[NMSEA-news] NMSEA News, Events & Announcements
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Fri Apr 15 13:42:23 MDT 2011
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*Here are the Latest News, Events & Announcements from NMSEA*
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*/*/* /*/*Earth Day 2011 Approaching - NMSEA Volunteer Request
* 2011 Solar Fiesta Details Confirmed!!!
*//**//**/*/* /**/NMSEA SunPaper Archives - Now Available Online/**//**/
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** **APRIL 17: La Montanita Co-op Celebrate the Earth Fest in Nob Hill
**- /Albuquerque, NM
/*** APRIL 19 & 22: Earth Day Hikes at Bandelier National Monument -
/Los Alamos, NM
* /**APRIL 21: Start Up Ceremony at Abiquiu Dam & Tour - /Los Alamos, NM
/**/* /**APRIL 21: Energy Town Hall & Exposition at Fuller Lodge - /Los
/*** APRIL 22: Earth Day Webcast: "Creative Conservation in a Changing
Climate" - /Online
* /**APRIL 22: 2nd Annual Lincoln County Renewable Energy Conference -
* /**APRIL 22: Film Screening "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold & a Land Ethic
for Our Time" **/Silver City, //NM/*
*/* /**APRIL 23: Earth Day in Penny Park - /Silver City, //NM/
**/* /**APRIL 23: Lincoln County **Self-Guided **Solar & Sustainability
Tour 2011 -/ (near) Ruidoso, NM /*
** APRIL 26: NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter Meeting - /Albuquerque, NM
/*** APRIL 30: SynergyFest- /Las Vegas, NM/*
** MAY 7: NMSEA Basic Electric Vehicle Conversion Class - /Albuquerque,
*/ /MAY 21, 22, 28: NMSEA Electric Vehicles Conversion Class -
/*Earth Day 2011 Approaching - NMSEA Volunteer Request
Our organization's mission to promote clean, renewable energy and
sustainability in New Mexico relies on the efforts of our volunteer
members! With Earth Day quickly approaching, as one of NMSEA's busiest
seasons, our office receives countless requests to offer a table
presence at community events. NMSEA General Event Volunteers are needed
to assist us during SunChaser presentations and at community events,
hosting tables offering NMSEA literature and displaying merchandise for
Upcoming events include:
Saturday April 16 9 – 1PM Wilson Middle School - APS
Alternative Fuel Model Car Races
Sunday April 17 10AM – 5PM Nob Hill La Montanita Earth Day
Saturday April 23 10AM – 5PM Santa Fe Co-op Earth Day
Friday April 29 9AM – 2:30PM Georgia O’Keefe ES Earth Day
Saturday April 30 10AM – 4PM Las Vegas Synergy Fest
Tuesday May 10 9:AM – 1PM Rio Grande HS Solar Fiesta (SunChaser)
If you may be interested to assist NMSEA by offering time at any of
these upcoming events, please contact our office: info at nmsea.org,
(505) 246-0400. Thank you so much for your support!
/*2011 Solar Fiesta Details Confirmed!!! */
Solar Fiesta will take place this year August 28 & 29th (10am-5pm) at
Albuquerque Academy High School!
A two-day renewable energy fair, the Solar Fiesta features exhibits and
workshops about passive solar design, wind and solar electric systems,
solar heating and cooling, alternative fuels and vehicles, solar
cooking, rainwater catchment, and sustainable building materials, such
as strawbale, bamboo and adobe. NMSEA also invites educational
institutions, efficiency engineers and consultants, sustainable
developers, financers of efficiency projects and recyclers.
The theme this year's event is "Building a Sustainable Lifestyle."
Please stay tuned to the Solar Fiesta page
<http://www.nmsea.org/Solar_Fiesta/Solar_Fiesta_2011/index.php> on the
NMSEA website for additional event details regarding workshops,
exhibitor options, ticket pricing, volunteer opportunities and more,
*/NMSEA SunPaper Archives - Now Available Online
A selection of past SunPaper editions are now also available for
reference online. For more details, please visit the NMSEA website
NMSEA on Facebook*/
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*NMSEA is now also using this site to spread the word about our
educational outreach, upcoming events & fundraising drives.
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_**APRIL 17: La Montanita Co-op Celebrate the Earth Fest in Nob Hill **-
10am-6pm: Free & Open to the Public
La Montanita's annual spring celebration fills the streets behind the
Nob Hill Co-op with vendors and entertainment in celebration of Earth
Day! Come visit NMSEA (or even volunteer for a bit to help us staff our
table) alongside a host of other local businesses, farms & non-profits
offering information and giveways - purchase seedling plants to start
your garden - dance to live music in the streets with friends and
neighbors - & enjoy a range of delicious foods and beverages for sale!
