For a sustainability-minded community like Santa Fe, Earth Day is more a power surge of ongoing efforts than a shallow and short-lived kumbaya with Mother Nature. Santa Fe is a recognized leader in sustainability initiatives, an early adopter of the 2030 Challenge by architect Ed Mazria. Check out the city’s Residential Green Building Code and the Sustainable Santa Fe Plan at the city’s website.
For fun and community profit, take part in one of the many of the Earth Day events happening throughout the weekend. Start off at Warehouse 21 from 7-10 PM tonight where Earth Care’s Youth Allies present an Art and Social Change Show. On Saturday, head over to the Community Farm at San Isidro Crossing for two major events: The Earth Day Celebration and Day of Service kicks off at 10 am with service projects followed by a community picnic, demonstrations, a seed giveaway from Seeds of Change, live music and more. Then, from 1-3 PM, Sustainable Santa Fe will be honoring local heros of sustainability and best practices at its annual awards ceremony. Details at the Earth Care International website.
Also happening this weekend, from 10-4, Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25, in downtown Santa Fe at the Hilton near the Plaza, a free Sustainability Expo with Free Sustainability Workshops and presentations by local businesses and not-for-profits. Topics include:
* Drip Irrigation
* Solar Ovens
* Tree Planting
* Solar PV Systems
* What’s in Your Water and How to Remove Contaminants
* Using Grey Water to Make Your Garden Grow
Find more information at the Facebook Fan Page for Sustainable Santa Fe hosted by Taylor Selby Selby himself will be at the Positive Energy Booth at the Expo on Sunday.
Gardeners shouldn’t miss the 6th Annual Garden Fair this Saturday, 10-4 at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds, as mentioned in my previous post, Controlling Chaos. Savor Allison Moore’s luscious landscape designs at her website Spirit of the Garden. Read up on Xeriscape Council of New Mexico and other local landcrafters and learn how lush and beautiful a low water landscape can be.
Finally, for a more expanded look at Santa Fe’s environmental scene, read Earth Day A-Z by Laura Paskus at the Santa Fe Reporter.