The UNM Sustainability Studies Program, in collaboration with 350.org, is hosting a fun, free and informative event Sunday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. on Johnson Field to raise local and global awareness about climate policy, clean energy, local food and sustainability.
The recent failure in Copenhagen of the global community to agree on policies for climate protection, and failure to pass a clean energy bill in the U.S., has prompted organizations such as Bill McKibben's 350.org and Al Gore's Repower America to call for citizens to request action from elected representatives. The UNM event will give the public a chance to hear directly from elected officials and advocates about their "agenda for climate policy."
The UNM event is one of more than 5,300 10.10.10 events worldwide in more than 174 countries. The event will feature the 10th on-campus Lobo Growers' Market and 10 clean energy vendors and advocate organizations for green building, microlending and environmental wellbeing.
Speeches by policy makers begin at 10 a.m. (moderated by radio host Aracely Chapa) and include:
• John Fogarty, New Energy Economy
• Tim Keller, State Senator, District 17
• Michael Casaus, Sierra Club
• Gail Chasey, State Representative, District 18
• Janice Arnold-Jones, State Representative, District 24
• Jason Marks, Public Regulations Commissioner
A walking tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate major green building projects and clean energy installations on the main UNM campus including: College of Education LEED Platinum building, Biology LEED Gold wing, Mitchell Hall LEED Silver renovation, 180 kW photovoltaic installation on the new parking structure, Ford Utilities retrofit, first water catchment project, and campus vegetable gardens.
Bruce Milne, Director of the UNM Sustainability Studies Program says, "Climate change is upon us. Students, staff, and faculty have put together an exciting event to celebrate how the campus and community are parts of the solution to global warming. We and others around the world are asking policy makers to play their role."
The event is sponsored by Sierra Club, Blue Cross Animal Clinic and Community by Design. For more information contact Milne at 681-4285 or via e-mail at, firstname.lastname@example.org or Terry Horger at 277-3325 or e-mail at, email@example.com.
Media contact: Steve Carr (505) 277-1821; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org