More information available online
*APRIL 19 & 22: Earth Day Hikes at Bandelier National Monument - /Los
In conjunction with National Park Week, April 16-24, there will be two
hikes at Bandelier National Monument led by Jamie Civitello and Rory
One hike will be a moderate hike to Burnt Mesa Pueblo (Tues 4/19, 10am,
meet at the trailhead; 4 miles round trip, easy terrain). The other will
be a light/moderate walk to the mesa behind campground loop (Fri 4/22,
2:30 pm, 1.5 mile, meet at the amphitheater parking lot). The hikes will
focus on archeology/Ancestral Pueblo peoples, but we also will talk
about Bandelier's recent ecological restoration projects.
The hikes are free & admission to Bandelier is also free during the week
of April 16-24.
*APRIL 21: Start Up Ceremony at Abiquiu Dam & Tour - /Los Alamos, NM
10:30am Ceremony; 11am-12noon Tour
Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities cordially invites you to
attend the official ceremony to start up the newly installed 3 megawatt
turbine. The turbine will increase renewable energy capacity by 22% at
the Abiquiú hydroelectric facility, located at the downstream side of
the Abiquiú Dam.
*APRIL 21: Energy Town Hall & Exposition at Fuller Lodge - /Los Alamos, NM
Hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory's Energy Management Council,
the Energy Town Hall and Exposition will be part of LANL’s Earth Day
celebration. Details of what will take place are not yet released
(“Loose Lips Sink Ships”), but we have heard that Robert Hockaday of
Energy Related Devices will have an exhibit. Please contact Fuller Lodge
for directions, or further contact information (505) 662-1635*/
*APRIL 22: Earth Day Webcast: "Creative Conservation in a Changing
Climate" - /Online/*
Professor Camille Parmesan invites you to look at what current impacts
of rapid climate change has on wildlife, and explores innovative
solutions to animal and plant conservation in the 21st century. The
lecture will be webcasted live on our website*
**www.hotsciencecooltalks.org* <http://www.hotsciencecooltalks.org>* *
Dr Parmesan researches Biology at University of Texas & has work, which
previously appeared in the NY Times
For more information on this presentation, please contact: Stephen
Brueggerhoff, /Hot Science - Cool Talks/ Coordinator: (512) 471-4211
sbrueggerhoff at esi.utexas.edu <mailto:sbrueggerhoff at esi.utexas.edu>
Environmental Science Institute
*APRIL 22: 2nd Annual Lincoln County Renewable Energy Conference -
National keynote speaker, workshops, a secondary school clean energy
project fair & a trade show will highlight the event.
Open to business, industry, the military and the general public.
For more information, please contact James Miller, Lincoln County
Renewable Energy Initiative: (575) 937-2873
*APRIL 22: Film Screening "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold & a Land Ethic for
Our Time" **/Silver City, //NM
7pm Silco Theater: *311 North Bullard Street, Silver City
As part of the celebration of Earth Day 2011, GRIP, Upper Gila Watershed
Alliance, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and Aldo Leopold High School
will be sponsoring a screening of this feature length film of Aldo
Leopold, the man behind the nation's first wilderness area, the Gila
Wilderness, designated in 1924. A joint production of the Aldo Leopold
Foundation, the US Forest Service, and the Center for Humans and
Nature,/ Green Fire/ explores the life and legacy of this famed
conservationist and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in
the work of people and organizations all over the country. Guest
speakers from Aldo Leopold High School and others will talk briefly
about how Leopold's legacy continues in the Grant County community.
Free admission; donations appreciated. For more info about the film,
*APRIL 23: Earth Day & E-Waste Recycling in Penny Park - /Silver City/, NM
Join community organizations and businesses for the annual Earth Day at
Penny Park Celebration on Saturday, April 23 from 10 am - 2pm. Browse
more than 30 booths, kids can participate in an Easter Egg Hunt,
purchase your native plants, herbs, vegetables and rain barrels, and
enjoy entertainment with belly dancers, folk songs, and more.
Concurrent with Earth Day festivities, you can drop off your electronic
waste at the 2nd annual E-Waste Recycling Event organized by the Silver
City Recycling Committee. Drop-off location is the Stone-McGee parking
lot directly to the north of Penny Park (entrance on Grant St.)
Computers, monitors, VCR's, DVD's, games, cell phones, and burnt-out
CFL's will be accepted, as well as regular recyclables.
Microwaves,refrigerators, and other appliances will not be accepted. A
voluntary $5 fee will be charged for old-style TV's and computer
monitors paid via check or cash. For more information, contact Chuck
Fuller at 313-0020 or email scearthday at gmail.com
<mailto:scearthday at gmail.com>.
