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If you are fired up and want to learn more about sustainability, then check out these educational opportunities. Note: Many large corporations are now hiring Sustainability Managers.

UNM Sustainability Program - Bruce Milne, Director and Program Coordinator, Terry Horger.
The UNM Sustainability Studies Paradigm - Sustainability Studies addresses problems associated with climate change, carbon emissions, energy dependence, resource depletion, food insecurity, poverty, ecosystem collapse, and war.  In Sustainability Studies we research and develop technologies and decision making processes to help meet the basic needs of health, food, shelter, and transportation.  Our approaches include the interests grassof all communities while protecting the environment and fostering economic vitality.  We offer an undergraduate minor degree that complements major degrees in six colleges and schools at UNM: become a green architect, a green economist, a green artist!

NMSU - College of Agriculture has many programs that have a positive impact on our community and sustainability like:

  • producing better food at cheaper prices with less impact on the environment and managing our natural resources for today and tomorrow. NMSU works to bring the results of their research in practical terms to all New Mexicans.

Santa Fe Community College - The Sustainable Technologies Center (STC) at Santa Fe Community College integrates 21st century trades with advanced technologies and "green" curricula to promote a sustainability economy. The STC will work with Sustainable Energy Seriescommunity, state and national partners to further develop and expand the renewable energy industry cluster in the Santa Fe region while being recognized as a state, regional and national resource.

Energy-Rater Training Program This training, which has been offered at the Santa Fe Community College, prepares students for national certification as a HERS home-energy rater. Certified HERS raters charge $300 or more to characterize the energy consumption of a residence, and they give the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star label to homes meeting high standards of energy efficiency.

Saturn Online, is an excellent online educational provider for Energy Efficiency Training. Chris Dorsi and John Krigger have written two of the textbooks in the field and they make learning as painless as possible. They also offer both ResNet (Hers) and BPI tests for certification in this area.

Costa Rica

The Foundation For Sustainable Living - Founded by Albuquerquean Frank Wilson in Costa Rica and established to promote sustainable organic agriculture of diverse food plants, aquaculture, and animal husbandry. They promote development and home construction methods that utilize local materials in well planned, comfortable, but compact living quarters that rely upon renewable power sources. A great educational experience in a beautiful exotic setting. They partner with Earth Education International, experiential learning in sustainable global stewardship.

Educational Sites for young people....

Shell Oil president discusses new fuels, energy security -

Shell Oil isn't just about oil anymore. The multinational company has invested $1 billion in wind over the last decade, owns companies working on solar and hydrogen technologies and will soon announce the acquisition of an entity that uses municipal waste to produce biofuel. Young Person

"With these, we could go a very long way toward meeting energy security requirements," according to John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Company. But conservation has to take hold "in our hearts, minds and behavior of who we are as a people. We have to teach our young people that energy is a precious commodity. We're doing a disservice to young people, because instead of teaching about energy, we're allowing ignorance to reign."

YouthXChange - raising awareness about the (voluntary and involuntary) electricity households’ wastage and their implications in terms of carbon dioxide emissions; stimulating energy saving consumption habits. Some really great ideas.

Story of stuff

The Story of Stuff is an incredible 20 minute video on the connection between consumerism and sustainability. This is a must watch video for ages 8-50.

Teaching Kids about Water Conservation

 

Books....(Browse on Amazon, then buy Local)

Bookworks - 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW

 

World ChangingWorldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century is a groundbreaking compendium of the most innovative solutions, ideas and inventions emerging today for building a sustainable, livable, prosperous future. "Worldchanging" is poised to be the "Whole Earth Catalog" for this millennium. Written by leading new thinkers who believe that the means for building a better future lie all around us, "Worldchanging" is packed with the information, resources, reviews, and ideas that give readers the tools they need to make a difference.

 

Deep Economy by Bill McKibbenDeep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future - Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy. For the first time in human history, he observes, “ more” is no longer synonymous with “ better” — indeed, for many of us, they have become almost opposites. McKibben puts forward a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. Our purchases, he says, need not be at odds with the things we truly value.

Renewable EnergyThe Renewable Energy Handbook: A Guide to Rural Independence, Off-Grid and Sustainable Living - As oil prices continue to rise, many people are starting to think about how to unhook from the power grid. "The Renewable Energy Handbook" focuses completely on off-grid, sustainable living and energy independence in a rural setting. Author William Kemp and his wife designed their own high-efficiency off-grid home in 1991. They worked methodically to produce a home which has all of the standard "middle-class" creature comforts while using six times less heating, cooling, and electrical energy than the average Ontario home. Soon they were inundated with inquiries and decided to put their experience into book form in 2003.

Solar Living Solar Living Sourcebook-12th Edition: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies & Sustainable Living - Do you want to harvest sunlight, wind or falling water to power your home? Or sell that renewable energy back to your utility company? Are you looking to build your dream eco-home? Or to convert to biodiesel and minimize your fossil fuel use? This fully updated classic of sustainable living technology tells how and gives you access to the world's most extensive selection of hardware to make it all happen. The "Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook-12th Edition" is the ultimate resource on renewable energy, sustainable living, alternative construction, green building, homesteading, off-the-grid living and alternative transportation, written by experts with decades of personal experience and a passion or sharing their knowledge.

SOLARTOPIA: Our Green-Powered Earth, A.D. 2030

After the age of fossil/nuke ... a new era dawned ...SolarTopiaClimb aboard our sleek, quiet, supremely comfortable hydrogen-powered "Hairliner" as we fly halfway around an Earth of A.D. 2030 that has mastered the problems of energy and the environment. Beneath us we see a post-industrial world booming with the wealth and harmony of a revolution in green power, one brewing since 1952, but finally in place. Written by one of the world's leading advocates of renewable energy, SOLARTOPIA takes its place with LOOKING BACKWARD and ECOTOPIA in classic visionary thinking. Read this once -- your view of the future will never be the same.

Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning is both a manifesto for action and a thought experiment. We know that climate change is happening. But can it be stopped? George Monbiot's new book "Heat" Heatshows how it can. Its experimental subject is a medium-sized industrial nation: the United Kingdom. It seeks to show how a modern economy can be de-carbonized while remaining a modern economy. "I then seek to determine how best their energy might be supplied. Before I began my research on that subject, I thought it would be quite easy to cover: I would need only decide whether we should use wind, waves or solar power, or nuclear energy, or biomass, or a means of stripping carbon dioxide from the exhausts of power stations. But the more I read, the more difficult and contradictory the questions became.".

Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Kingsolver"As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us paddled against the tide, heading for the Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around. We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain. "Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel. . . ." "This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . . and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air." Src: Harper Collins

DVDs....

Building With Awareness DVDBuilding With Awareness - The Award-Winning DVD On Straw Bale and Green Building - Inspiring video and now with a companion guide book ...buy both and SAVE. "My goal in creating this DVD and guidebook was to show you the step-by-step, real-world process of building a single, straw bale home from start to finish. With the knowledge you will gain from Building With Awareness, you will have the confidence and know-how to either build your own home yourself or to work with designers, architects, and contractors." - Ted Owens, green designer and film maker. Watch clip for just a taste.