[NMSEA-news] Events, Conferences, Classes
News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association
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Wed Sep 19 12:27:54 MDT 2007
Hi Solar Enthusiasts!
Here's the current list of events in our area and beyond. First is the
calendar summary, then further below are more details for each event:
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9/21 Santa Fe Green Biz Networkers
9/29 - Hands-on Biodiesel Class
9/29-30 Santa Fe Green Building Expo
10/5 USGBC NM LEED workshop, Understanding LEED Project Costs & Returns
10/11 LASE (Los Alamos Sustainable Energy) Network monthly meeting
10/12-14, 20-21 - Hands-on PV Design and Installation Class
10/19-21 - Bioneers Conference and
10/19-28 - The Natural Building Colloquium, Quiet Valley Ranch,
11/7-9 Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference! Sacramento, CA
11/10-18 Ecovillage Design Education Course – Social Dimension
GENERAL INTEREST ITEMS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST
Please see the NMSEA Event Calendar for the complete list of events:
http://www.nmsea.org/Events/Event_Calendar.php. We usually only list the
most recent notices here.
Any questions? Please contact us!
New Mexico Solar Energy Association
1009 Bradbury St SE, Ste. 35
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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DETAIL OF EVENTS:
9/21 SANTA FE GREEN BIZ NETWORKERS
Greetings Green Biz Networkers!
Our next meeting will be Friday September 21, 7:30am at Whole Foods
On the morning's agenda - New Mexico Bioneers Conference update. Come
hear all about the upcoming conference from organizers Amy Pilling and
For more information : http://www.santafealliance.com/events.php
9/29 – BIODIESEL CLASS
The next hands-on Biodiesel Class is 9/29.
James Burgess and Eric Chrisp continue their series of hands-on
Biodiesel101classes. They will cover sourcing oil, economic and
ecological pros and cons, preferred vehicles, how to make your own
biodiesel processor for under $400, how to brew on a small or medium
scale, how to test oil quality, safety issues, washing fuel, politics,
why we drink beer when we brew and much, much more!
Why: Because it's fun to make biodiesel! Oh yeah, and because "here we
have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often
imported from unstable parts of the world" (G. W. Bush, January 2006).
Learn many more reasons at the workshop.
Who: James Burgess and Eric Chrisp have been declared "Biodiesel Jedi"
by the New Mexico Solar Energy Association. They have conducted numerous
presentations and workshops. Each has been running one or more vehicles
on home-brewed biodiesel for over two years.
Non-Members - $110
NMSEA Members - $99.
See http://www.nmsea.org/Workshops/biodiesel_workshop.php for further
9/29-30 SANTA FE GREEN BUILDING EXPO
FREE TO PUBLIC
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29: 10AM-6PM
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30: 12-5PM
Hosted by Build Green of The Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association
10/5 USGBC NM LEED WORKSHOP, UNDERSTANDING LEED PROJECT COSTS & RETURNS
The NM Chapter is hosting the "Understanding LEED Project Costs &
Returns " training module to be held on October 5, 2007 from 8:30 AM
until 12:30 PM at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.
We REALLY need to have a minimum of 30 attendees signed up by THIS
Friday - September 14,2007 or the training will not be held. So, if you
plan on attending this very informative training which addresses the
question we most frequently hear about LEED - "How much does it
cost?"...sign up today!
To register for this or any USGBC workshop, visit
Early members $175, non members $205
Late (begins 09/28/07) members $225, non members $275
Students NEW! $150 (limited availability)
(FULL-TIME STUDENTS ONLY)
For info on student rates and all workshop inquiries,
contact workshop at usgbc.org or call 1-800-795-1747.
- A discounted price on the LEED-NC Reference Guide print
edition ($125 + S&H) when purchased at registration
- Educational handouts
- Refreshment breaks
10/11 LASE (LOS ALAMOS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY) NETWORK MONTHLY MEETING
LASE Network monthly meeting at the Pajarito Environmental Center
(PEEC), 6:30 socialize, 7 p.m. Topic: “Life Cycle Benefits of Green
Building”. Los Alamos County is committed to an extensive building
program over the next few years, and is trying to achieve LEED Silver
certification on these projects. Furthest along is the Solid Waste
Transfer Station. Other projects include the Airport Basin Site Project
and the Judicial/Police/Jail Project.