Earth Day at Penny Park organized by Aldo Leopold High School, Gila
Resources Information Project, Silver City Food Co-op, and the Town of
Silver City Joint Office of Sustainability. For further information,
stop by! Or visit the Silver City event calendar online
*APRIL 23: Lincoln County Self-Guided Solar & Sustainability Tour 2011
-/ (near) Ruidoso, NM /
*10am-4pm FREE Self-Guided tour
Participating hosts open their homes to the public to visit and learn
about sustainable living techniques: solar electric, solar water
heating, passive heating & cooling, organic gardening, rain water
harvesting, building with recycled, reclaimed, and/or alternative
materials, making biodiesel, and more.
For more information, please visit this blog
contact Dan Ray, danray1970 at yahoo.com <mailto:danray1970 at yahoo.com> or
*APRIL 26: NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter Meeting - /Albuquerque, NM/*
6-8pm at REI Store, 1550 Mercantile Ave NE, 87107
Our meeting this month will cover Earth Day efforts to reduce our
collective human “carbon footprint” as a planet. Planting trees is one
way to offset human carbon emissions contributions, but another approach
less commonly discussed, is supporting local agriculture. Eating local
and organic foods, along with sun baking foods, also help our planet by
reducing the overall energy inputs required to eat.
Join us for a visit with Brandy Price, Nutrition and Education
Coordinator from Los Poblanos Organics farm,* *and sample ways a "box"
of local, Organic fruits and vegetables can affordably feed family and
Athena Christodoulou (NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter leader and ex-
restaurateur) will take a typical LPO Harvest box and turn "raw" items
into delectable (if not at least interesting) finger foods. This
presentation will also include a simple introduction and ideas for
baking foods in a solar oven.
NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter meetings are FREE & Open to the Public - so
bring a friend! Each person will be entered into a drawing with a winner
every meeting.* *Experts and novices are all invited, and encouraged to
For more information, please refer to NMSEA's Chapter information page
*APRIL 30: SynergyFest- /Las Vegas, NM
/*10am-4pm at Melody Park on the NM Highlands University campus, in
historic Las Vegas
SynergyFest is a celebration of the potential for a sustainable future
for the regional community surrounding Las Vegas, New Mexico. Live
music powered by solar panels, the Sunshine Children's Village,
workshops, food and vendors provide a free, fun day for the entire family!
For more information, please visit www.synergyfest.com
<http://www.synergyfest.com> or contact Cheryl Zebrowski at 505-718-6932
*MAY 7: NMSEA Basic Electric Vehicle Conversion Class - /Albuquerque, NM/*
9am -12:30 at the NMSEA office, 1009 Bradbury Dr. SE, Albuquerque 87106
NMSEA is again offering Electric Vehicles (EV) Basics and Safety
Classes! This Basics class is a prerequisite for all subsequent NMSEA EV
Locate professionals to assist you, and learn how you to convert your
favorite truck or car body to an EV!
Members cost: $75
Non-Member cost: $85
Please register with payment by March 27/
***Please note that the April 30 date for this class has changed to May
7. The April class will no longer be available.***/
For course registration and payment, please email: info at nmsea.org, or
call (505) 246-0400 M or W-F, 8am-12 noon.
*MAY 21, 22, 28: NMSEA Electric Vehicles Conversion Class **-
****PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT the Advanced EV Class****
EV Conversion Class for Small Trucks & Cars: 3 full days May 21, 22, & 28
/Registration and payment must be received by 5/18/
NMSEA Member cost: *$300; Non-Member cost: $325
Highlights of the class will include;
· The sequence of procedures to ensure a safe efficient conversion.
· Different combinations that best suit the needs of the customer
and there particular conversion.
· Demonstrations on high & low voltage wiring techniques and
proper connector applications for large power cable and small instrument
& analog wiring.
· The students will be divided into small teams that will rotate
through workstations where they will have hands on experience on wiring
techniques and the application to motors, controllers, etc.(None of
the students doing the hands on work will be in contact with
· At the field/shop presentations the students will _observe_ the
actual installation of the motor, controller, charger, and batteries.
· The final day will include a preliminary test drive and
evaluation of the vehicle.
*The discount cost on the standard parts you will need for your
conversion will about offset the cost of the classes, effectively making
*Apply as a candidate to have your vehicle converted. Email Monte
at solpwr at plateautel.net <mailto:solpwr at plateautel.net> for details on
this or questions about the classes.
*For class sign up and payment email info at nmsea.org
<mailto:info at nmsea.org> or call (505) 246-0400 M or W-F: 9am – 12 noon
*NEW MEXICO SOLAR ENERGY ASSOCIATION*
1009 Bradbury Dr. SE, # 35, Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-246-0400, 888-886-6765, Fax: 505-246-2251
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