January 31 and February 1, 2015. 9 am- 5 pm.
It will be held in Albuquerque and hosted by Sandia Preparatory School (532 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 (505) 338-3000)
This is the second annual conference that is addressing the issues of climate change, sustainable living and teaching how to shrink our carbon footprint. It is a response to the comment we get the most often regarding our Carbon Economy Series programming which is: “I missed it!” In this one place, on one weekend you can get a condensed version of our series all at once. Our conference is geared towards individuals, property owners, businesses, non-profit groups, government and educational facilities that want to become more sustainable. Our focus this year is to build resilience in our communities by reaching out to young people and families to secure the food system in New Mexico. The content of the summit can empower communities and individuals to be true to the triple bottom line: that which is good for people, good for profit and good for the planet. Local experts will teach regenerative agriculture, the benefits of cooperatives, bee keeping, food as medicine, sustainability in schools, using food as medicine, greening of the desert, Permaculture Design, ZERO Waste, soil food web, water stewardship and much more.
For more information visit:www.carboneconomyseries.org or call (505) 819-3828.
Joe D. Lucero
Joe D Lucero, Traditional Elder of Isleta Pueblo, has been serving his community as pueblo leader most of his adult life.
Mr. Lucero born and raised at Isleta Pueblo attended Isleta Day School as a child, was transferred to St. Katherine’s Indian School then to Sherman Indian School.
His life is full of interesting stories as he traveled with his brother’s in his early life touring with a Native American Singing and Dance troupe to various New England states. He worked with Tiwa Traders in Albuquerque as a silversmith before he met his late wife of 65 years.
Mr. Lucero retired from UNM as journeyman electrician where he worked for nearly 20 years. Previously, assisted building Mossman and Bellamah Homes.
Self made contractor, Mr. Lucero built onto a two-room village house while building another ranch house west of the village as he raised his family, in 1979 built his third home at the village proper where he now resides.
Mr. Lucero farmed as a young boy into adulthood, at age 97 still has a small garden and reaps the benefits of his apple and apricot trees by sun drying them after harvesting. Mr. Lucero works on leather pouches and beadwork aside his contribution as a traditional spokesman for the Isleta people.
Teaching Sustainability in Schools — the Challenge of Cultural Change or How to make Environmental Sustainability
Chuck Buxbaum teaches biology, environmental science and evolutionary biology at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, where he also serves as Sustainability Coordinator for the school. He has also taught environmental science and biology for elementary education majors at UNM, where he received his PhD in desert ecology in 2004. His research involved studying the interactions between soils, geomorphology and climate in the northward spread of the Chihuahuan desert. Chuck received a master's degree in Forest Resource Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he studied changes in nutrient cycling in Adirondack forest ecosystems. Prior to studies in upstate New York, Chuck worked as a waste management planning consultant to the New York City Department of Sanitation in the early 1990s. He received his B.S. in Molecular Biology from Cornell University in 1987. Chuck grew up in and environmentally conscious household. In 1972, Chuck's mom started a neighborhood recycling center in their Brooklyn garage — Chuck would pull his little red wagon up and down the street collecting bags of cans and bundles of newspapers from all his neighbors. 42 years later, Chuck is doing the same with his students and colleagues.
Jessica Rowland is a Lecturer and the Local Food Systems Outreach Coordinator in the University of New Mexico Sustainability Studies Program. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on sustainability, local food systems, and climate change, and is a recipient of the UNM Lecturer of the Year award. Jessica facilitates the UNM Lobo Growers’ Market, and collaborates with various campus and community partners to grow the local and regional food system. She is currently spearheading the development of the UNM Food Systems Collaborative, a diverse campus-wide group of faculty and staff who are engaged in food systems research, teaching and community outreach. Jessica holds an MS in geochemistry and climate change science from the University of Arizona, and is a Board member of La Montañita Food Co-op. She was raised on a small farm in the Pacific Northwest, but is thankful to call the high desert her home.
Mark Nelson, Ph.D., is an eco-system engineer and researcher, and one of the original “Biospherians.” He is Chairman and CEO, and a founding director, of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a U.K. non- profit organization consulting on several demonstration projects working in challenging biomes around the world. He is also Vice Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corp. and consults on wastewater reuse and recycling using Wastewater Gardens®, subsurface-flow constructed wetlands.
Dr. Nelson was a member of the eight-person crew inside Biosphere 2, the 3.15 acre materially-closed facility near Tucson, Arizona, during the first two-year closure experiment (1991-1993). He has worked for several decades in closed ecological system research, ecological engineering, the restoration ofdamaged ecosystems, desert agriculture and orchards and wastewater recycling. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University ofFlorida; an M.S. from the School of Renewable Natural Resources, University of Arizona; and a B.A. in Philosophy/Pre-MedSciences from Dartmouth College.
His Wastewater Gardens projects have taken him to the coast of Yucatan, Mexico; the high desertgrassland south of Santa Fe, New Mexico; the semi-arid tropical savannah of West Australia; theresorts of Bali; and most recently, the deserts of Iraq. He is the author of The Wastewater Gardenerand co-author of Life Under Glass and Space Biospheres and lives at Synergia Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Ecotechnics: Learning to Integrate with the Biosphere
(Lessons from Biosphere 2, land restoration and wastewater recycling)
Mark Nelson, Chairman, Institute of Ecotechnics;
Crew member Biosphere 2 1991-1993; farmer, Synergia Ranch Organic Fruits and Vegetables
author: “The Wastewater Gardener: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time” (Synergetic Press) and “Life Under Glass: the Inside Story of Biosphere 2” (the Biosphere Press)
$99 per day or get the 2 days for 150$