2015 NM Climate Masters REGISTRATION now OPEN. Click here to register.

Tuesday evenings (5:30-8 p.m.) March 10-May 12, 2015

We will be posting our class schedule soon, but here are a list of the topics and confirmed expert speakers for the 10 class sessions:

Climate Change Communication (Eileen Everett, Education Director with the Santa Fe Watershed Association)

Local Food and Agriculture (Don Bustos, Farmer and Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee-New Mexico)

Renewable Energy (Craig O’Hare, Energy Programs Specialist with Santa Fe County and Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director and President of New Energy Economy)

Science (Craig Allen, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Jemez Mountains Field Station)

Water (Andy Otto, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Watershed Association)

Land Management (TBD)

Consumption and Waste (Adam Schlacther, Recycling Outreach and Education Coordinator with Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Authority and Juliana Ciano, Outreach Coordinator with Reunity Resources)

Permaculture (Reese Baker, Owner and Founder of The Raincatcher, Inc.)

Green Architecture/Green Businesses (Amanda Hatherly, Director of the New Mexico Energy$mart Academy and The Center for Excellence for Green Building and Energy Efficiency at the Santa Fe Community College)

Transportation (TBD)

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The Climate Masters program was developed at the University of Oregon Climate Leadership Initiative and is modeled after the Master Gardeners program. The purpose of a Climate Masters course is to provide approximately 30 hours of in-class programming to participants.  The programming is designed to provide ideas of how we can reduce our carbon footprints through a variety of ways including transportation, energy conservation, waste, consumption, food, and water issues.  Upon completion of the program, participants create and implement a 30 hour service project in the community. This project has two objectives for the participants: 1) Serve as a positive messenger of how we as individuals and a community can reduce our carbon footprint. 2) Incorporate the learned material into a small-scale, community service effort.

The New Mexico Climate Masters program was initiated in 2008 and in three and a half years has graduated 150 students.  In fall 2011, the New Mexico Environment Department cancelled the program and the Santa Fe Watershed Association began a fundraising effort to keep this successful program going. The first cohort of Climate Masters after this change graduated in August 2012 and went on to form Got Sol, a Santa Fe-based volunteer organization whose mission is to expand and increase the use of solar energy throughout New Mexico. With 300 days of sunshine, New Mexico has the potential to lead the nation in solar energy development, create jobs, spur economic development, all while fighting climate change. Click here for more info about Got Sol.

The curriculum is designed to focus on climate change and water issues, specifically how recent and current forest management in the Upper Santa Fe Watershed, including prescribed burns, forest thinning, and reservoir management have increased the health of forests and will help protect our watershed from catastrophic wildfires. Weekly, expert guest speakers will provide an in-depth presentation in one of the topic areas. Participants in this program will also be taken on a field trip into the Upper Santa Fe Watershed to witness first-hand the efforts already undertaken to protect the watershed.

Once participants complete the 10 sessions and field trip, they will be required to complete at least 30 hours of community service before they receive the title of “Climate Master.”  The community service can be a combination of planned activities offered by the Santa Fe Watershed Association including river cleanups and tree plantings, and self-created outreach projects approved by the Education Director.

Please contact Eileen at eileen@santafewatershed.org or call 505-820-1696 for more information.