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Bike To Work Week 2008 Logo

What: Bike To Work Week
When: May 12 - 16, 2008
Where: Nationwide

If you're looking for a way to save money on gas this year, here's a way to get unlimited miles per gallon. Instead of a gas-guzzling car, truck or SUV, try driving a bicycle to work for a week. The League of American Bicyclists is sponsoring their annual Bike to Work Week and Bike to work Day from May 12 through 16 this year. Check out the Bike Month Special Events to see what events may be happening near you.

Green Building with Brown Adobe

Sustainability Week 2008 logo

What: Sustainability Week and GreenBuilt Tour New Mexico
When: May 10 - 18, 2008
Where: Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos, NM

I've been reading about Green Building and scores of new ideas and technologies being developed. With so many possible building designs and techniques the choices can be overwhelming. I think it's time to check out some green homes and buildings to see what works and what doesn't. Just in time for Spring home improvement and house hunting season here comes Sustainability Week and the New Mexico GreenBuilt Tour.

Santa Fe River Tree Planting Day

Wild Earth Guardians Stream Team

What: Stream Team Santa Fe River Tree Planting Day
When: Saturday, April 5, 2008, 10am-3pm
Where: On the Santa Fe River near Santa Fe, NM

On Saturday, April 5th join with WildEarth Guardians' members, supporters and volunteers to become a Stream Team Activist by gathering pledges and planting trees for each pledge. These trees become restored streamside habitat for wildlife such as endangered Southwest Willow Flycatchers and beavers.

Why Do Rivers Need to Be Restored?

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.'

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.

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