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

Winter Heat from a Clothes Dryer

Clothes Dryer Heat Diverter

I'll admit it, I love my clothes line ... when it's warm out. But, in the middle of winter when the high temperature for the day stays below freezing heading outside to hang wet jeans on the line is a bit tough. Yes, I could set up an inside clothes line or rack. But I've found another option, I can use my clothes dryer to heat and humidify the house.

Are Carbon Offsets for Real?

Oak Tree in winter

F.T.C. Asks if Carbon-Offset Money Is Well Spent

Carbon Offsets are one of the newest inventions in the search for ways to reduce ones carbon footprint. The idea is that you purchase a number of offsets to compensate for the amount of carbon you are responsible for generating by traveling, building a new house or just day to day consumer purchases. The question is - are they for real?

Santa Fe - Now with Twice the Recycling!

Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency

Starting January 14th, 2008 the city of Santa Fe, NM will begin weekly pickup for residential recycling. The hope is that a weekly schedule will increase recycling participation compared to the somewhat confusing bi-weekly pickup schedule. I know that I occasionally forget which week is the recycling pickup week. So, I think this could help encourage some forgetful folks to recycle.

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