The LASE (Los Alamos Sustainable Energy) Network is a nonpartisan,
volunteer based, open-to-all, Los Alamos community group dedicated to
promoting the development, use, and education of sustainable energy
in our community. The LASE Network Resource Center is located in the
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in the L-wing of the high
school at 3540 Orange Street, one block east of Diamond Drive,
on the left at the bottom of the hill. If you can be a docent for the
Center please get in touch with Chick Keller
atalfanso at mail.cybermesa.com.
Please send suggestions for the e-news to David Griggs at
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the LASE web site at http://www.lasenergy.net/.
David Griggs, Chaosopher
Phone: (505) 661-4572
PO Box 221, Los Alamos, NM 87544
10/12-14, 20-21 – HANDS-ON PV DESIGN AND INSTALLATION CLASS
Photovoltaic (PV) Design and Installation Class (Hands-On) 5-Day Class
Sponsored by New Mexico Solar Energy Association
Next class: October 12-14 & 20-21, 2007
Cost: $500.00 per person; NMSEA members - $450
Are you interested in learning more about solar electricity? Would you
like to learn about siting, sizing and safely installing a PV system?
This class will be held over two weekends, October 12-14 and 20-21,
2007. Topics to be covered include photovoltaic components, designing
and sizing a system, siting, and the configuration of stand-alone
(off-grid) and grid-tie (utility-connected) systems. Safety and energy
efficiency will also be covered.
The class will start with three days in the classroom. It will include
visiting instructors, tours of local PV systems and hands-on labs. The
last two days will be spent installing a PV system. Students will have
the opportunity to hear from local PV business owners, installers and
other PV experts. Depending upon the group's interest, there may be
evening slideshows and talks from members of the
New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA).
The instructor is Marlene Brown. Marlene is President of the New Mexico
Solar Energy Association (NMSEA). She has been working with PV systems
for over 15 years and has installed hundreds of systems in the U.S. and
the developing world. Marlene has been teaching PV classes for over 10
years. There may be other co- and guest instructors throughout the course.
http://www.nmsea.org/Workshops/pv_workshop.php contains these details.
Contact the office to register (info at top).
10/19-21 – BIONEERS CONFERENCE
The Bioneers Conference <http://www.bioneers.org/conference> is a
dynamic, leading-edge forum, focused on practical and visionary
solutions for restoring the Earth’s imperiled ecosystems and healing our
See http://www.bioneers.org/ for details.
NM Bioneers Conference - Early Bird Rates Through August
There's still time to register at early-bird rates for the NM Bioneers
Conference. The fee for attending the entire 3-day conference (Oct.
19-21) at the College of Santa Fe is only $95 for general admission -
and only $50 for youth, educators, elders, and nonprofit staff. Register
today because the early-bird rates end August 31.
Your early registration saves you money - and shows your support for the
conference. To register online or to print a form, visit
www.nmconference.org. Or call us at 505-428-1227. The website also has
information on becoming a conference sponsor, exhibitor, presenter, or
CONFERENCE-RELATED NEWS (Visit www.nmconference.org
<http://www.nmconference.org> for More Details)
The Youth Scholarship Raffle is taking shape to raise money for
conference scholarships for up to 200 youth. The grand prize is an
electric car. Also included are a vacation at an eco-resort in Mexico,
an electric bike, and many other prizes. If you would like to
participate in this important project by donating a raffle item or
helping us sell tickets, please contact Richard Kujawski
(richard at living-green.org <mailto:richard at living-green.org> or
505-751-3424). The tickets to win these great give-aways are $100 each,
and will go on sale shortly after Labor Day.
10/19-28 -THE NATURAL BUILDING COLLOQUIUM
October will bring an opportunity to connect with natural builders and
those committed to sustainability and community. The Natural Building
Colloquium, Oct 19-28, 2007, will bring together many skilled,
interesting, big-hearted people. It will be in Kerrville, a couple of
hours from Austin or San Antonio. If the announcement below interests
you, follow the link at the bottom for more information.
