2010 Sustainable Santa Fe Award Winners
Awards Ceremony Held April 24th at the Community Farm
Congressman Ben Ray Lujan Speaks at the 2010 Sustainable Santa Fe Awards Ceremony
The 2010 Sustainable Santa Fe Awards were presented after a day of community service by the Youth Advisory Board members to the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission. In addition, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Mayor David Coss and City Councilor Chris Calvert all spoke expressing their support of the work of the Commission, Youth Advisory Board and the winners of this year's awards.
Green Fire Publications, LLC
Category: Sustainable Education Project
Project: Green Fire Times
The Green Fire Times began publishing in May 2009. It is a monthly tabloid publication which focuses, in part, on Renewable Energy, Green Construction, Health, Healing, Organic Foods, Nutrition, Permaculture, Sustainability, Green Collar Jobs, etc! Basically "all things green"! 18,000 copies are available each month on newsstands. Green Fire Times is also available online at www.GreenFireTimes.com
Victoria Atencio and Santa Fe Indian School
Category: Youth-Led Project
Project: Earth Appreciation Senior Honors Project
Santa Fe Indian School senior, Victoria Atencio, created a project called Honoring Mother Earth. The focus of the project was to explore ways of “Reducing our impact on Earth by going back to traditional ways and focusing on renewable/alternative energy sources, enabling us to become a more sustainable community.” The project sought to “re-awaken people in our communities about the importance of Mother Earth”. The project included peer education throughout the year with the school’s Green Team. Victoria conducted research on the school’s ecological footprint – compiling information about how much energy, water, heat, and waste the school generates. Then they created educational materials and activities for students to learn about how to reduce their impact including information about alternative energy technologies, construction of solar ovens, an educational fair with local nonprofits, a presentation by the Environmental Department about how to green the school, an environmental art competition, trash collection competition, an energy conservation day (where teachers turned off the lights and used natural lights instead), and tree planting on campus.
Category: Green Building
Project: The Emerald Home
The Emerald Home achieves the highest certifications available in residential construction. "Emerald in all six categories of Santa Fe's new building code and is on track for "Platinum" LEED for Homes certification and Build Green New Mexico "Gold". It produces all its own electricity with a 9.2 kw Photovoltaic solar system which operates the Geo-Thermal (ground source) heating system as well as all the other energy requirements. The home has proven over the course of the seasons to produce more energy than it consumes. The rainwater catchment system collects 100% of the roof runoff into 5100 gallons of cisterns and directs an additional 20% to passive irrigation. Massive amounts of reclaimed and recycled materials add to the resource efficiency. Indoor air quality is attained by non-use of VOCs, formaldehyde, wall to wall carpeting or anything that might outgas within the home. The Emerald Home has attained an unprecedented HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index of Minus 2.
YouthWorks, Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association & Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity
Category: Affordable Green Housing
Project: Oshara Habitat House
YouthWorks built a green home in Oshara Village for habitat for humanity under the tutelage of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association. The YouthWorks workers also attended classes at Santa Fe Community College and got their GEDs. By training youth in green building and providing housing for low-income residents, this project provides multiple benefits and is a example that can be repeated such that the benefits increase over time.
YouthWorks, Santa Fe Community Housing Trust and Randy Grisson of Santa Fe Community College
Category: Renewable Energy Project
Project: Energy Efficiency Retrofits
"EnergyWorks" was a collaboration between YouthWorks, Community Housing Trust and the City of Santa Fe. Los Amigos has also provided training and employment opportunities. Over the summer 8 youth over completed over 225 energy effiency installation/audits in low and moderate income households. The project’s goals are to Reduce the carbon footprint of our community through reducing the wasteful use of electricity and gas for the operations of households; to help keep local housing more affordable by reducing the utility cost burden on local households; and to create jobs and training opportunities for local young adults in weatherization, green building, energy efficiency and related trades.
Ten Thousand Waves
Category: Water Conservation Project
Project: Water Recycling Laundry Facility
Ten Thousand Waves is a spa resort that has taken the challenge of water conservation to heart. They have implemented a number of water saving measures including cleaning and recycling the tub water for a week before the water is changed. When they do change the water, in the summer it is stored and used for landscape watering. In the winter it is send down the hill in a meandering swale that both waters the natural landscape and recharges the groundwater. More recently they have developed an off-site laundry facility that cleans and recycles the laundry water, greatly reducing the water demands of their laundry operations.
