Fe Ski Area
Cost: $120 for 2 days of lessons
Call: 505-982-4429

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