Director, Builders Without Borders
In the spirit of strengthening and expanding our community of those
interested in sustainable building, central Texas invites you to attend
a Natural Building Colloquium, October 19-28. Colloquia are gatherings
of people, ranging from experienced to simply curious, who come to learn
from each other, to synergize their experience and to remind themselves
of their larger vision.
Oct 19-28, 2007 ... come one weekend, two weekends or all ten days
Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville, TX
In our case, the vision is of a lifestyle and building culture that
could repeat itself indefinitely through successive generations. With
careful searching many of us have concluded that the use of locally
abundant, unprocessed materials such as earth, stone, straw and native
timber provide the structure with which to achieve this vision. Cob,
strawbale, adobe, earthbag, leichtlehm (straw-clay), and timber frame
are a few of the types of systems that exemplify this philosophy.
Natural buildings become pieces of art created with soul and purpose.
Permaculture , or "permanent agriculture," helps us integrate human
patterns into the landscape surrounding our homes. As originated by Bill
Mollison, permaculture is the practice of designing sustainable human
following nature's patterns, integrating ecology, landscape, organic
gardening, architecture and agroforestry.
There are other important aspects as well: delicious food that nourishes
the body, music, laughter, creativity, families of all sorts, eager
minds and willing hands. We seek to create homes that comfort the body
and lift the soul. If you possess or aspire to any of the above, we
invite you to join us this fall. We have in incredible group of
presenters and hands-on projects.
Details on presenters, registration, costs, meals and accomodations at
early registration ends Aug 15
We hope to see you in Texas this October!
11/7-9 - BEHAVIOR, ENERGY, AND CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE
The first-ever Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference ("BECC")
is a national conference focused on understanding the behavior and
decision-making of individuals and organizations and on using that
knowledge to help accelerate our transition to an energy-efficient and
The conference program and registration details will be announced soon
on the conference Web site: http://aceee.org/conf/07becc/07beccindex.htm.
What Topics Will Be Addressed? (partial list)
Behavior and technology-design, adoption, and use
Motivating individual and collective action
Behavior and policy design and regulation
Insights from anthropology, sociology, psychology, and public health
research and interventions
Increasing program participation and effectiveness
Incorporating behavior in energy potential studies
Lessons from 30 years of program evaluations
People are different-leveraging segmentation
Behavior in organizations
Impacts of changing lifestyles on energy use
Social norms and networks
Economic models and behavior
Social marketing and other behavior change strategies
Attitudes, opinions and "public will"
Messages, messengers, and role models
Who Should Attend?
This first-ever conference on Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change will
attract a diverse group. The meeting will be of interest to anyone
interested in behavior, energy, and climate issues, especially
researchers; policymakers and advisors (national, state and local);
program developers and implementers; marketing, advertising, and
communications professionals; corporations; consultants; evaluators;
utilities; technology manufacturers; NGO's; faculty and students.
The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference will be held November
7 - 9, 2007 in Sacramento, California. The conference will begin on
Wednesday evening, November 7 with Registration and a Networking
Reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Two full days of sessions will be
held on November 8 and 9.
Online registration will be available soon at
11/10-18 ECOVILLAGE DESIGN EDUCATION TRAINING
Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) is a four-part introductory training
course being offered over the course of the next year through the
Univ.of New Mexico Continuing Education. The program is dedicated to
creating solutions to global environmental, social, and economic issues
through local and regional community building. Course content provides
an overview of design considerations for establishing sustainable
communities ("eco-villages") in both urban and rural settings in order
to promote and prepare for a sustainable future and has already been
presented and implemented in ten other countries including Germany,
Brazil, and India. This year EDE is being offered for the first time in
the United States, right here in New Mexico! EDE is a project of Gaia
Education, a component of the Global Ecovillage Network and an official
contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable
For detailed course or registration information, visit:
<http://www.ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org> or e-mail
info at ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org
<mailto:info at ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org>
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