Category: Solid Waste Reduction Project
Project: Food Not Bombs Santa Fe Chapter
In September of 2009, Youth Allies Organizers launched a Santa Fe Food Not Bombs Chapter. The project improves the community by helping to feed people in need and save food that would normally be thrown away even if it was still able to be eaten. Community meals are served twice monthly on Saturdays. Food is served to the homeless and others in need. The project not only includes food diverted from the waste stream but also food grown in Santa Fe community gardens by youth participants and community partners. Food from local grocers and coffee grounds are used to create compost for the gardens – creating an example of a closed cycle for food waste in Santa Fe. The project seeks to address the critical issue of hunger in our community, increase awareness around food security and food sustainability issues, and build community.
St. Michael’s High School
Category: Solid Waste Reduction Project
Project: Turning Over a New Leaf
Seven Santa Fe high schools participated in a district-wide recycling competition in honor of Earth Day.. At the end of the week, recyclables were picked up from the schools and weighed. Schools received points on the amount of recycled materials collected as well as for conducting peer education focusing on practicing reducing, reusing materials, and recylcing (3 R's). Participating schools recycled a total of 3,575 lbs. of recycling this week and over 2,000 students taking part in peer education activities. The Organizers created the competition to generate excitement about environmental activism and get youth to start thinking about the waste they create and start taking those first steps at tackling global warming.
Category: Alternative Transportation Project
Project: Bicycle Restoration Center
The Bicycle Restoration Center trains individuals to repair and maintain bicycles as a transportation source that is economically feasible and environmentally friendly. Donated bike parts are refurbished into functional bicycles, decreasing costs while keeping such items out of the landfill. In 2009 the BRC distributed over 75 bicycles to those in need and over 200 others learned the basic mechanics necessary to keep their existing bicycle functioning and reliable. A multi-tiered training system provides valuable technical skills that can be translated to the workplace. The Chainbreaker Collective sees a direct link between affordable transportation and economic mobility. For this reason, the BRC was also established as a home-base for organizing around transportation policy and safety training for those committed to, or confined to, a car-less commute.
Santa Fe Alliance
Category: Food Systems Project
Project: Food and Fuels
The Regional Food & Fuel Project (RFFP) is focused on development of local sustainable food and energy economies by linking local producers and consumers. The 2-year project includes creation of a food distribution system for SF area restaurants and NM family farms and uses community gatherings, "Curbside Consulting" to farmers and other stakeholders, marketing to consumers, and economic & environmental analysis to strengthen the local resource network. Recognition for RFFP includes 1st Place in BALLE's Napkin Business Plan competition and family foundation and USDA funding. Project partners include Beneficial Farms CSA, SFCC, Local Energy, SF Farmer's Market, La Montanita Coop, economist Michael Shuman, over 30 SF restaurants, and 20 northern NM food growers
Category: Education Program Development
Project: The Sustainable Technologies Center
After years of grant writing and pitching the concept to anyone who would listen, ground broke on the construction of the Sustainable Technologies Center at the Santa Fe Community College. Lou Schreiber’s constant dedication was key to seeing this dream become a reality. Lou worked for the Santa Fe Community College for 13 years networking every green event and coaxing the local professionals to share their expertise by teaching and then connecting with local employers to ensure the graduates can find employment within our community.
Category: A Perpetual Spark of Inspiration
Project: Youth Work in Sustainability
Rose, who passed away in a tragic car accident last summer, was an example for other young people. She educated her peers about the affects of climate change and acted as a role model for how to live a sustainable lifestyle. She was dedicated to her work at school with gardening, starting composting, growing food, and worked to get recycling bins in all the classrooms. Rose organized guerilla gardening projects with her friends at youth allies. She worked on a No Idling Campaign designing a sign for drive thru restaurants and banks asking people to turn off their engines while waiting for service. She really cared about injustices towards those impoverished and served meals to the homeless. She did canvassing and phone banking for the transfer tax bill and the living wage bill. Among many things, Rose had dreams of working for animal rights activist groups. In Rose's short life she accomplished more than many of us even attempt to.